CCSAKC ‘A’ Championships kick off today at Milburn Country Club

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If it’s July and preponderance of northeast Johnson County trees have fallen victim to tee-peeing attacks, it can only mean one thing: The Country Club Swim Association of Kansas City championships are under way.

Tradition has it that teammates of competitors from the local country clubs “decorate” the trees outside the swimmers’ houses with toilet paper the night before their competition.

The ‘A’ Championships kick off today with preliminary competitions at Milburn Country Club. (Yesterday were the Bud Merritt Championships for the less competitive swimmers).

The CCSAKC championships are the biggest competition of their kind in the metro, with more than 1,500 swimmers from 10 Kansas City area country clubs participating and more than 500 volunteers supporting the operations.

Indian Hills Country Club took the title in 2011 for the first time since 1976, and then won again in 2012. Indian Hills fell just short of a three-peat last year when the Country Club of Leawood (formerly Leawood South) returned to the victors’ podium. Country Club of Leawood won the CCSAKC title every year from 1987 to 2010.

Friday’s finals will be taped by Metro Sports and broadcast at a later date.