Nearly 58 years to the day of its grand opening in 1956, Wiltondale Pool hosted its first-ever swim meet on June 30, opening the gates to Campus Cabana's swim team, the Seahorses, of Campus Hills.
The grounds were decorated with homemade signs cheering on the Wiltondale Warriors and welcoming Campus Cabana. The marquee meet, which lasted for more than three hours, featured DJ Nick Nesbitt as their announcer, periodic Treat Heats with free food for swimmers, Rita's Ice and a hot dog cart.
Beth Tober, Wiltondale Swim team co-director, was thrilled with the support they received from the Freestate Swimming League.
"We were brand new to the local swim team scene, and the league was so helpful in getting us started and helping us out in every way," said Tober, who led the team with co-directors Elise Cloyd and Sara Barber. "The hours of planning and preparation paid off, and all of the swimmers and spectators seemed to have a great time."
Tober acknowledged the assistance of coaches Devin Kirby and Alison Mingo, home meet coordinator Kristy Knuppel, food/concessions coordinator Angela Guevara, parking managers John Barber and Brad Eastham, and a pool staff led by Jeff Glorioso.
"Wiltondale obviously put in a great deal of organization and planning for this event," said Campus Cabana swim team co-director Debbie Straka, of Greenbrier. "They could not have been more accommodating and positive. Their commitment to summer swimming is evident in their enthusiasm."
The Seahorses defeated the Warriors in the match, which featured many close races between the two teams.
Wiltondale (wiltondalepool.org) will host one more meet this season on July 16 against the Screaming Eagles from Towson Golf & Country Club, located in Phoenix.
The Warriors maintained a roster of about 125 swimmers in its second year with the league. In addition to Campus Cabana and Eagle's Nest, Freestate also includes Hampton, Pine Ridge, Stoneleigh, Valley, Woodcroft and York Manor swim teams.
The Seahorses of Campus Cabana (www.campuscabana.com) have been busy themselves, completing a 12-hour swimming marathon on June 27 to raise money for a local charity organization, the Cool Kids Campaign (www.coolkidscampaign.org).
The Seahorse swimmers, which also included teams of swim-team moms and coaches, logged in 1,986 laps during the marathon. The team aims to raise $2,000 for Cool Kids, which is based in Towson and was founded by Rob Belanger, Chris Federico, Sharon Perfetti, and Kimmie Meissner.
Donations can be made directly to Cool Kids through a special online donation page through their website (http://www.razoo.com/story/Campus-Cabana-Swim-Marathon).