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Knights have plans to slay the pool

Knights have plans to slay the pool

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Knights have plans to slay the pool

Christian Heritage Academy plans to add swimming to its athletic roster with plans to stage its home meets at the Franklin County Family YMCA’s William Lee Cooper Aquatics Center. From left are CHA Athletic Director Nancy Castillo, Kameron Kitts of the YMCA and Todd King, the Knights’ swimming coach.

Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) has announced plans to add swimming for boys and girls to its interscholastic athletics roster.

The school already fields teams in boys and girls cross country, boys basketball, volleyball and boys and girls outdoor track and has competed in boys and girls soccer, girls basketball and baseball in past years.

Plans are for the Knights to begin competition in December, CHA Athletic Director Nancy Castillo said in an email.

It’s possible that swimming will compete as a club sport this year. The Virginia Association of Christian Athletics (VACA) does not sponsor swimming.

Todd King, who coaches boys and girls cross country at the school, has been selected to lead the new program. The Knights will host meets at Franklin County Family YMCA’s William Lee Cooper Aquatics Center.

CHA will share the venue with Franklin County High School’s boys and girls squads and the YMCA’s Riptide swim team.

“To my knowledge there is no other VACA school that has swimming,’’ Castillo said. “For us, it’s a year that (swimming) will look more like a club sport in terms of competition.

“After talking with Kameron (Kitts) at the Y, we will try to schedule one swim meet for each month of December, January and February. Hopefully, another local private school will schedule a meet with us as well. We are hoping for three to four meets this year,’’ Castillo said.

“We are testing the waters with swimming and are looking at options for expanding the athletic opportunities for our CHA students.’’

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