ROCKY MOUNT. – This past weekend the Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team participated in the league’s championship meet. The meet was held over the course of three days, at the Salem YMCA and had 12 teams competing against each other, with 321 individual swimmers. Franklin County, despite being one of the smaller teams at the meet with 29 swimmers, took third place overall for the weekend with many swimmers making their best times for the season.
“This year was the first time the team has finished in the top three. We placed third and that is a major accomplishment for us. We had to outperform teams that had more swimmers than us. We saw some major time improvements at this championship swim meet. This is by far the best champs we have gone to. The kids on the Riptide swim team have been working hard this season and it really showed at champs. We even had two swimmers make regional qualifying times for the first time. I could not be more proud of the Riptide swimmers. I am excited to see what the future holds because every year we get better and faster,” said Head Coach JT Boyd.
Next weekend is the Upper Southeast YMCA Regional swim meet in which all kids who have made regional qualifying times from the states of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina will compete. The Riptide swim team has 7 kids attending the meet this year. Landon Akers, Mallorie Teer, Gabe Lester, Maddox Conley, Brayden Shirley, Grayson Altice, and Josie Gilley will be representing Franklin County in Duncan, South Carolina.