Second Annual Glen Peterson Aquatic Festival Event

About 30 Swim Club members, along with coaches and family members, enjoyed the Glen Peterson Aquatic Festival Event in early March, 2023. (Photo by Terry Heggy)

Glen Peterson (left) poses with Swim Club Head Coach Terry Heggy after receiving an All-American Swim award a couple of years ago before his passing. (Photo by Rodger Bivens)

Claire Guidas

On March 4 a second annual fun festival was held at the DesertView pool by the Swim Club in commemoration of Glen Peterson. Glen was the Swim Club’s first president, starting in 2005, and swam up to the day of his passing on Oct. 23, 2021.

At the festival event, approximately 30 swimmers swam in various competitive and “fun” individual and relay events in a tribute to Glen and his dedication to the club. Head Coach Terry Heggy organized 14 swim events for competitors who were divided into the Blue Team under Coach Larry and the Gold Team under Coach Terry. Members on the two teams swam and competed in such events as the Surfboard Challenge on kickboards and the Synchronized Swimming competition, not to mention the Squirt the Backstroke Flags and Tarzan Swim competitions. Other more serious events included swims where participants had to estimate their own times for a 50- or 100-yard swim event of their choosing, along with relay events of four swimmers competing against other four-person relay teams.

In the end, the Blue Team won the competition, followed by a hearty lunch arranged by the Swim Club’s Social Committee.

All in all, Swim Club members enjoyed all the fun events, along with sharing a lot of laughs together!

If you would like to join in the fun, the Swim Club is open to swimmers of all abilities, from beginner to competitive. Feel free to check out our website for more information and practice times, along with other fun social event opportunities!