Langley Flippers club member Harrison Stewart competes in the Langley Flippers Invitational swim meet. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

VIDEO: Langley Flippers swim club hosts major meet

Invitational at Al Anderson pool draws over 400 athletes

More than 400 athletes are taking part in the annual Langley Invitational Swim Meet at George Anderson Pool in Langley City hosted by the Langley Flippers swim club, with swim clubs from around the Fraser Valley, as well as swimmers from clubs in Penticton and Kelowna.

Before the event got underway under cloudy skies Saturday morning, organizers had the temperature in the heated outdoor pool reduced slightly to provide a cooler, less energy-sapping swim.

The higher-than-projected turnout also forced a brief delay Saturday morning to have the “heat sheets” that set out the schedule of races redone to accommodate the added competitors.

Flippers head coach Nicholas Todd said the Langley club was sending it’s largest contingent ever, more than 80 swimmers.

“That is super exciting,” Todd said.

He said the club has grown from 27 members to become the largest in the Fraser Valley region at over 100 swimmers.

READ MORE: Flippers host Fraser Valley regionals

Among the Flippers was eight-year-old Fabi Taylor, whose whole family is into swimming, with an older brother in the club and another older brother who is a lifeguard.

The young Langley resident was surprised by the number of people attending.

“It’s crazy (in a good way)” she said as she watched the rain clouds forming overhead.

The event at Al Anderson pool continues Sunday, June 24.

The Flippers will be posting updates to social media. Participants are invited to use the hashtag #lfscmeet2018 on the Flippers Instagram account and Facebook.

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Langley Flippers swimmer Mischa Karwat at the Langley Flippers Invitational swim meet. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Langley Flippers swimmer Seiji Russell in the freestyle competition at the Langley Flippers Invitational. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

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