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Chenango Valley hosts first virtual swim meet

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(WBNG) -- Chenango Valley is about one month into the swimming and diving season, but Wednesday night marked the Warriors first virtual swim meet as they took on Oneonta.

"We're just happy to get in the water and swim and have some kind of season instead of not having a season," Chenango Valley swim coach Charles Frayer said.

Senior Peyton Broderick used used to swimming next to his competition. Instead, Wednesday he swam against his competitors virtually.

"You're not hearing the chanting and everyone along the sideline," Broderick said. "So you kind of have to hype yourself up more than usual to get yourself going."

There are a few ways the virtual meet can be done. The visiting team sends their times to the host, and in this instance, Oneonta sent times after each event.

Coach Frayer said the visiting team's times go through a timing system.

"Some people do where you run your whole meet yourself and then you compare," Frayer said. "Some people do event by event like we run the medley relay, I'm the host so she would text me and sent me her times. We would put it in after each event."

For virtual meets, Broderick will have his teammates in lanes next to him, while the opposing team does the same in its own pool.

Broderick says he's treating this meet as any other.

"It's really about going out and racing and beating your own times, Broderick said. "And racing the kids next door to you."

Without having the visiting team competing right next to them, Broderick and Frayer said the team continues to bring the same energy.

"The energy that everyone brings to the team is wonderful," Broderick said. "Swimming for most of us is our main sport and we all have a passion for it."

"They're such a great group of kids that they all feed off of each other and motivate each other," Frayer said. "They all have something to push them in practice and in meets."

Chenango Valley defeated Oneonta, 106-66.

Robyn Hearn

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