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Riverbank Swim Team Hosts First Home Meet
A pair of sisters compete against each other at the Riverbank Barracudas first home meet of the year. In lane three, to the left, is Julie Avila, and in lane one, to the right, its Katie Avila. The meet kicked off the season, and the holiday weekend on Friday at the local pool, competing against the Patterson Pirates. Ric McGinnis/The News

Despite temperatures at or above the century mark this past week, the Riverbank Barracudas swim team hosted their first meet of the season when the Pirates of Patterson came to town on Friday, July 1.

At 4:30 p.m., as the meet was about to begin, one of the Barracuda coaches had a brief run-in with the 99-degree heat and needed some assistance. Felled by the high temperatures, lifeguards, other coaches and crew members came to the aid of Elizabeth Nunnally near the starters platforms at the Riverbank Pool. She spent the bulk of the meet sitting in the shade, drinking cold water and recuperating after overheating.

Since there are only two teams remaining in the area interested in competing, the Barracudas will trade home and away meets with the Patterson Pirates, accounting for four weeks of competition. Their meet this week is in Patterson, July 8, then they return to the home pool on July 15 at 5 p.m.

A race official pointed out that, with many heats in some age groups, it takes time to tabulate the official meet results. Each lane’s recorded time must be added to the totals and the placement calculated to establish the proper ranking.

With the holiday weekend figured in as well, officials were not expecting the results to be complete until sometime this week, too late for The News’ press deadline.