ASTORIA - The North Coast Swim Club (NCSC) held their annual "Eggstravaganza" swim meet March 20 and 21, with 12-year-old Ilwaco swimmer Scott Clardy placed in several events - setting personal best times in three.
Competing in eight events, Clardy placed second in six and set personal bests in the 200-yard freestyle, the 50-yard butterfly, and both the 100-yard and 200-yard individual medleys. He placed second in the 50-yard freestyle, his favorite event, only .08 seconds behind the winner.
Over 150 swimmers from nine different swim clubs competed in last weekend's meet coming from as far away as Pendleton and The Dalles. The "Eggstravaganza" meet gets its name because it is held in the spring.
"He has 'swimming feet,'" said swimming coach Erin Estes about Clardy's 5-foot-11 frame and size 14 shoe size. "They push him through the water like he is wearing scuba gear."
Competing since age six, for the past two years Clardy has been racing against 11- and 12-year-olds. With his birthday approaching in April, he will soon be competing against older swimmers.
"I think it will be different at first," Clardy said about swimming in an older age group. "I'll get used to it. It's not that big of a deal."
There is nothing he would rather be doing, and someday he hopes to get a scholarship to Stanford University.
"Stanford or Texas, either one would be fine with me," said Clardy who is plans to attend Astoria High School because of their swimming program. "Ilwaco doesn't have swimming, so I will have to go to school over there."
In fact, just talking to him one would think with his laid back demeanor that he is never in a hurry - then he hits the pool.
The NCSC is open to all ages and practice is held at the Astoria Aquatic Center. Annual dues are $60, which pays for use of the pool, a coaching staff, and entry fees to swimming meets.
Clardy has a B+ average and takes part in Knowledge Bowl and student government. He played basketball this season, but has no plans of making it his forte.
For more information about NCSC contact the Astoria Aquatic Center at (503) 325-7027.