The dog days of summer are the perfect time to be poolside, and nowhere is that more evident than with Williamsburg’s thriving summer swim teams; the area fields almost two dozen teams each summer.
Often broken down by neighborhood — the Queen’s Lake Eagles, the Kingsmill Sharks, or the Wellington Waves, for example — there are often around a hundred kids swimming for most of these teams.
Wellington Waves coach Matthew Dryden said there are a few reasons, but Williamsburg has two things many areas might not: lots of neighborhoods that have community pools, which makes swim teams possible, and many opportunities to swim outside of the summer, meaning there’s a larger group of swimmers to draw from.
“Swimming has a lot of simple appeal for kids over the summer as a sport, not just for a chance to stay cool, and it’s a lifelong skill that’s useful even if you don’t stick with the sport,” Dryden said.
“Here in Williamsburg though, not only do we have a bunch of neighborhoods that have pools, we do have a lot of options for swimming outside of the summer, both the high school teams or the year around clubs like 757swim and Williamsburg Aquatic Club that have been here for ages.”
Dryden, who has coached the Waves for the past six years, said the Waves offer a fairly typical portrait of local summer swim teams. Participation is open to kids from age 3 through high school seniors, with Wellington fielding 110 registered swimmers. Some of the kids swim at the high school level or year-round, others play other sports during the rest of the year, but there are also a lot of kids who just come to swim and beat the summer heat — a factor with some extra appeal this year.
“Some pools have a diving well, ours does not, and you can definitely feel the heat, especially in the shallower ends of the pool, so a lot of kids enjoy the chance just to cool off for a bit,” Dryden said. “The past couple of years, we’ve been very competitive, and this year has been no exception, we’re just behind the Ford’s Colony Killer Whales in our division right now.”
As for the kids themselves, they mention there are a few other big draws to summer swim.
Below is a list of all the neighborhood swim teams in the Williamsburg area:
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