With the absence of the Baxter Barracudas, the Tega Cay Breakers closest competition, the Beach and Swim Club based team are looking to win its seventh straight Metrolina Swim Championship.
In recent years, when the Breakers have lost, it’s been to Baxter. Now that Baxter is in the Greater Charlotte Swim League, the competition should be easier.
“I think I have a great team,” said Breakers head coach Emily Mayhew. “All of our new kids are picking things up and learning a lot.”
Mayhew is in her first year as head coach with the Breakers, but is no stranger to the pool. She has eight years of coaching experience, including stints in Spartanburg and as an assistant with the Anne Springs Close Greenway Complex team and the Breakers last season. She also served as an assistant with the Fort Mill High School team last season.
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However, Mayhew isn’t doing things alone. She has three college swimmers and six high school swimmers who serve as her assistant coaches this summer.
“I have a great set of coaches and junior coaches,” she said.
For the firs time, the Breakers had to limit the number of participants, but the team still has a loaded roster of 233 swimmers. Its biggest age group is 9- to 10-year-olds with 64.
“No one else is as big as us,” she said.
Returning to the Metrolina Swim League this year will be River Hills of Lake Wylie, which was one of Tega Cay’s biggest rivals before it left the league.
The Breakers will swim five meets this summer before the two big end of the season events at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center, the Metrolina Invitational and the Metrolina Championship, both on Saturday, June 27.