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      State Swim Meet Encourages Swimmers Of All Abilities To Be Successful

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      Seven weeks of weekly swim competitions come down to a final showdown for area swimmers.

      More than 20 teams from both Nebraska and Kansas, dive in to their final meet of the summer, at the Plains Tsunami Swim League state championships. It's a spin-off from a more competitive and expensive program that started in 1987.

      Organizers say they wanted to encourage swimmers of all abilities to be successful.

      "We want everyone to have the best opportunity to compete in this league. We still have the serious competition, we still have kids competing day in and day out, but we don't want to forget about the ones who struggle," said Eustis-Farnam swim coach Gerald Utterback. "So it's been a great league, it's been wonderful for all these communities to get kids involved in something and it's been an adventure to see this grow."

      The competition included kids from eight and up to adults 30 and over. Plans are already underway for next year's swim meet.
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