PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL (WJHG/WECP) Call a large group of area high school swimmers yet another example of student athletes showing how tough they really are!
A contingent of area high school kids, led by the teams of Mosley and Arnold, are getting set to compete for a chance to take another step closer to State Friday.
The 2A-1 District meet is set for Friday at the University of West Florida's pool, so the practice sessions, like one at the Panama City Beach Aquatic Center Wednesday afternoon, vital in preparation for that.
That pool only becoming available to the local swimmers over the weekend, before that, well as Mosley coach Steve Burdeshaw puts it, working out wasn't easy, especially for many of his team's kids!
"Some of them have lost their homes, some of them have had to move to other places." the coach told me "I've had kids swimming in condo pools, motel pools. I've had to email out workouts. And then we had a group of kids that are also Panama City Swim Team as well as Mosley swimmers, and they had to drive two hours every day to swim over in Destin. So two hours over, to swim for two hours, and two hours back! You know they've gone through all this but they've persevered and they've done their dry-land work on their own, they've done their swimming on their own, or they've driven four hours a day to get to swim for two hours a day. So they're a dedicated group."
In all coach says Mosley will take 39 swimmers and divers west Friday.
Arnold likely to take another 30. Burdeshaw tells us North Bay Haven had several swimmers set to go, wanting to go, but when administrators at that school shut down fall sports, that ended their hopes of competing for a berth at State!