Virginia Beach, Virginia 2021-05-29 14:40:39 –
Virginia Beach, Virginia (WAVY) — With the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympics, some Hampton Roads swimmers are preparing for an Olympic trial.
This year, seven members of Virginia Beach’s Tide Swim Team will use their talents in Omaha to compete with the best teams in the country.
Four are currently on the team and three are in college but have graduated from the program.
On Saturday morning, their swimming family saw off at the poolside filled with decorated posters and red, white and blue balloons for next week’s qualifying.
“This is celebrating them and their achievements, sending them out in the right way, and telling the little ones,’This is my teammate and may one day be me,'” said Tides Swim head coach. It was my first chance to get to know me, “said Richard Hunter.
When the pandemic broke out, Nicky Venema, who attended Princeton University, returned to train in Tides full-time.
She and Emily Claesson are just two swimmers heading for a trial between the ages of 16 and 21.
“I’m really excited that this is what I dreamed of. When I thought I’d go last year, the whole pandemic happened.
But I was given more time to reflect on and prepare for this tournament, “Benema said.
Venema is a graduate of Kellum HS, but Claesson will soon be one.
“The Olympic trial is a big goal and we are very proud to have achieved it. We are very much looking forward to going to Omaha and experiencing it,” says Claesson.
The other remaining qualifiers in the area are Sam Tadder and Keila Wilson, and the college students are El Cardou, Lauren Baraki, and Curry Dickenson.
The Olympic trial begins on June 4th and these strong competitors are ready to bring it with true Virginia Beach fashion behind the community.
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