Riptide opens season in meets in Bedford and Eden, N.C.

The Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swimming team poses for a picture after competing in a meet at the Bedford YMCA earlier this month.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, 12 swimmers representing the Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide Swim team competed in their first swim meet of the season.

The meet was held at the Bedford Family YMCA against teams from Alleghany, Altavista and Bedford.

Landon Akers and Brayden Shirley qualified for the Upper Southeast Regional YMCA meet — Akers in the 100 breaststroke and the 100 butterfly and; Shirley qualified in the 50 butterfly.

Also, Shirley improved his times in all three of his individual events.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Riptide took eight swimmers to Eden, N.C. to competeg in the Veteran’s Day Invitational.

Overall the team came in sixth out of seven teams: the boys finished third, the girls placed fifth.

Akers, Shirley, Chase Davis and Alec Dow improved their times in all three events in which they competed.

“The team has been working very hard in the preseason practices, I am glad that the athletes are seeing that work pay off,” said Kameon Kitts, the Riptide’s head coach and the aquatics director for the YMCA.

“We have several kids who are close to regional times, It will be exciting to see how many qualify this year,” Kitts said.

The Riptide was scheduled to compete in a meet last Saturday at the Danville Family YMCA. Information on that event was not made available at press time.

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