Panama City Beach, FL---Over at Frank Brown Park Saturday, the Panama City Swim Team hosted the Paradise Long Course Invitational. Almost 450 swimmers, traveling from as far as Tennessee and Boston, aged as young as six to as old as 25 competing in the two day event.
It's the first home meet for the club this season, and a chance to grow by facing elite competition.
"What's great about having this facility here and events like this, it allows us to bring in some of the top kids in the nation to come down and compete against our guys and really exposes us to a level of competition that we're trying to reach," said Panama City Swim Team head coach Brian Haddad. "We're just trying to set some foundations and make some improvements on some little things and mainly to learn things for as we get closer to championship season."
It's only PCST's second meet of the young season, their first at home, yet the local squad's shown their coaches their ready.
"It's a really tough time of year, with all the end of school activities starting to come in, and high schoolers with exams and graduations coming, but they've actually done a great job of multitasking," said Haddad. "And they're working really hard right now. It's tough when the weather's nice. They get spring fever, but it's going pretty well."
Day two of the meet set to begin ay 8 AM, with the final heats coming to a close at 4 PM.