Varsity Swimming & Diving Preview

Audric Gupton ’20 and Reed Shemwell ’21

The Tigers start the season with both old and new faces, including former captains Charles Moore 19’ and Michael Keohane 19’ among novices. The Tigers that swam in the fall have already competed against several alumni on the eve of the recent Game. Several members of the swim team had the opportunity to participate in the Tucker Phelps intra-squad invitational meet that was held on October 13 – where Orange left the pool victorious.

The Tigers will dive into action with their season opener on December 1stat the 6th annual Woodberry Forest Relay Carnival. However, a small group of Tigers will begin their meet season this weekend at the BASS Turkey Classic USA Swim Meet held at the Collegiate School Aquatic Center in Richmond.

After only graduating one Tiger, we should be able to maintain and even improve our relays. Our Junior Varsity swimmers have an important impact this year with Jack Zollweg 20’ and Lucas Zhang 20’ at the head of the team. “I am exited to have a new  group of guys that are excited about the sport this season,” Zollweg said.

Current 2018-19 captain Moore is expecting a great season after winning Most Valuable Player last year, as well as the Leadership award for Team Values. Kyle Floyd mentioned, “I am excited for where this season takes us as a team.” He is also working towards improving his 100 yard Fly time.

The Tigers will head down to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for their training trip over Christmas Break once again and, during their trip, will spend some time with Woodberry alumnus Rob Long.

Norfolk Academy should be one to look out for judging from the fact that they won first place in the VISAA State Championship. The Tigers hope to close the gap between 1stand 9th. The Tigers will face Norfolk in multiple meets this year. Collegiate will also be a strong competitor this season after coming in close behind Norfolk.

The Diving Tigers have already learned the challenges of their chosen sport. New diver Beau Watts suffered a broken nose the first day of practice, but reports that he is “ready to get back out there and grind.” This years divers hope to improve from last year and soar into heights beyond. They will kick off their season at Collegiate School on December 4th.

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