Friday was a historic night for Carroll County High School athletics as the first swim team in school history took part in its first official event.
The Cavaliers took on Galax High School in a scrimmage Friday at the Carroll Wellness Center. Not only did Carroll take to the waters for the very first time, the team was pretty impressive in its first outing. The Cavs defeated Galax 45-20 in boys’ swimming, while Carroll only dropped the overall meet by just four points, 76-72.
“We have 17 on the roster, which is a fabulous number, more than I was anticipating. We have some football players, we have some cheerleaders, volleyball players, baseball players, so there is some cross athletics going on. And they are doing awesome,” said Carroll County head coach Joi Ogle. “We had open swim through the month of October and our season could not begin until November 7, so we actually have had two full weeks of regular season practices and I’m very pleased with their progress.”
The team was a little sore Friday, Ogle admitted, after some CrossFit training the previous day at Carroll Wellness Center. She said the team has been practicing in the water Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and doing CrossFit training with Jordan Brown on Thursdays.
“We are having a great time,” Ogle said.
Assisting Ogle with the varsity swim team is Beth King, a former CCHS athlete who swam several years with the Carroll Wellness Center Tigersharks. She said two of the high school swimmers actually swam with her on the Tigersharks’ team about eight years ago.
“We were on the same team and now I am coaching them on the high school team so that’s pretty cool,” King said. “I think having the Tigersharks definitely has helped us with the high school team. I wish we could have had this sooner, but most of the team we have now was on the Tigersharks and some still are, so they are getting plenty of experience.”
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