The Elkin Wet Lightning are ready to strike Saturday in the first swim meet of the season.
Roughly 120 kids from more than five counties represent the team, and it’s a great opportunity to get in the pool over the summer.
“The kids on our team are at age ranges 5 to 18 from kids who are swimming from one side to another to those who swim competitively,” Coach Sybil Myers said. This is Myers’ third stint as a coach for the Wet Lightning.
Myers started as a coach for the team back when she was on the team in the 1980s, and has been on and off ever since.
“A lot of the kids I coached six years ago are still swimming with us,” Myers said. “This team is like a family. A lot of the older kids are like assistant coaches without even being asked.”
When the Wet Lightning hit the pool Saturday at 9 a.m. against Carroll and Wytheville, both from Virginia, it also will mark a milestone for a coach Myers has been with from the beginning.
Oz Prim will be celebrating his 30th anniversary as a coach for the team. His leadership has helped the Elkin swimming community grow tremendously.
“Coaching was my dream,” said Prim. “This is a dream job and I’ve been able to watch people grow up. I feel blessed.”
He’s not the only Prim helping out the team. His two daughters are assistant coaches, with Julianna Prim being a recent graduate and record-breaking swimmer from NC State University. Oz Prim noted that his two daughters, as well as the Wet Lightning, have taught him family values.
“It’s allowed me to be a better father. Getting to be with my kids has made me a better person. I look at coaching and think you have to be a role model. We have great kids that are wonderful to be around,” Prim said.
After Saturday’s meet is done, the Wet Lightning will have a rematch against Carroll County Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Carroll County.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.