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Hard work in the pool is paying off for local swimmers.
Eighteen Southside athletes are heading to New York and Maryland this week for regional swimming competitions. They are affiliated with TIDE Swimming, which is based in Virginia Beach and provides year-round instruction and competition, according to its website.
“These athletes have been working since September,” said Carrie Duffy, a spokesperson for TIDE Swimming. “They love what they do.”
Ten TIDE swimmers will compete at the Eastern Zone Long Course Age Group Championship in East Meadow, N.Y. from Aug. 3 to Aug. 6. They will square off against swimmers who come from Virginia to Maine. In order to qualify, the TIDE athletes had to have either four qualifying times or finish in the top two of a Virginia event. The TIDE participants are: Elle Caldow, 13; Robert Dinunzio, 11; Kayleigh Duffy, 11; Kendall Ewing, 14; Barett Heritage, 13; Sophia Knapp, 11; Alexandra Kopal, 13; Gavin Lamoureaux, 13; Samantha Tadder, 13 and Kayla Wilson, 12.
Eight TIDE swimmers will head to the University of Maryland in College Park for a four-day-competition, the USA Swimming Futures meet, from Aug. 4 to Aug. 7. The TIDE participants are: Dan Bannon, 16; Charlie Burt, 15; Kyle Demers, 15; Jerra Ewing, 17; Tara LaRusso, 16; Brooke Lamoureaux, 15; Alex Neff, 14 and Shelby Raber, 15.
The regional competitions come on the heels of a third-place finish for 34 TIDE swimmers in July at the Virginia Swimming Long Course Age Group Championships at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg. The first- and second-place finishers were from Richmond.
“I have never seen so much good energy from our team,” Sandra Jones, the associate head coach and founder, said in a release.
Later this month, three TIDE swimmers will compete at the USA Speedo Junior National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12. The competition will attract roughly 800 athletes. The TIDE participants are Callie Dickinson, 16, Lauren Barakey, 14 and Eric Fuhs, 17.