From the Henrico Citizen:
It’s 6:45 a.m., and there is still a chill outside as the sun rises sluggishly. Inside the NOVA of Virginia Aquatics center on Gayton Road in western Henrico, four teen girls and their teammates pull themselves out of the pool and head to the bathrooms to change before catching their rides home, where they will get ready for the school day.
These four practice diligently, with the older ones spending about 16 hours in the pool each week and lifting weights three more times.
That practice has paid off in a big way: Zoe Dixon, Josephine Fuller and Megan Pulley – all of Henrico – and Grace Sheble of Chesterfield each qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for swimming, which will be held June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Dixon and Fuller qualified at a meet last weekend, while Pulley and Sheble qualified in January.)