Rain or shine: Sharks improving despite poor weather

Published 3:00 am Thursday, June 29, 2017

Despite the poor weather, the Troy Tiger Sharks are steadily improving on their way to the district swim meet in Dothan.

The Tiger Sharks participated in just their second swim meet of the summer in Andalusia on Tuesday evening and head coach Nicklaus Chrysson liked what he saw.

“We did pretty good,” Chrysson said. “We did good for not swimming in other meets because of the weather. (Tropical Storm) Cindy took a lot out of us. We did better than I thought for having just one meet in the books.”

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The Tiger Sharks entered the summer with a good mix of veteran swimmers and young swimmers. The more experienced swimmers have taken the shortage of practice in strides thus far this summer.

“A lot of the kids are returning so they kind of already know what to do,” Chrysson said. “For the new kids, it’s been a challenge. When we cancel some days, we make them up with practice.”

For the younger kids, the summer has been more of a fun activity than a sport and Tuesday’s trip to Andalusia was an example of the fun they have been having this summer

“The younger swimmers like coming to practice,” Chrysson said. “It’s more a fun thing for them. They don’t really see it as a competition; they see it as more of a fun summer activity to do with their friends. They enjoyed the relays, swimming with each other and cheering each other on. They really enjoy that.”

The next step for the Tiger Sharks this summer is the district swim meet. With the fundamentals now learned, the Sharks will shift their attention to gaining strength and pushing their bodies to the next level.

“Our key foundation is set,” Chrysson said. “Now it’s about pushing our bodies as far as they can go and to build up the strength we need for competition at district.”