Panama City Beach, FL---What better way to cool off from the hot and humid weather than with a dip in the pool?
That's where you could find the Panama City Swim team Saturday, diving right in to competition this morning at the Aquatic Center at Frank Brown Park for their Last Chance Long Course Swim Meet.
It's called "Last Chance", because it was all 165 swimmers lining the lanes final opportunity to qualify for the Southeastern Championships, taking place next weekend in Knoxville.
43 PCST-ers have already earned their right to advance, with the club bringing nearly all of them to Tennessee.
"Well the kids that don't end up qualifying for the Southeastern Championships, we usually have a pretty good sense going in of that," says PCST head coach Brian Haddad. "And so, we have some things that we'll work on here for the next couple of weeks. But we shift our focus then to the fall. For the kids who do qualify and are going on, obviously, our focus is taking some experience from this meet, and just refining that last little bit before the championship."
The event also marks the end of the summer season for PCST.
"It's been really good," says Haddad. "It's a little difficult for us, getting out of school so late because we have vacations and camps that kick in right really in the middle of our training. But they've done a good job overcoming those obstacles, and they've really done a good job. We've added a lot of kids over the last month and we should have a good group going to Knoxville."
The meet finishes competition Sunday.