Last weekend, most of the swimming in Lawrence took place on Second Street, north of the river.
This weekend, the scene shifts to Municipal Pool, where nearly 600 young swimmers will battle their way through more sanitary waters in the Roger Hill Memorial Tournament, hosted by the Lawrence Aquahawks.
Hill, who died a few years ago, was a parent of two Aquahawks who had served the organization in many capacities.
"When he died, they wanted to honor him and recognize his commitment to the Aquahawks," club public relations director Nancy Kaiser-Caplan said.
The meet begins today with warm-ups at 4:15 p.m. and will run through Sunday. Events will begin at 8 a.m. each day. Approximately 100 of the competitors will be Aquahawks.
BARB PRANGER, the Aquahawks' assistant coach, mentioned five swimmers who she expected to do well -- Caitlin Standish in all events, Michael Giehl in the backstroke, Beth Wegner in the breaststroke, Scott Ball in the butterfly and Andy Ball in all events.
Pranger said that the event would showcase Lawrence's best only in the younger age groups.
"Not the senior swimmers -- the senior swimmers, college swimmers and the best high school swimmers, are in Arkansas for the Region Eight meet," she said.
But Pranger still expects a strong field.
"This is typically a big meet not only with fast Lawrence swimmers but with swimmers from other states, because this is the last weekend to qualify for division meets," she said.
THOSE WHO qualify for the Division II meet will then try to move on to Division I and finally to the Missouri Valley championships later in the summer.
Swimmers from five states will be in Lawrence this weekend trying to qualify for Division II.