City Swim Meet
Where: Goose Creek Community Pool (Crowfield), 300 Hamlet Circle, Goose Creek
Schedule: Friday: 11-12 age group, 5:40 p.m.; Saturday: 7-8 age group, 9:40 a.m.; 9-10 age group, 1:40 p.m.; Sunday, 13-14 and 15-18 age groups, 3:40 p.m.
Parking: All parking is at Stratford High School, 951 Crowfield Blvd., Goose Creek. $5 per car and shuttles will be provided.
There will be meet records galore during the 47th Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association City Championship Swim Meet that will take place Friday through Sunday at the Goose Creek Community Pool located at Crowfield Golf Club. That's because the swimmers will be competing in a 25-yard pool versus a 25-meter pool for the first time in the championship's history.
After a run of 17 years at the Jewish Community Center, the meet was moved this year because of construction of a new Addlestone Hebrew Academy at the JCC.
"This was going to consume all our parking. There's something about 10-year-old boys and active construction sites that scared everybody," said CCAA president Chris Accetta. "Way back in September they asked us to consider another venue. We are extremely grateful to Goose Creek for without them saying 'yes' we would have no meet this year."
More than a thousand young swimmers are expected to participate in the meet. Coosaw Creek won its third consecutive title last year at the Jewish Community Center, besting Snee Farm, Daniel Island, Shadowmoss and Northbridge Terrace. Prior to Coosaw Creek's streak, Snee Farm had won the title 22 straight years.
Susan Beylotte, the Jewish Community Center team representative, said the JCC is sad to see the event move.
"It's such a central location. Everyone loved coming here. It was so easy to get to the JCC. We're right in the middle of everything," Beylotte said. "The city meet is a big thing. The swimmers get so excited. But it really doesn't matter where the city meet is. It's a big deal for the kids and it's worth the drive."
In addition to a new venue, there's also been a change in format. The 11-12 age group will swim at 5:40 p.m. Friday; 7-8s will swim at 9:40 a.m. Saturday; 9-10s will swim at 1:40 p.m. Saturday; and 13-14s and 15-18s will swim at 3:40 p.m. Sunday.
Accetta said the Goose Creek Community Pool had an adequate amount of space for swimmers and spectators but wanted to err on the side of caution and not have everyone competing at the same time.
"We decided to go with smaller numbers of swimmers and smaller numbers of spectators per session," Accetta said. "We didn't want to disappoint the swimmers or the spectators. We feel this will be a better experience for everybody. We felt this way we would be a better way of evaluating if we go back there again."