Blue Dolphins host first summer swim meet

Danny Roark is one of many of swimmers to set new personal records.

DALLAS -- The Dallas Blue Dolphins swimming team set a slew of personal-best marks in a July 14 meet at the Dallas Aquatic Center.

The meet was Dallas' second of the summer, but it was their first at their home facility.

"I think the kids swam very well," Dolphins coach Teresa Tolzmann said. "A lot of our new swimmers had some great times. I think they were all excited to have a meet at home and to be swimming in their own pool."

Danny Roark was one of the most obvious standouts for the Dallas squad. He set four personal records in the 9-10-year-old division, each by a considerable margin -- 6.6 seconds in the 50 freestyle, 13.8 in the 50 butterfly, 8.5 in the breaststroke and 14.5 in the backstroke.

Jessica Cortez, swimming in the 13-14 division, also set a pair of personal bests and finished first in the 50 freestyle (32.00) and 100 breaststroke (1:46.08).

"The older you get, the harder it is to take time off," Tolzmann said,. "When you're little, it's easy. She did a great job.

Kent Tolzmann had a pair of personal bests and trimmed 19.4 seconds off his time in the 100 individual medley.

Other swimmers who had at least two personal bests were Jennifer Cortez, Christopher Adams, Amanda Cooper, Leighton Clarke, Kwame Braziel, Cindy Edmonds, J.T. Guerrero-Spitz and Mike Perkins.

The Dolphins, who have been working out four days per week, have a meet July 21 at Stayton. The Mid-Willamette Valley Summer League finals are set for Aug. 4, also at Stayton.

"I really want the kids to come in with a good attitude, ready to swim," Teresa Tolzmann said. "I like them to have fun when they're swimming, too. All of them have been working very hard at practice. I think their times reflect how hard they're working in practice. Their coach is very proud of them."

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