It was a watershed year for the popular Gator swim team of Emmett. The Gators, coached by Michael and Stacy Kreiter, cracked the 100-member mark for the first time this season and celebrated their third straight league championship. With their 6-0 season, the powerhouse team based out of the Gem County Recreation Department pool has now gone three seasons without a loss in a swim meet.
At the league championship meet on Aug. 12, the Gators took home 14 individual titles and four relay championships.
Wyatt Smith and Kallie Young both notched wins in all four individual races they entered. Jordan Garz swam her way to three individual titles. Kaiya Knight added two wins and Tanner Garz had an individual first.
Four relay teams captured titles with Rae Mallory, Hannah Bruneel, Lillie Smith, Jaisie Nelson, Knight, Young, Kate Perteson, Jordan Garz, Josh Young, James Lutes, Wyatt Smith and Cole Bruneel contributed to the relay wins.
This summer, the team consisted of 102 swimmers ranging in ages from 5-16 years old. Over thirty members of the team made the daily trek from Star and Eagle to practice in Emmett.
The Kreiters are exploring the possibility of starting a swim team at Emmett High School and would like to talk to any athletes who are interested in the Gators or a EHS swim team. Visit the team's website at gators.emmettswim.com