Fairview Swim Club Goes For 23rd Consecutive JSL Title
A pool that sits off of Belvedere Drive in Albemarle County is responsible for 22 years of tradition.
Fairview Swim Club Member, Lucas Smith, says, "Since I was 5, I've been on the pool deck. My mom was a coach so when I didn't want to get in, I was still at the pool."
Lucas Smith's memories are similar to most of the kids treading water in the lanes of the Fairview Swim Club.
The Seahorses have 22 Jefferson Swim League Championships, and are on the verge of bringing home their 23rd when they take on Crozet this week.
Cameron Smith said, "[Coaches] push us hard. They let us have fun so that makes us come to practice."
Lucas Smith added, "When you're just working hard and dreading practice then you don't wanna go and you're not getting better as much. When you have fun and you wanna go to practice, you are getting better more often."
Head Coach J.J. Bean is a staple at Fairview, and says he's coached some of the kids parents who were on the team 20 years ago.
A bond that's been passed down from generation to generation.
"It's not that we have the best pool, the best pool house, the best this or that, but we have great people.
All our coaches grew up here, they learned how to swim here and they've been on the swim team here," said Bean.
The Fairview Swim Club believes having that family like camaraderie is the reason why they're going to take home their 23rd consecutive Jefferson Swim League Title.
Bean said, "Crozet is very, very good. We don't control how well they swim we can only control how well we swim, and you know it will be really exciting and fun. Everyone can look forward to a great race, and I think its going to bring the best out of the kids, our coaches and our parents."
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Friday, March 7 2014 11:01 PM EST2014-03-08 04:01:45 GMT
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