As the hot, Texas sun beats down on the Graham Municipal Swimming Pool, Kris Neal spends the morning teaching kids different swimming strokes.

She has prepared these kids for something that the Graham pool has never had before -- a swim meet. 
The meet on Saturday, Aug. 9 won't draw in competition from across the state or county. In fact, it will feature just 16 young swimmers from Graham.

“It's not all about competition,” pool supervisor Rena Fore said. “But I think it's more of a good confidence-booster for the children.”

The Graham Tidal Wave's intrasquad meet is the culmination of a week-long swim team camp. Campers have so far learned the breaststroke, front stroke, backstroke, sidestroke and butterfly. 

The meet will include events for each stroke with no race lasting longer than 50 meters. Diving contests will also be included so that every kid can really show off his or her talents. 

Every one will receive a participation medal and a swim cap. Separate prizes will be handed out for first, second and third place, but Neal wants the focus to stay on each kid's growth as a swimmer. 

“I can't believe how much some of them have improved even in the three days already,” Neal said on Wednesday afternoon. “The competitiveness that's already there in some of them is really showing through.” 

Read the entire story in this weekend's Graham Leader.