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Families and friends watching the races. Photo by FILLC

Portola Penguins host swim meet and BBQ 


The Portola Penguins Swim Team hosted the Lassen Volcanoes Swim Team on Aug. 21 for the second and last home meet of the season. Twenty-nine Volcanoes competed against 16 Penguins in 28 individual races and two relays. The meet was followed by a ribbon ceremony complete with a silent auction, BBQ, and birthday cake for the Penguin’s coach, Jennifer Condliffe.

“My son Jacob and I came to Portola from Rocklin to watch my nephew Piper and the Penguins compete against the Volcanoes,” said Svitlana Stosen. “It was a beautiful warm day, and the kids were excited and eager to swim.”

Penguin records were set by some Portola team members, including Sadie Bourgoine who got a time of 21.25 seconds for the girl’s 25-yard backstroke, and Kylie Low who swam the 50-freestyle race in 33.76 seconds.

“The Penguins thank the Volcanoes for coming to Portola on what happens to be a school night,” said swim parent Maria Guy. “It was a lovely way to end the swim season, as well as summer vacation for our kids. They are very much looking forward to setting new records next year.”

The Penguins hosted a booth Aug. 26 at ‘Music in the Park’ event in Portola to share their successful swim season with the community and as their final fundraiser of the summer.

Portola Penguins and Lassen Volcanoes after the ribbon ceremony. Photo by FILLC
Jack Benuto, recently recovered from a broken wrist, swims the boys 10 and over 25 yard breaststroke. Photo by FILLC
Alyson Crosby (Volcanoes), Angeliene Garcia (Penguins), Shealeigh Butterbach (Volcanoes) and Joy Felix (Penguins) get ready for the girls open 50 yard freestyle. Photo by FILLC

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