Upcoming ‘California Classic’ at Crafton Hills College to showcase future Paralympians

The California Classic is back at Crafton Hills College the weekend of October 25, and the public is welcome to watch potential Paralympians in action. The annual sporting event found a home in the Yucaipa-based college’s Aquatics Center a few years ago and has since become a favorite of CHC staff, students and faculty. “It is certainly one of the events I look forward to the most,” said Heather Chittenden, Crafton’s aquatics director. “It’s just a positive event for the campus and the community, and every year we have a good time.” The Classic is a two-day event where para-athletes compete against one another in hopes of beating records, improving times, and working to secure a spot in the upcoming Paralympics in Tokyo next year. This meet is open to swimmers with a physical, visual or intellectual impairment from all nations. Last year’s events brought athletes from across the country to compete at Crafton. And this time around won’t be any different, Chittenden said. But you may see some athletes from Yucaipa in the water, including a current CHC student. “It is an honor to…

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