Area swim teams adjusting to being back in the pool under new guidelines


After about two months out of the pool, a 5 a.m. wake up call is nothing for the CCA Marlins. “Swimmers are like getting fish out of the water, its just not possible,” head coach Amina Serir said.

The year-round swim club is one of the first teams to get back in the water since the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Swimming just makes me happy, to get back in for an hour or fifty minutes at four in the morning, it’s great,” Lord Botetourt senior Miranda Kirtley said.

However, summer swimming through the Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association is a different story.

“I know RVAA as a league decided back in May that we were not going to host a formal swim season,” RVAA board member Shannon Hoopes said.

Instead, they left it up to their member pools to decide if they wanted to have an independent season.


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