DOBSON — The annual Blue Ridge Swim League is back in action for the 2018 summer, giving children from all around the area the opportunity to compete in a fun activity during the annual break from school.
Seven teams are taking part in this season, three from Surry County and four from across the border in Virginia. Most teams swam three to five dual- or tri-meets in June and will swim the same number during the next two weeks, prior to the conference championships at the end of the month.
Two of the seven teams represent communities in the Mount Airy News coverage area, those being the Dobson Dolphins and the Reeves Rapids. The Dolphins are based at the Dobson pool, while the Rapids swim at the Reeves Community Center in downtown Mount Airy.
Both local teams return to action on Tuesday. Dobson will host Galax at 6 p.m., with warm-ups starting an hour earlier, while Reeves travels to the other side of the county for a meet against the Elkin Wet Lightning. The Dolphins swim again on Thursday, again at home, against Carroll Wellness.
The local teams meet for the first time this season on Saturday, July 14, with Reeves hosting a tri-meet that will begin at 9 a.m. Patrick County and Dobson will be the guests of the Rapids.
At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, the Dolphins return to the pool and make their own trip down the highway to swim against the Wet Lightning, who traveled to Dobson during the June portion of the schedule. Reeves doesn’t swim that day, but they do have a Thursday, July 19 date with the Dolphins in Dobson, as the two teams complete their home-and-home series with one another. This meet, which also begins at 6 p.m., completes the regular season for Dobson.
Reeves will complete its regular season on Saturday, July 21 with a trip to DeHart Park in Stuart, Va., where the Rapids will swim a tri-meet against Patrick and Carroll.
Wytheville is also a member of the circuit, but all of the local teams finished their schedule with that team back in June and won’t meet them again until the championships.
Reeves is hosting this year’s championship meet for the Blue Ridge Swim League. The event will be held on two days, Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, with the 11 and over swimmers competing on Friday at 4 p.m. and the 10 and under swimmers competing Saturday at 9 a.m. If either meet is rained out, it will be made up on Sunday, July 29. Uniquely among BRSL events, live results will be posted from this meet on Reeves’ team website (http://results.teamunify.com/rechsrvst/).
The BRSL is open to swimmers who are 18 and under as of the official beginning of the season on June 1 of each year. Many local standouts from the high school teams around the area compete in the league during the summer.
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