Watertown brought home numerous first place finishes as hundreds of people walked through the doors of the new downtown YMCA this weekend for the CNY YMCA District Swimming Championship.
The Watertown YMCA Blue Sharks finished first overall in 8 and under girls, 8 and under boys, ages 9 to 10 boys, and ages 15 to 19 girls. The only team with more first place finishes was Auburn with five.
Seven YMCAs took part in the event with the Norwich, Fulton, Corland, Oneida, and Oneonta YMCAs joining Watertown and Auburn.
The event drew in so many people that tickets were given out to control the number of people by the pool. Once a spectator’s swimmer was done, they were to return to the pickleball court, where the swimmers were staged so another family could watch their swimmer.
Even though they weren’t poolside, spectators could still watch what was going on in the pool because of a flat screen television livestreaming the meet. Another television was on near the pool’s glass window viewing area and the event was also livestreamed on YouTube.
Seven YMCAs took part in the event.
Watertown Blue Sharks Coach Lori Peters said the setup for the meet was “perfect.”
She said it was also nice because the meet could be “contained” to the pool half of the YMCA.
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