Nixon Fast Five Swim Team splashes records
The swim team has qualified for the swimming region championship tournament in Brownsville this weekend after winning big at the most recent District 29-6A competition
LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) -The Nixon High School Swim Team has qualified for the swimming region championship tournament in Brownsville this weekend after winning big at the most recent District 29-6A Swimming and Diving Competition.
Many people don’t realize that swimming has been viable sport here in the Gateway City for about 50 years with many swimmers earning winning slots at regional and state competitions as well as placing at the Junior Olympics.
This weekend a collection of athletes from Nixon High School plan to continue this winning streak.
The team which on any given year begins practicing in August had to push back practices due to the coronavirus.
This year brought forth many changes and less time to gather to work on their skills.
They began practicing in December with many restrictions, but their ability to follow protocol has paid off.
The group goes by the name the “Nixon Fast Five” but it’s is actually comprised of seven swimmers and they are under the direction of head swim coach Maritza D. Gomez.
They expect a big turnout at the regional championships which starts Friday with the girls competing and continue into Saturday as the boy’s dive into the game and they say the virus only increased their drive.
Coach Gomez says the pandemic has affected all sports around the world including swimming. The team has had to make some adjustments and get used to the new guidelines to keep everyone safe.
Gomez goes on to add they have the luxury of practicing in one of the longest swimming pools in Laredo, allowing each swimmer to have their own lane, giving them more than enough space to social distance in the water.
The Nixon Fast Five will be among the 19 South Texas schools attending the regional championships in Brownsville.
To further keep the athletes safe, the swimmers wear a double mask and are asked to keep it on until they dive in at the diver’s block and then they’re asked to put it back on after getting out of the pool.
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