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U.S. swim team to train in St. Petersburg

The United States' Pan American Games swimming team will train at North Shore Pool in St. Petersburg Aug. 4-7 before heading for the international competition in the Dominican Republic.

Fred Lewis, St. Petersburg Aquatics coach, said U.S. Swimming completed a deal this week to rent the pool for about 40 swimmers. Clearwater's Robert Margalis, an NCAA champion this year in the 400-yard individual medley, is on the team.

The team will train twice a day at North Shore and the public can attend practice Aug. 5. The swimmers will be available for autographs from 5 to 6 p.m.

This weekend North Shore Pool hosts a youth meet in which some 400 swimmers from around central Florida will attempt to qualify for the Junior Olympics, held July 17-20 in Orlando. Northeast High's Brenno Varanda leads the senior swimmers while Megan Romano and Cameron Chambers lead the Pinellas contingent in the 14-and-under divisions.

Competition begins today from 9 a.m. to noon with timed finals in each event and continues through Sunday. Admission is free.