The Gig Harbor swim team lost their first meet of the season on Tuesday when they traveled to Curtis, putting their season record at 7-1. The Vikings won 96-90.
"The Vikings and the Tides usually bring out the best swims in each other and the scores are always close," Gig Harbor head coach Mike Kelly wrote in an email. "The Vikings have a large talented team and they provided us with the best competition of the year. Previous to the meet, I mentioned to the team that this was going to be one heck of a battle and that win or lose they were going to be tested."
Kelly said there were lessons to be learned from the loss.
"The Tides certainly had the opportunity to win the meet," Kelly said. "The good news is that this was just a dual meet, hence just a tool by which to measure our preparedness for the upcoming League, District and State Championships. We had so many great swims today. Most of the guys really stepped up their level of performance."
Kelly hopes the team will grow from their first loss of the year.
"Losing is never fun, but if we can look clearly at the issues that prevented us from winning today, perhaps we can address them and make our team stronger, better, faster," Kelly said.
Per the email, here's a look at swimmers who achieved their best times in their events:
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