Springfield’s Greenwave to swim against stronger tide this season

mbanks@comporium.netJune 3, 2014 

James Martin works out in the pool for Springfield’s Greenwave, which faces stiffer competition this season.

MAC BANKS

— After winning three straight division championships and two of the past three All-Star events, the Springfield Greenwave will yet again move up to a stronger section of the Greater Charlotte Swim League.

With about 150 swimmers in tow, the Greenwave, which also moved up last season, will be in Division III this summer and go up against some of the toughest competition it will face to date.

“It should be more competitive than the last three years,” said head coach Meredith Yocum. “It should be a race to the finish.”

Yocum is sharing head coaching duties this summer with Nate Whyte as she is in her last trimester of pregnancy and will have to limit the amount of time she can actually be with the team.

“I am doing everything behind the scenes this summer,” she said. “I will be at all the home meets.”

The Greenwave has 30 swimmers in the 11- and 12-year-old age group and should be the strongest between ages 9-12.

Springfield will goagainst some of the more well-known neighborhoods in Charlotte like Weddington Chase, Bridgehampton, Raintree and Rama. The team will have three home meets with the first one June 16 against Weddington Chase. That will be followed by meets at home against Bridgehampton June 19 and Rama June 26.

“This will be a great division for them,” Yocum said. “Every meet will be an unknown. It will truly depend on how the swimmers race.”

The season kicks off June 9 at Raintree and wraps up at the All-Star meet July 6 at the Mecklenburg Aquatics Center in uptown Charlotte.

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