Fort Mill Sports

Pool of Sharks smaller, but teams ready to swim

Numbers are down for the Anne Springs Close Greenway Complex swim team this summer.

The Fort Mill Sharks swim in Division V of the Greater Charlotte Swim League, and head coach Harry Truesdale said he will try to make best with what he has heading into this summer.

“Kids are doing different things now and neighborhoods are getting more of their own teams,” he said.

The Sharks have just 80 swimmers on this year’s roster, compared to 120 last summer. Their biggest age group is 9- to 10-year-old with 22 swimmers.

There are four home meets for the Sharks at the complex this summer with the first one June 4. . Truesdale said he is unsure of the level of talent he has this year, because he also doesn’t know what other teams have.

Fort Mill will end its season at the Division V All-Star meet July 1.

Greenwave starts early

In the Springfield community, the Greenwave gets an earlier than normal start to the Division II swim season.

Also with the Greater Charlotte Swim League, Springfield had its first meet June 1 and will have three home meets this season.

The Greenwave moves from Division III to Division II this summer after winning the regular season title last year.

“We are pretty use to moving up a division,” said head coach Nathanial Whyte. “This year will be more difficult. The pressure is always going to be there.”

Springfield has 150 swimmers this year, about the same number as last season. Its biggest age group comes from the 7- to 8-year-old swimmers with 40.

In the past, Springfield hasn’t always had the most difficult of competition, at times winning pretty handily. However, now that it continues to advance to more difficult divisions, that isn’t the case anymore.

“Every team we swim against will be a big competition,” Whyte said.

Springfield will end its season with the Division II All-Star meet Saturday, June 27.