Marlins easily defend summer-only SASA championship

Seldom do fans come across sure things, especially with the parity in sports these days. Granted, there is the occasional unbelievable upset (see the University of Maryland-Baltimore County over the University of Virginia in men’s basketball just last year; Appalachian State University over the University of Michigan in football in 2007; the United States over the Soviet Union in ice hockey in the 1980 Winter Olympics; or the New York Jets over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969) but the vast majority of the time, the stronger teams are victorious.

Never was that more true than last weekend.

Heading into the South Arkansas Swim Association Championships with all the momentum that five meet wins during the regular season could give them, the Monticello Marlins had no trouble defending their SASA summer-only championship. In fact, Monticello more than doubled the second-place summer-only squad. The 54 competitors that made up the Marlins at the 2010 SASA Champ meet scored an impressive 1,081.5 points, literally swimming away from their competition at the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA pool in Warren Friday and Saturday. The host Warren Waves were a distant second in the summer-only division with 484 points. The Marlins’ total was also strong enough to earn the Marlins a silver medal in the overall team competition, finishing second for the second year in a row to the El Dorado HealthWorks Fitness year-round club. Moreover, El Dorado (which won the both the overall and year-round crowns with 1,259 points) and Monticello combined to outscore the other 15 teams at the championships if those squads had made up one team.


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