VIRGINIA BEACH – TIDE Swimming is celebrating what it called its successful first USA-sanctioned swim meet in its new 50-meter, Olympic-sized pool at the Princess Anne Family YMCA.
The meet hosted 350 athletes from TIDE Swimming and two teams from the Peninsula — the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins and 757 Swim, the club said.
“This meet represents a TEAM community between all our hard working volunteers, parents, swimmers and coaches both past and present,” said TIDE Swimming founder and associate head coach Sandra Jones in a release.
The outdoor pool is the only Olympic-sized pool of its kind in South Hampton Roads and is now home to more than 300 members of TIDE Swimming and YMCA members, according to the swim club.
Katy Arris-Wilson, president of TIDE Swimming’s board, worked for the past five years with the city and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads to develop the partnership.
“Tide Swimming’s tag line is Building Champions in Life Through the Sport of Swimming,” she said in the release. “This new, state of the art facility and 50 meter pool allows us to introduce more kids to the great sport of swimming as well as host meets which will bring positive economic impact to the area.”
The pool’s features include Myrtha “Track Start” starting blocks, and its water is heated in the winter to an average temperature of 82 degrees, according to TIDE Swimming. The club is raising funds for a permanent cover.