Kansas summer swimming
The butterfly heats kicked off the competition and kicked up water spray.

Summertime means pool time. Nothing brings relief from Kansas’ hot, humid summer months like a dive into the crystal blue water of the local pool. Rather than floating on a bobbing inflatable mattress soaking up the sun, competitive swimmers share in the summer aquatic ritual through events like the Little Apple Invitational held last weekend in Manhattan, Kansas.  

The beauty of these swim club events is that as swimmers set themselves on the starting blocks, the competitor to their right and left might be a much older or younger swimmer. Everyone from seasoned veterans to nervous first-timers race less against those in their heat and more against the clock that determines the eventual winners.

I hope you enjoy a few images from Saturday morning before heading to the closest pool for a few laps or just some good old summertime fun.

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Jeff Jacobsen has photographed practically every big event the sports world has to offer during a professional career that spans over 53 years. Jacobsen has seen things up close that only a diehard sports fan could in their dreams. His work for the Topeka Capital-Journal, Arizona Republic, Kansas Athletics, Inc., many national publications and now Action Images Photography, Inc., cemented his reputation as one of the nation’s finest sports photographers.

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