The summer season begins this Tuesday for local teams competing in the Tarheel Swimming Association.
The schedule consists of six Tuesday meets that are officially set to start at 7 p.m., but typically begin closer to 6 p.m. as teams try to dodge the thunderstorms that have a history of tormenting the meets throughout the season.
The association has a championship meet typically held the week after the regular season concludes.
Competition is broken down into six age groups for both boys and girls, ranging from 6 years and under to 18-year-olds. The meets are composed of medley relay, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle relay.
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The teams are also placed in different divisions, competing against both teams in their own division and often those one division up or down.
All three local teams compete in the association’s Northern League.
The Planter’s Walk Piranhas will swim out of Division 7 this summer. The team competed out of Division 6 last summer and finished with a 1-5 overall record.
The schedule for Planter’s Walk is as follows: June 16 at Granite Falls; June 23 at Summerfield North; June 30 vs. Jewish Community Center; July 7 vs. Hasentree; July 14 vs. Southall; July 21 at Black Horse Run.
The Wendell Waves will swim out of Division 9 this summer. The Waves went 2-4 overall swimming out of Division 10 last year.
Wendell’s schedule is as follows: June 16 vs. Oak Park; June 23 at Hawthorne; June 30 at Raleigh Racquet Club; July 7 at Zebulon & Zebulon Country Club; July 14 vs. Crabtree; July 21 vs. Carlyle & Chatsworth.
The Zebulon Dolphins will swim out of division 10 this summer. The Dolphins were 1-5 overall last summer while also swimming out of Division 10.
Zebulon faces the following schedule: June 16 at Carlyle & Chatsworth; June 23 vs. Crabtree; June 30 at Durant Trails; July 7 vs. Wendell; July 14 at Hawthorne; July 21 vs. Raleigh Racquet Club.