Masters swimmers in Beaufort County are going LOCO.
No, they’re not going crazy. They’re teaming up.
LOCO is the U.S. Masters Swimming four-letter designation for Lowcountry Masters, the newly created umbrella entry for Masters swimmers in and around Beaufort County.
This includes the Beaufort Masters Swim Team, the Hilton Head Athletic Club and a handful of swimmers from the Bluffton and Sun City areas.
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Basically, what was happening was that no one could form relay teams,” LOCO representative Pete Palmer said. “... We all know each other or each other’s coaches. We go off to a meet, and there’s a group of five of six and a group of eight or 10.”
Since relay teams are determined on age, by doubling the size of the pool of swimmers, you more than double the number of relays you can swim.
“The fun part isn’t to go out there yourself,” Palmer said. “The relays are the fun part. The common sense was ‘wouldn’t it be more fun to swim the relays?’ ”
Palmer expects LOCO’s numbers to grow, particularly in the Bluffton area, as the word spreads.
The individual swim teams will still exist and continue to hold individual practices but will come together for major competitions.
“This offers us more opportunities for swimmers across all age groups to participate,” Palmer said.
The first event under the LOCO umbrella will be the Short Course Meters (25 meters) event Dec. 5 through 7 in Columbia.
Details: Pete Palmer at 843-263-3371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.