July 6, 2005 -

Lacey Nymeyer has a cure for the summer heat. The former Mountain View High School swimming sensation, who swam for the University of Arizona last season, will be touring North America this summer as part of Team USA in the World Aquatic Championships. The championships come in the middle of what she describes as a very hectic month.

Nymeyer's "crazy" month will commence July 17 at the University of Maryland in Baltimore for a week's worth of training. On July 24, the team will head north of the border to the World Championships in Montreal. Once the World Championships are done, it's off to Irvine, Calif., to swim a dual meet against the Australian National Team. After that, the sophomore-to-be will stay in Irvine for another week to swim the U.S. Nationals. By the time her whirlwind month concludes, it will be time to start up again at UA, which begins classes on Aug. 22.

Nymeyer qualified for the World Championships in the 400-meter freestyle relay at a meet in April while swimming for Ford Aquatics. She is among 26 athletes heading to Canada as part of the US National Team.

The UA sophomore won't be alone while traversing the country. Joining her on the trip is Frank Busch (Nymeyer's head coach at the UA and Ford Aquatics) and UA teammates Emily Mason and Whitney Myers.

Knocking around

When they're not stealing bases, the 9-and-under baseball squad of the Knickerbocker Baseball Academy is stealing wins. The Marana-based club earned a berth into the 10-and-under World Series after knocking off the Yuma Padres in the 10U Arizona State Championship June 24. The Knickerbockers, the lone team representing Tucson, used a seven-run, third inning rally to hold on for the 10-7 win. Tournament Most Valuable Player Brandon Hyatt led the charge with a two-run homerun that followed a double by Jesse "Out Law" Robles and a triple by Tanner "the Professor" Zacker. Hayden "Bulldog" Eickmeyer came in to close the door for the Knickerbockers, registering his fifth save of the year. Despite beating Yuma, the Padres got revenge in the semi-final game to give the Knickerbockers a fourth place finish and berth into the 10U World Series. Next up for the boys is a trip to Chino Hills, Calif., and an appearance in the July 4 Firecracker NIT.


The Tucson Racquet Club, 4001 N. Country Club Road, recently finished remodeling six of the facility's 31 courts. The courts were refurbished with a two-inch layer of asphalt, black topped and painted. All holes, or "bird baths," were filled in to keep puddles from forming. The whole process took the racquet club around a month and a half to complete. With 31 courts, tennis was not affected by the shut down of six of its playing surfaces. Plans are underway to redo the remaining courts, but will most likely be delayed until after the summer camps have ended.

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