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Swimming and Diving Volunteers at Ballon Races

Swimming and Diving head coach Abby Steketee shares her thoughts on a group of student-athletes that volunteered at the Great Reno Balloon Races.

On Friday, about a dozen swimmers ran the Tissue Paper Balloon Launch, an event at the GRBR.  Literally hundreds of third through sixth graders came to launch balloons - some of which were four feet tall. 

The swimmers were in charge of inflating/heating the balloons using large, extremely hot chimneys.  When the balloon was hot and inflated, they would lead a "3-2-1" countdown before launching the balloons.  The kids would shriek and then chase their balloons. 

Almost every launch was successful and one balloon made it all the way across McCarran from the park.