Hidden Valley sends five spring athletes to the next level
Hidden Valley had five spring athletes sign their National Letter of Intent Friday. Swimmer Meagan Baxley is off to Washington and Lee, Titan goalie Rio Jarrett is going to Concord University, and three lacrosse players are moving on. Landon Blackshear to Bridgewater, Tyler Duffey to Averett, and Connor McGarry to Pfeiffer University.
Daleville’s Olivia Bray helps lead Texas to 3rd place finish in NCAA Swim & Dive Championship
ROANOKE, Va. – Daleville’s Olivia Bray has many titles; Lord Botetourt alum, Olympic Trial Qualifier, Texas Longhorn, and now, and All-American. Last week, she competed in multiple events in her first NCAA Swim & Dive Championship, taking home silver in the 200-meter butterfly as a freshman. “There were eight of us, two swimmers had been to an NCAA Championship before so we were a new group to go. We went to go get the trophy and we couldn’t let it go.”AdBray placed 3rd in the 400-yard medley relay, 7th in the 200-yard medley relay, 9th in the 400-yard freestyle relay with her team, 7th in the 100-yard butterfly, 16th in the 100-yard backstroke, 2nd in the 200-yard butterfly. With her Olympic dreams put on hold last year, she also intends on competing in the Olympic trials this summer.
Backpacking with Brooke: Blue Hole at Jennings Creek
This time, we’re hitting a swimming hole known to the locals as Blue Hole, but is part of Jennings Creek in Arcadia. You’ll park in a little lot right off of Route 614. You’ll then walk to the left back across the bridge that crosses Jennings Creek. When the water is high, this makes for a nice swimming hole as well, but for now we just got our hair wet and moved on. We walked downstream along the bank then over some boulders to make it to the actual Blue Hole.
Area swim teams adjusting to being back in the pool under new guidelines
ROANOKE, Va. After about two months out of the pool, a 5 a.m. wake up call is nothing for the CCA Marlins. Swimmers are like getting fish out of the water, its just not possible, head coach Amina Serir said. The year-round swim club is one of the first teams to get back in the water since the Coronavirus pandemic. I know RVAA as a league decided back in May that we were not going to host a formal swim season, RVAA board member Shannon Hoopes said. "Right now we have been following the guidelines, one swimmer per lane, only 50 minutes so we can clean up between practices,' Serir said.