TEXAS CITY – On Sunday, more than 700 youth swimmers competed to give their local swim clubs area bragging rights in the 50th Annual Clear Creek Swim League Champ Series Meet at the Matthew T. Doyle Natatorium in Texas City.
This year’s winning team was the PineBrookWood Orcas, made up of residents of the Brookwood and Pine Brook subdivisions in the Clear Lake area. Rounding out the top five were the Pearland Pirates, Deer Park Seals, Friendswood Area Swim Team and League City Barracudas.
In all, 21 teams entered the contest. Teams mostly hail from the small communities south of Houston, with some teams having as many as 400 total swimmers.
The competition featured various races for kids from age groups 8 and younger all the way to 15 to 18 years old.
Nearly 4,000 swimmers on the 21 area teams began five-days-a-week training in April for a five-meet regular season with the goal of racing to a championship time in order to qualify for the Champ Series Meet.
The championship times are calculated each year based on the best times in each age group the previous year.
The bar for next year’s championship times was raised quite a bit by this year’s group, according to CCSL President Brian Sharpless.
Most years, the Champ Series sees two or three records broken, Sharpless said, but this year’s meet saw 12 new league records reached.