"What I try to do is to provide a fun learning environment for the kids and that's what I'm working toward - just to build a foundation and just to teach them to love the sport," Hemsworth said.
Both also agreed that while these swimmers are at the beginning of their instruction, they are all super competitive once they hit the water.
Still, with a good 10-12 years left of growth and maturation to go, it's hard to place a finger on which swimmers will grow into future City Meet champions, high school champions, or even college swimmers.
"It's kind of hard," Cunningham said. "In any sport, kids peak at different stages. I've seen kids that started out really well and the others catch up with them and pass them."
And while physically it may be hard to predict the future, Hemsworth said the drive is there at an early age.
"You can tell the kids that love it immediately and the ones that don't," Hemsworth said.
A total of 14 final events were held Thursday, 12 of them in the 6 and under division. All other events were qualifiers for Saturday's finals.
Competition resumes today at 5:30 p.m. with age groups 9-10 and 11-12 in the pool.
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