Swimmers spanning generations converge for annual RVAA City/County Championship

Published: Jul. 20, 2019 at 10:15 PM EDT
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Swimmers of all ages came together this week for the annual Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association City/County Championship at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

Hundreds of swimmers, ranging from 4 years old to 78, represented 14 teams around the valley.

It's one of the only leagues in Virginia that combines youth swimming with adults and, for many of the league's competitors, it's very much a family affair.

"I live for it," said Kit Williams, who's been competing in the event for more than 40 years. "I live for coming here. I've been doing it since I was five years old and it's a family activity. You can swim with your kids, and I coach little kids and big kids and I just don't know of anything around that allows you to compete with other members of your family and to have that connection generationally across the board."

Others, like siblings Robin Bowen and Adam Shores, also swam at the meet as kids and now bring their own children.

"I think what's really special about doing it now is that our own children are swimming with us and our spouses," Bowen said.

"It becomes a family event, so it's neat to see my niece and nephew, my sister, my brother-in-law, my wife, my kids," Shores added.

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