Riptide swim team

Members of the Riptide team competed at the Veterans Day Invitational in Eden on Nov. 9.

Swimmers on the Riptide Swim team started strong in their first two swim meets of the season.

The first meet was at the Bedford Family YMCA on Nov. 2 against teams from Alleghany, Altivista and Bedford. Two swimmers qualified for the Upper Southeast Regional YMCA meet. Landon Akers qualified in the 100 breast and the 100 fly, while Brayden Shirley qualified in the 50 fly.

On Nov. 9, the Riptides took eight swimmers to Eden competing in the Veterans Day Invitational. The team placed sixth out of seven teams with the Riptide boys placing third overall and the girls placing fifth. Landon Akers, Chase Davis, Alec Dow and Brayden Shirley improved their times in all three events while competing.

“The team has been working very hard in the pre-season practices, I am glad that the athletes are seeing that work pay off,” said Kameron Kitts, head coach and aquatics director for the Franklin County Family YMCA. “We have several kids who are close to regional times; it will be exciting to see how many qualify this year.”