This weekend was the biggest one for Columbia-area swimmers since 2019, as the Columbia Swim League’s City Meet returned after a two-year absence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meet brought 25 teams and almost 1,000 swimmers ages 4-18 to the pool at the University of South Carolina’s Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center Saturday and Sunday.

"We have some kids who haven't started kindergarten yet and some who are getting ready to go to college," said Columbia Swim League President Thomas Cronin.

The City Meet is the culmination of the swim league season, and brings together the entire league, including east and west divisions.

The swimmers competed in a variety of events against others their own age, with divisions from 6 and under through 15-18.

"Bringing it back is really exciting, to get everybody back in and swimming and kind of wrap up our season,” Cronin said. The pandemic forced the cancellation of the entire league season in 2020. An abbreviated schedule returned in 2021, but without the City Meet.

More information on the Columbia Swim League is available at the league’s Facebook page. Those interested may also email colaswimleague@gmail.com.

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