Swim

Halifax County High School’s Maddie Freshour plows through the water during one of the legs of the 100-meter freestyle race during a December 2019 meet against Appomattox High School at the South Boston YMCA.

The Halifax County High School swim team has been hard at work preparing for their upcoming season that is set to begin this week.

Head coach Shawn Torian and his assistant coaches are hoping that despite the unusual season that they are able to continue their winning ways.

Last season the girls swim team captured their fourth district championship in a row, and the boys team won their third district title in four years.

“Throughout this year, sports have looked completely different,” Torian said. “The 2020-2021 swim team is composed of hard workers looking forward to getting back to some normalcy in their high school lives,” he added.

Torian said that this year’s team is smaller than years past due to this situation, but added that each swimmer they have is putting forth just as much effort to become the best that they can be this year.

Shea Carey and Maddie Freshour return this year, and Torian says that they have stepped up to lead the team. “They motivate the other swimmers each day when they come to practice at the YMCA,” Torian said.

Torian went on to say that both the boys and girls teams return a number of swimmers from last season’s team that scored a good number of points for the team last season.

“Carey, Josh Roberts, Jake Carr, Ethan Kirkhart and Dawson Epps will take the lead on the boys team,” he said. “The girls team has new swimmers that were exhibition last year that will bring in many points this season. Among that group on the girls team are seniors Freshour and Lilian Zhang, junior Lydia Wentzel and freshman Emma Shepperd,” Torian added.

The swim season is set to begin with the boys taking on Bassett on Thursday and the girls following against Bassett on Friday.

Both meets are scheduled for 5 p.m. start times at the South Boston/Halifax YMCA.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV