Rapid swimmers take on finals in Redding

Lucas Rolin earns his first medal at the Northern Valley Aquatics League championships in Redding the first weekend in August. Photos submitted

The water is drying on the deck as the 2019 swim season competitions draw to a close. The Plumas Rapids athletes traveled to compete in the Northern Valley Aquatics League (NVAL) Championships in Redding the first weekend in August.

The traveling swimmers included Colter and Savannah Little, Aiden and Reilly Vaughn, Sabrina Walker, Emily Choate, Tatum Hughes and Lucas Rolin. The athletes and their supporting friends and family stayed in Redding Friday through Sunday. Temperatures were over 100 all weekend.

Having an audience and the adrenaline of a big race like the NVAL Championship Invitational at the end of the season can be a nerve-racking experience, but on the other hand, sometimes it can add a nice boost. Coulter Little was one of those racers; he cut his time in seven of his races. Emily Choate also trimmed her time in three of her races.

Young Lucas Rolin earned his first ever medal, a fifth place for boys 8 and under in the 50-yard backstroke. 2019 was the second season for Rolin on the swim team and his first experience competing at the big Championship NVALS.

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Coulter and Savannah Little are old hands at the tough finals competitions, the siblings have been competing at NVALS since 2010.

It has been a wonderful swim season full of activity and camaraderie for the Plumas swimmers and their families. Plumas Rapids President Aimee Rolin said, “We couldn’t have done it without all the support of volunteer parents and community members, it’s been fantastic.”

The summer heat will continue for a while longer, of this we can be fairly certain. But swim practice is over for the Plumas Rapid swimmers until May 2020. In the meantime, there is a strong movement to raise funds to upgrade the Pioneer pool and perform needed maintenance, a costly project. Anyone interested in lending a hand can find information at cprpd.com by clicking “save the pool.”