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Greenville swim team gears up for season

Lauren Christ isn't your typical teenager who likes to just sit around and play Playstation 2 for hours.

Christ admits she's competitive. Although she has a younger brother, she competes against him.

Christ is sure she will keep count of how many ribbons she has compared to her younger brother Caleb when the Greenville Tigersharks swim team opens the season June 10 in Montgomery.

"We compete against each other in everything," Lauren Christ said. "And I usually win."

Caleb Christ wasn't at Tigersharks practice Thursday to give his side of the story though.

Greenville will have about 25 swimmers on the Tigersharks squad this season, said first-year coach Debbie Haire.

Christ is one of a handful of veteran swimmers on the team.

"It's an adrenaline rush every meet," the 13-year-old said. "I just love swimming and going against people that I don't know and try to win."

And Christ has won some meets so far.

"I love it," she said about winning. "When you work so hard and you get that ribbon, it's a great feeling."

Christ said she plans on swimming as long as he's allowed.

"I want to swim with the YMCA until I can't anymore and then we'll see if I can swim in college," she said.

Sara Sims is in her eighth year with the Tigersharks and said she has been swimming as long as she can remember.

"I think I've been in the water since I was 1 year-old," she said. "I like swimming and plan on staying with it as long as I can."

Not all of the swimmers on the Tigersharks' team is as experienced as Sims or Christ. Greenville will also have some first-year swimmers on the team, Haire said.

"Mainly they just know how to swim, but don't know the strokes," Haire said. ""They practice every stroke to build them up right now."

The season hasn't started yet, and Greenville already swims at a disadvantage. The Tigersharks have to travel to all of its meets because the Greenville YMCA pool is not regulation size.

But the Tigersharks will be host to two meets at the Bell Road YMCA in Montgomery, That may change next year, when two new pools are expected to be installed at the new YMCA location.

"Once the new pool is installed, then we'll be able to host meets," Haire said.

The Tigersharks' two home meets will be June 24 and July 29.