Swimming in spotlight at State Games in Winston-Salem

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Maria Seward, of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina's Riptyde swim team, swims the 200 meter freestyle event at the State Games' meet at Bolton Pool. (Credit: David Rolfe/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Summer arrived in the Triad just in time for the 2012 Powerade State Games of North Carolina.

With the temperature Saturday morning edging toward 81 degrees at Bolton Pool, Coach Mike Brady was emphatic: “It’s a great day to be at the pool.”

Brady is the swim meet director for the games this year. He said the event is a good opportunity for swimmers around Winston-Salem to meet other competitors in a friendly atmosphere.

“One thing about this event is that it is more low-key than other state and regional competitions,” Brady said. “Teams we don’t normally get to compete against come here, and it being a smaller meet we can give kids that don’t normally get recognition a chance to win a medal. You can see there is just a really strong sense of camaraderie and fellowship among the kids.”

Amber Li, 13, attends Jefferson Middle School. She is participating in her second state games, and said the four races in which she is competing provide a stepping stone to other regional and national swim meets.

This article was written by Jacob Carah and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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