Hundreds of swimmers are racing to Frank Olson Pool in Sioux Falls for the Snowfox Independence Invite. Competitors are in town to face swimmers from nearly two dozen teams.
Good luck finding a parking spot at this Snowfox Swim Meet. Cars that line the street are as plentiful as team tents outside the pool. More than 500 swimmers are here at the popular event and they're ready to dive in.
"I think it's our format and I think that we've made it so it's fun for the kids. The morning is kind of grueling but they walk out to music at night. We're kind of doing all the little perks that they would do at the Olympic trials and all that kind of stuff. It's just fun," Snowfox Head Coach Clyde Smith said.
The Snowfox Swim Meet draws in competitors from all over, including three teams from Canada.
Lauren Barch is a member of the Thunder Bay Thunderbolts from Ontario. Her team drove 10 hours to participate in a rare outdoor swim meet. If you think we have it bad weather-wise in Sioux Falls, Thunder Bay has its own set of issues for swimmers.
"It's either like really sunny for about 20 minutes or it will start raining or it's really cold. It's a really odd day that we have a full day of sunshine so it's great having an outdoor meet here," Barch said.
Another reason the Thunderbolts made the trip is to face new competition.
"Cause we are used to just swimming against the same people. It's like, 'We're going to beat you; we're going to like take you down in the water.' So it's different cause you don't know these people so it's like, 'I'm going to take that person down,' instead just by yourself. It's different from what we have," Barch said.
The event runs through Sunday at Frank Olson pool.