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You can help set a world record at Bedford Splash

A swimming lesson at Bedford Splash in 2013.
A swimming lesson at Bedford Splash in 2013. Star-Telegram archives

Ever wanted to be a part of a world record? You’ll have a chance Friday at the Bedford Splash Aquatic Center as it attempts to host the world’s largest swim lesson.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. as registration gets underway. The Guinness world record attempt will take place precisely at 10 a.m. as participants team up with hundreds of other locations around the world.

Last summer the attempt fell short of the record that of 36,564 participants of 2014 when 22 countries joined together. Bedford Splash was part of the record-setting group.

The event is an actual lesson, Bedford aquatics director Tyler Sievert said. After completing a short registration form, participants will get in the water with the instructors and begin the curriculum. The lesson will last about 25 to 30 minutes, and is designed to provide and teach a few basic skills that every child needs to learn on the way to becoming efficient enough to save their own life while around water.

“The curriculum is an easy, beginner lesson plan to allow for the broadest participation possible,” Sievert said, adding that NRH2O in North Richland Hills and the Keller Pointe are also registered for the 2016 attempt.

Participation in the event is free. It is important, though, if you pre-register to be sure and attend. Last summer, more than 40,000 swimmers in 24 countries pre-registered, but that number was not met.

Sievert said statistics show that Texas ranked No. 1 in the nation for child pool drowning, and Tarrant County ranks No. 2 in the state, for the 2015 calendar year. The World’s Largest Swim Lesson is designed to provide local water parks, community pools and other aquatic facilities with an event that draws attention to this issue, encourages participation in swimming lesson programs, and helps spread the word that swimming lessons save lives.

“At Bedford Splash, we are rolling out our new and improved curriculum for our group lessons. Our lessons now feature smaller class sizes, longer lessons and a more detailed level of training invested in our swim instructors,” Sievert said.

“While we would love for our entire H-E-B community to enroll in our lessons, the most important thing parents can do is simply enroll their children somewhere.”

For more information about the event, call 817-952-2323.

Surf opens season with own meet

The Bedford Surf swim team began its summer season recently by hosting its own meet at the Southlake Natatorium.

Leading the Surf was Nicholas Duderstadt with three gold medals in the 8-Under Boys division. Reggy Berger (15-17 Boys), Oisin Doyle (18-24 Men) and Troy Wakefield (15-17 Boys) each won two gold medals. Also winning multiple gold and/or silver medals among the boys were Connor Kidwell (8-Under Boys), two silver; Nicklas Aune (15-17 Boys), one gold, two silver; and Jeff Miller (40-Over Men), two silver.

Leading the girls with two gold medals was Tiffani Tanaka (15-17 Girls). Other multiple medal winners included Anna Davis (13-14 Girls), two silver; Kenzie Crews (15-17 Girls), one gold, one silver; and Vicki Ford (40-Over Women), two silver.

The Surf also won two gold medals and a silver with mixed relays.

Calendar

  • Friday — Bedford Surf swim team at Weatherford Meet. Contact Tyler Sievert at tyler.sievert@bedfordtx.gov or visit the team’s website at www.bedfordsurf.com.
  • Saturday — Euless Track Team at Little Elm. Contact 817-685-1838.
  • Saturday — Mid-Cities PeeWee Football and Cheerleading Association registration, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at their offices, 141 Harmon Road. Call 817-282-2930.
  • Saturday-Sunday — Parks at Texas Star USSSA World Series Warm-Up. Entry fees $395 for 9AA, 11AA and 13AA teams, $445 for 14U Open 60/90 teams. Gate fee $125. Contact John Douthit at 817-685-1838 or jdouthit@eulesstx.gov.
  • Monday-June 30 — L.D. Bell Blue Raider Baseball Camp, (choose a week), 9 a.m.-noon, L.D. Bell baseball field. Cost $90 pre-registration, $95 for walk-ups. Contact Bell baseball coach Paul Gibson, 817-437-7655.
  • Monday-June 30 — Trojan Girls Basketball Shooting Camp, Trinity High School. Grades 5-9 (incoming), 9-11:30 a.m. Cost $75, includes T-shirt. The camp is conducted by Trinity coach Sue Cannon (1,090 career wins, District 7-6A Coach of the Year) and Amateur Athletic Union coach, mentor and elite skills trainer Jason Jones. Contact Cannon at 817-399-3673 or suzancannon@hebisd.edu.
  • June 30 — Deadline to register for Euless Men’s Summer Basketball Mini-League. Cost $245 per team. Call 817-685-1838.
  • July 1 — Neighborhood Fishin’ catfish stocking, Chisholm Park, Hurst. Call 817-732-0761.
  • July 2 — Ninth Annual Big Apple/NYPD SBW Cup Series Qualifier, Softball World. Qualifier for the championship July 9 and 23. Men’s D, Men’s E, Coed. Cost $200. Contact softball.world@usssa.com.
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