Eight-year-old Summer Cardwell scored 140 points to win the high-point award for the girls 8 and under division at the TBAY Invitational June 29 and June 30, in Lakeland.
The Lakewood Ranch YMCA Wave Runners swimmer swam a total of 10 events, collecting eight medals and two ribbons. Summer finished first in the 25- and 50-yard backstrokes, setting a new personal best time of 37.75 in the 50.
Most recently, the Wakeland Elementary School third-grader competed in 100 backstroke in the 10U division of the Florida Age Group Swimming Qualifier July 21, in Gainesville.
The 50 backstroke is my favorite race, because I like backstroke. In backstroke, you aren’t on your front, and you don’t have to stare at the bottom of the pool.
I don’t like the 50 butterfly, because it’s hard to move your arms and legs at the same time.
I started swimming when I was about 5 years old. I tried everything else, and swimming fit me. I like playing with my friends and getting in the pool on a hot day.
My favorite swimmer is Ryan Lochte. He’s good. He teaches you to do your best and shake hands or give a high-five to the person next to you.
One of my goals was to make FLAGS. I always wondered what it would be like, because it sounded like fun.
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Coats for kids
Knights of Columbus Councils are helping children in need by providing coats to children in their communities through the order’s Coats for Kids program.
Santa and his elf made a surprise stop Dec. 13, at WineStyles, in San Marco Plaza, by Harley-Davidson motorcycle, during the store’s weekly Friday night wine-tasting event.
Members and guests of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club ventured Dec. 4 to Orlando, to view holiday decorations at the Grand Floridian and to have lunch at Downtown Disney.