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Joplin Swim Meet Brings Big Crowd to Aquatic Center

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

If you were in Joplin this weekend, you might have noticed that Shifferdecker Pool was closed to the public. 

Not for renovations.. but to play host to over 400 competitive swimmers. 

Seth Jensen has been a competitive swimmer for 12 years.. and for him, it's a way of life.

Seth Jensen, Competitive Swimmer:"I learned to swim when I was six, and they got me on a team when I was seven because they said, hey, you've got something here and so I decided to swim competitively."

All those years of experience paying off at the Fourth Annual Four-States Ragnarok Swim Meet.

Shawn Klosterman, Berzerker Swim Team Coach:"We host three events a year, and this one is our favorite and our biggest one. When they renovated the Shifferdecker pool in 20-13, we started hosting this meet here."

The annual meet is hosted by the Berzerker Swim Team from Webb City. 
Swim Coach Shawn Klosterman says he's proud the meet has something for pretty much everyone. 

Klosterman:"We have adults here racing with the kids, we've got an American record broken for a para-athlete at this meet. You get a little bit of everybody."

Like many other sports, competitive swimming is about more than just the competition. It's also about having fun, learning discipline, and personal growth.

Klosterman:"We've got some kids that swim twice a day and ya know, they're very committed to what they do, but also, we feel even with that, you can work hard and have fun at the same time, and this is one of those meets where we can see it on their faces."

Being able to spend all day in the water on a hot day.. and be himself while doing it.. is part of why Jensen loves the sport. 

Jensen:"It's just a very different sport, where i think you're allowed to be yourself more than really anything else. So, I've got a lot of confidence from this and being able to express myself very well I think because the sport of swimming and growing up around it."

Swimmers from as far away as Iowa, Oklahoma, and Arkansas participated in the event.
 

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