BEAUFORT, S.C. – Some may find it difficult to see where social distancing would be difficult on a swim team. Each swimmer has their own lane, their six feet apart, but that is what head coach Ally Keene is preaching during the final practices prior to the start of the 2020 swim season.
When asked what the most challenging aspect of this season will be, Keene said, “The biggest obstacle is going to be maintaining social distancing between the kids. It is so easy to get excited and want to be together when they are doing really well, but with that so far they are listening and understanding where the obstacles come from and the limitations we have on this season and they are tackling them head on.”
Although the season may be limited to two meets prior to the 3A-Region meets near the end of the month, there is a lot to look forward to with this young group of swimmers. Keene is joined by assistants Justine Hardy and James Raymond, both who she feels will be valuable assets on the pool deck.
With the season opener just days away and abnormal practice schedule, the determination and improving technique is something noticed by the coaching staff. “I am seeing improvement endurance wise, technique wise, I’m seeing those small little victories every single day of mastery is the biggest thing I look for and the most exciting thing for me.”
The Dolphins head to North Charleston on Thursday, Sept. 10 to face off against region foe, Academic Magnet.