Lake Monticello Swimmers Support Troops

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

July 5, 2006

The level of energy at the Lake Monticello was high for swim meets, but it was not your average swim meet on Wednesday.

Swimmers were putting their swim caps on for a good cause to support the troops in Iraq.

They are pumped and ready to swim in support of two national guardsmen serving in Iraq.

"In this meet, we're supporting the troops. They give a lot for us, and we want to give a little of it back," said Lila Caballero of the Lake Monticello Swim Team.

The Lake Monticello Swim Team prepared to host a swim tournament featuring 200 swimmers. Each swimmer considers the team a big family. It is a family who misses one of their own--a Virginia National Guardsman serving in Iraq.

"He's been missing from our community here for a couple of years. We want to show that we support him, and we appreciate all that he's doing for us," added Caballero.

The support for Captain Thomas Powers, and his brother Major Timothy Powers, will be given in supplies for care packages. The power will be shown in art work. The energy will be felt from the swimmers themselves. Most admit to helping someone they do not even know.

"I don't know anyone, but I know they're doing a good job for our country," said Lake Monticello Swimmer Katelyn Ludwig.

The National Guards are keeping everyone safe here at home. Keeping kids safe on the pool deck were lifeguards who were not carrying nearly as much gear as the guardsmen in Iraq.

"We use whistles, and hand signals and everything to communicate. The kids know what their limitations are, and what not to do, and what to do. It's going to be a fun event," said Lifeguard Brook Reynard of the Lake Monticello Swim Team.

The swim meet ran from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lake Monticello.

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