NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Athletes across the tri-county are ready to compete during the 2021 Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association Championship Meet.
“As far as swimming I remember I wasn’t very good. I never made the City Meet until I was 14 and I remember thinking okay you know I really want to do this and that was when I started swimming year around when I was about 11,” said David Rieder who now lives and breathes the sport.
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“I’m in it at all levels. I still swim, I coach some kids. I write about swimming. I get to do City Meets still,” said Rieder.
This weekend you will find him out of the water announcing the swim meet.
“You’re by yourself. You can’t be coached when you’re in the water and it’s really, it’s scary, it’s exciting and every race is a little bit different. Right? And it’s different for every person,” said Rieder.
His advice to those competing… “Just kind of ride the adrenaline because it’s so exciting to come here. It’s an opportunity to swim fast and swim fast for your team and just see what can happen because it can be, it can be, you might be awesome. Yeah, it’s a little scary it’s a little nervous. It’s supposed to be. If not, it wouldn’t be worth it, but you have a chance to swim in a special meet. In a meet that’s gone back a really long time, probably the best City Meet we’ve had this year,” said Rieder.
Mayor Summey said he is expecting a large crowd at the new North Charleston Aquatic Center for this weekend’s competition.
“We’re expecting somewhere around 1,500 young people between Thursday and Sunday swimming in here and somewhere around 1,500 parents as well,” said Mayor Summey, who wants a great future for athletes at the aquatic center.
“One day maybe we’ll have a gold medal winner from the Charleston area who swam in this pool,” said Summey.
For Rieder, this weekend is a way to tell the swimmer’s stories. “I can’t imagine my life not having swimming being a huge part of my life,” said Rieder.
If you can’t make it in person the championship meet will be live-streamed at CountOn2.com. See the schedule below:
Friday, July 9th
Individual and relay events for 11-12-year-old girls and boys
Swim Meet begins at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 10th
Individual and relay events for 7-8, 9-10-year-old girls and boys
Swim Meet begins at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 11th
Individual and relay events for 13-14 and 15-18 girls and boys
Swim Meet begins at 9:15 a.m.
Awards at (approx.) 12:15 p.m.