The Belton High Blue Waves swim team clinched the Suburban Municipal League swim championship for the second straight year.
The team also went undefeated in the season for the second year.
The swim championship was held July 19-20 at Lee’s Summit R-7 Aquatic Center with eight teams competing, Belton, Country Club of Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, Oak Grove Gators, Pleasant Hill Dolphins, Red Bridge Rays YMCA and the Warrensburg Piranhas.
The High Blue Waves defeated second place Warrensburg by 260 points. Warrensburg had been the champions for 11 years running before Belton took over last season.
“We changed our whole training program and started to train all-year round,” High Blue Waves head coach Rob Brusick said. “The swimmers work really hard. In the off-season, we do swim conditioning year round and these kids are coming up to the pool in their boots and parkas and getting in that ice cold water. We are excited what’s coming in the future too. We have a lot of good swimmers on this team.”
The High Blue Waves recently became a USA certified swim team, which means that swimmers can compete in national events in different divisions.
“We have had 52 kids that have hit Division II and Division I times,” Brusick said. “It’s phenomenal. Most kids swim their whole lives and never hit the division times.”
Belton’s swim team has 122 swimmers, ranging from age 4 to 21. They practice at the Belton High Blue Community Center, under head coaches Brusick and Jeff Stephens and assistant coaches Adam Ellis and Aaron O’Reilly.