EDWARDSVILLE - After a point recount, the Paddlers Swim Club edged Summers Port Swim Club Sharks 1,849 to 1,848.5 for the Southwestern Illinois Swimming Association championship held recently at Summers Port pool.
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Paddlers Swim Club is in Granite City and Sumers Port is in Godfrey. The Paddlers win stopped a 24-consecutive SWISA title streak of Summers Port. The Splash City Gators of Collinsville finished third with a total of 1,554.5 points, while the Water Works Marlins of Edwardsville came in fourth with 1,408 points and the Sunset Hills Stingrays, also of Edwardsville, finished fifth with 966 points.
A total of 11 new records were set during the meet, with the host Sharks accounting for seven of the new marks.
"There is a great competitive atmosphere at SWISA," Bob Rettle, speaking for SWISA, said. "It's shown in the results. The league is healthy and I expect it to continue to have a great run with all the teams improving for the top spot in SWISA.
"Our league is a breeding ground for great caliber swimmers. A few have started in SWISA and gone on to make the Olympics team even win a gold medal and set world records. The ongoing success of SWISA is vital to Metro East swimming success."