VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) —With the 2021 Tokyo Olympics right around the corner, some swimmers in Hampton Roads are preparing for the Olympic trials.
This year, 7 members of the Tide swim team in Virginia Beach will take their talents to Omaha to compete against the best in the country.
Four are currently on the team, and three are in college, but came through the program.
Saturday morning, their swim family held a sendoff poolside filled with decorated posters, and red, white and blue balloons, for the qualifiers before they head out next week.
“This has been the first chance to celebrate them and their achievement and send them off the right way and make sure the little ones know, ‘hey that’s my teammate and that could be me at some point,'” said head coach of Tides Swim, Richard Hunter.