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Barracudas Kick Off Swim Team Competition
Riverbanks June Mirles competes in the backstroke, cutting through the waster as the Riverbank Barracudas hosted the Patterson Pirates in swim team action on Friday. Here, Mirles is swimming in the relay race for 13- to 18-year-olds in the Friday, July 10 competition at the Riverbank Community Pool. See story, additional photos in Sports, Page A7. Ric McGinnis/The News


Riverbank’s youth swim team, the Barracudas, kicked off its 2015 season with a meet against the visiting Patterson Pirates on Friday, July 10. The locals compete at Riverbank’s Community Pool, at the corner of Seventh and Stanislaus streets, adjacent to the Community Center Park.

This year, Patterson is the only other team in the league, so meets are limited to two home and two away events. The teams will compete four times, all on Fridays in July, with upcoming meets on July 17, 24 and 31.

With Riverbank’s 72 swimmers facing 88 from Patterson, the meet ran through the evening despite boys and girls age group events being combined on the six lanes of the pool.

While meet results were not available at press time, early races seemed to favor the Barracudas. Team officials noted that the Pirates’ facilities feature a computerized system for scoring, with totals available almost immediately, while Riverbank’s stop watches and pencil and paper tallies made it more difficult to report scores quickly.

This Friday, the ‘Cudas travel to Patterson, with the Pirates returning to town the following week, with Riverbank traveling again for that last meet to close out the season at the end of July.