Students at Lowell High School in the town of Whittier, California, competed in an underwater tricycle race in a local swimming pool last week.
SV PAN Competitors getting ready by swimming pool
CU & SVs Competitors (2 shots)
SV Competitors jumping into pool (2 shots)
SV Cycle being lowered into pool
SV Under Water Scenes. Race in progress (2 shots)
SV Competitors clinging on to side of pool.
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Background: Students at Lowell High School in the town of Whittier, California, competed in an underwater tricycle race in a local swimming pool last week. The race, in two heats and a final, was the first in what the school hopes will be an annual event.
Competitors wore underwater breathing apparatus to race on children's tricycles.
SYNOPSIS: Underwater swimming is no novelty, neither is riding a tricycle but a high school in California combined the two and held a race for students in a local swimming pool.
It was winter in the town of Whittier, but in that part of California the temperature in December is normally warm in the mid-twenties centigrade. At Lowell High School, it was the last day before the Christmas holidays and the school hopes to make the race an annual event.
For the competitors and judges, it was a gruelling event .... two heats and a final. The competitors had obviously been practising but most of them still had some difficulty keeping their three wheels firmly on the floor of the swimming pool.