The Sherwood Sharks began the 2014 swim season with a strong win over the Otter Creek Otters Saturday morning.
Sherwood has won the Central Arkansas Swim League the past ten consecutive seasons, but could face a tougher time this year.
"We are not the biggest team anymore," said coach Mary Jo Heye. "It has hurt us that there haven’t been swim lessons at our recreation center in about a year, and our local high schools don’t have swim teams like Bryant, Conway and Cabot do.
At Otter Creek, the Sharks had swimmers sweep every event they swam, helping Sherwood to the dominant 929-254 win.
Eight-year-old Michael Potts and Madelyn Morrow finished first in each of their events, while Dillon Wood and Avery Ballany swept through the 9-10 division.
In the 11-12 division, Joseph Potts and Alaya Smith won each of their events. 15-year-old Thomas Heye dominated the 15-18 division, winning every event. Jordan Woodson and Camryn Jenkins were the outstanding swimmers in the 13-14 age group.
"The teams knows this is going to be their toughest season in years," Heye said. "But these guys work really hard and have a lot of heart."
The Lakewood Waves kicked off their new swim season with a meet at Maumelle, taking on the Marlins and the Conway Crocodiles.
Lakewood finished behind those two large teams, but had several swimmers put together solid individual performances.
Caleb Hoskins and Tristan Taylor each had a really strong meet, winning three events apiece.
Taylor, swimming in the bronze 9-10 division, won the backstroke, breaststroke and individual medley. In the 11-12 bronze division, Hoskins took first in the freestyle, butterfly and IM.
Aurora King, swimming in the girls 11-12 bronze, was the only other Wave to win more than one event. King took first in the back and the IM.
For the boys, Kolton Jones had the other win for the Waves. Jones, swimming in the 11-12 bronze, won the breastroke.
In the girls races, Sarah Marlin won the breaststroke in the 11-12 gold division.
The 13-14 silver girls race saw a good competition between Lakewood teammates Cameron Bethell and Emily Marlin. Racing in the butterfly, Bethell won the event, with Marlin coming in a close second.
The Waves will host a meet this weekend when they welcome Cabot and Lonoke to Lakewood.
— Chad Matchett