Forest Hills Beavers edge out Martinez Community Swim Team Otters, but community, camaraderie reigns

From left: Skyler Gately from Forest Hills, Maddie McKeown from MCST and Ella Cleland from Forest Hills find time to pose for the camera. (COURTESY / On File)
From left: Skyler Gately from Forest Hills, Maddie McKeown from MCST and Ella Cleland from Forest Hills find time to pose for the camera. (COURTESY / On File)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – On Wednesday, July 20, Forest Hills Aquatic Park was the place to be for Martinez swimmers. The venue was packed with kids and parents from both the Forest Hills Swim Team and cross town rival, Martinez Community Swim Team (MCST).

Rivals maybe, but friends more than anything else. You could not help but notice the special camaraderie between the youngsters as they swam in the water side by side and then hung out together during down time. Same went for the parents as they bumped solo cups, shook hands, hugged and wished each other luck as they looked on for hours (and hours). The outcome was unimportant. The winner irrelevant. It was being together as a community in our small town that made this meet different than the others. Bragging rights for the year, however, will go to the Beavers as they edged the Otters 430-351.

Sydney Leonard from Forest Hills and Rowan Crowley from MCST compete neck and neck in the water. (COURTESY / On File)
Sydney Leonard from Forest Hills and Rowan Crowley from MCST compete neck and neck in the water. (COURTESY / On File)

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