NEWTON, NJ - Sparta swim team was off with a splash at the Skylands Invitational at Kittatinny High School. Only ninth and tenth grade swimmers from Sparta High School raced, many achieving new personal records.  A number of swimmers were able to try events they have never swam before.

The high school invitational including teams from the region; Hackettstown, High Point, Kittatinny, Jefferson, Newton-Lenape Valley, Pope John XXIII, Sparta, and Vernon. The morning began with all the swim teams warming up and the events were off with a start. There were over 20 events at the invitational and every swimmer had a chance to swim at least one event. These included relays and individual races in various strokes.

The Skylands Invitational is geared towards letting swimmers of all caliber race, even those who do the ones who do not typically qualify for championship races. All Sparta swimmers who swam were given a chance to compete in new races, as well as their usual events.  Many swimmers made new friendships and they encouraged each other to do their personal best.

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The invitational lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the end of the day every swimmer was ready to go home, weary from having had so many races.

The Sparta swim team will be versing Pope John XXIII at Blair Academy on Tuesday, Jan 20 at 6 p.m.  They will race again on Thursday, Jan 22 at 6 p.m. at Kittatinny High School against High Point.