Monday, July 21, 2014
While Snee Farm regained its place among the Lowcountry swimming elite by capturing the 2014 Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association’s City Championship on Sunday, July 20, Goose Creek and the Crowfield community hope to put together as impressive a string serving as event hosts.
Snee Farm won the CCAA championship for 22 straight years until losing out to Coosaw Creek in 2011. Crowfield Golf and Country Club pool hopes the city swim meet returns next year.
“We had a terrific time hosting this year’s swim meet,” said Jennifer Condon, event coordinator for the Goose Creek Community Pool at Crowfield Golf Club. “Our staff worked hard to accommodate the crowd and traffic, and the swim meet has run very smoothly.”
Smoothly, even despite more than an hour delay on Sunday because of rain.
This year’s meet was moved to Goose Creek due to construction at the Jewish Community Center, host of the CCAA city championships for the past 17 years.
Crowfield has a 25-yard pool while the JCC has a 25-meter pool.
“We had a total of 1,829 kids competing in the swim meet over the three days of the event,” said Condon, who is also the swim coach at Stratford High School. “We estimated a crowd of around 10,000 people watched the event during those three days.”
Condon said visitors were extremely complimentary: “Our volunteers with the City of Goose Creek and Stratford High School did an excellent job. We’ve gotten great compliments and we’re very pleased with how the meet turned out.”
Snee Farm led overall throughout the three days of swimming, amassing 2,949.5 points to reclaim the crown after a three-year absence. Last year’s champion, Coosaw Creek, finished second with 2,580.5 points, followed by Daniel Island with 2,571; Northbridge Terrace with 2,403 points; and Shadowmoss with 2,194.5.
On Saturday, Snee Farm won its third overall age group championship during the final swim session of the day, adding the 9-10 girls to the 7-8 girls and 11-12 boys. The Newington Tiger Sharks finished as the 9-10 boys overall age group champions.
While the detour to Crowfield may be just a one-year event, Condon hopes their success in hosting the city championships brings more events like this to Goose Creek and the community.
“We saw how we wanted to do things this year that might have been different from years past and I think we pulled it off,” Condon said.
The final team standings:
Snee Farm 2,949.5
Coosaw Creek 2,580.5
Daniel Island 2,517
Northbridge Terrace 2,403
Hobcaw Yacht Club 1,898
Dunes West 1,716
Country Club 1,142.5
James Island 1,115.5
Legend Oaks 659.5
Pine Forest 562
Fort Johnson 428
Jewish Community Center 114
Summerville YMCA 92.5