The snow is barely off the ground when members of the Farmington Area Swim Team (F.A.S.T.) take to the pool in preparation for the summer competition season.
The team, which is part of the Southeast Missouri Swim Conference, begins training at the Farmington Civic Center in March. Spring conditioning takes place in April and the season official begins May 1.
Other cities in the conference include Ste. Genevieve, Perryville, Jackson, Cape Girardeau, Scott City, Kennett, Sikeston, Poplar Bluff, and Paducah, Ky.
The team consists of 49 swimmers ranging in age from five to 17.
The group competes in seven meets during the season. Farmington hosted their first meet on June 28.
The season wrapped up on July 19 with the conference competition in Cape Girardeau. F.A.S.T. swimmers came home with a third place finish in small division.
On June 21, the team participated in the AAU Junior Olympic qualifying event. Fifteen swimmers qualified from the team. Next week, some of those swimmers will travel to Des Moines, Iowa to compete at AAU Nationals.
“All of our swimmers have worked hard preparing to qualify for the Junior Olympics,” Coach Chad Majeski said. He added on the day of qualifying, “most of our athletes had multiple personal best times.”
Also coaching the team was Jenni Majeski and Kyle Cox.
Majeski added during the season, swimmers stepped up to race in events “in which they have never competed.
“I am so honored to be the coach of this team,” he said.