After months of early mornings, hard swim practices’ and more chlorinated water than they’d like to admit they’ve consumed, the Sherwood Shark swimmers are gearing up for their most important meet to date.

You’ve probably seen them bobbing around in the Thornhill pool in the mornings or noticed the heavy collection of cars in the Bill Harmon parking lot in the evenings. It’s been quite a season for these busy athletes and their families and it’s all been working up to this weekend. On Saturday, the Sharks will have their game faces on and set for full-throttle water combat against the Bryant Barracudas.

Shark swimmers, parents and volunteers will make the 45-minute voyage to Bryant early Saturday morning — fold-up chairs, coolers, tents, blankets, goggles, swim caps, and towels in hand. Most Sharks arrive at least an hour before the meet starts to warm up. It’s certain you’ll hear Coach Keith’s booming voice giving last-minute direction over all the splashing, bobbing, and flip-turns.

It takes dedicated families to camp out in the July sun and watch through the heated glare on the windows of the Bryant pool. Tents and blankets sprinkled with parents and siblings will be chaotically organized around the outside of the pool building for swimmers to rest between heats. Bets are Shark and Barracuda spectators will get just as wet as the swimmers with this Arkansas humidity.

The Sherwood Sharks are currently undefeated for the 2013 season. The Sharks have held the championship title for the past nine years and aim to make this a decade of victory. Swimmers will compete in bronze, silver, gold and platinum categories. This is the meet that will make or break the Sharks’ goal of holding that title for ten consecutive years. Good luck Sharks!