By Don Nelson

The Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team launches its 2017 season on Saturday (June 24) with a home meet, hosting the other three teams in its league: Brewster, Okanogan and Omak.

Competition begins at 9 a.m. at the Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp.

The Killer Whales, who will be seeking to reclaim their league championship title after finishing second last year, will have their usual contingent of more than 100 swimmers available this season.

The Killer Whales finished the 2016 season strong after starting late, competing with fewer swimmers than usual and finding other places to train as the Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp was closed for repairs until July 14.

The team’s long string of victories in the county championship meet came to an end when they were edged by the Brewster Bearacudas, who scored four more points than the Methow Valley swimmers. The Killer Whales had only 41 swimmers available for that meet. The Methow Valley team had won the previous nine county championships.

The 2017 team has been practicing since June 12 at its home pool in Twisp. Saturday’s meet is the Methow Pentathlon. Each swimmer will swim in six events, said head coach Bo Thrasher.

Other meets on this summer’s schedule:

• June 27 at Brewster.

• June 29, hosting Omak.

• July 6, hosting Okanogan.

• July 8, at Toppenish.

• July 11, hosting Brewster.

• July 13, annual Swimathon.

• July 15, Brewster Invitational.

• July 18, hosting Okanogan.

• July 22, Omak Invitational.

• July 25, at Omak.

• July 29, Okanogan County championships.

• July 30, end-of-the-year “Splashfest” party.

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