Aiden Vaughn swims fast in the butterfly event during the Last Splash in Durham. Photos submitted

Rapids swim final laps 

Three Plumas swimmers participated in the annual Durham Dolphins Last Splash Swim Meet on Aug. 4 and 5 in Durham.

The meet was held on the spur of the moment, a week after North Valley Aquatic League championships were cancelled in Redding as the Carr Fire moved to within a half mile of the Redding Aquatic Center. The substitute meet was organized by Durham Dolphins Coach Brian Clark andwas supported by volunteers fromteams league-wide with over 150 swimming athletes participating.

Over $5,000 was raised at the event in support of those affected by the Carr Fire. Quincy residents Kay and Klay Lund from the Plumas Rapids volunteered to serve both days as event officials.

Aiden Vaughn swam fast, taking 11 seconds off his 200 freestyle with a time of 2:40.22, and 2 seconds off his 50 free, coming in at 32.50,” said coach and father Paul Vaughn. “Reilly Vaughn dropped big time too, and was overall winner for boys age 9-10.”

The third swimmer from the Rapids team at the Durham Final Swim was Trenton Holland who swam in four individual events, andin his first ever relays. In those relay events he teamed up with three members of the Vaughn family: Aiden, Reilly, and coach Vaughn himself, for the 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay.

“It (Last Splash) was a great way to come together in support of the people in need in Redding,” said coach Vaughn, “and it was a great way to finish the season. It really felt like the tight-knit community we are, very close.”