Sports briefs – May 20, 2017


Swim team accepting applications

The Blue Fins is a swim team that participates locally in the Southwest Virginia Summer League (SVSL). The team competes in five dual swim meets against other local SVSL teams, which are typically held on Thursday evenings. The season ends with a championship swim meet.

Practices are scheduled to begin on May 22, but the deadline to register isn’t until June 1.

To be eligible to join, participants must be over the age of 5 and be able to swim 25 yards continuously. Swimmers compete in the following age groups: ages 5-6; ages 7-8; ages 9-10; ages 11-12; ages 13-14; ages 15-19; ages 20-29; ages 30-39; ages 40-49; and 50 & older.

Summer league swimming is a great way to enter into the world of competitive swimming and stay fit over the summer. Because it is open to adults and children, summer league swimming is a fun, no-pressure family program.

To register, please visit the Aquatic Center. Registration is $40 for individual members/residents and $50 for individual non-members/non-residents. The family rate (for three or more family members) is $150 for members/residents and $180 for non-members/non-residents.

This does not include a $20 Southwest Virginia Summer League fee. Checks must be made separately and payable to SVSL.

For more information, contact the Christiansburg Aquatic Center at 381-7665.

Concord summer soccer camps

Concord University head women’s soccer coach Luke Duffy has announced dates for the program’s summer camps.

The women’s soccer team will hold a one-day ID elite camp for high school players on July 29 from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. The cost of the ID camp will be $70 that includes lunch and a t-shirt. The ID camp is designed to help players take their game to the next level by honing skills and developing an elevated level of tactical knowledge and technical ability in a competitive training environment beyond a recreational level.

CU will also a host a kids’ soccer day camp for both boys and girls from July 24-28. A Lil Lion’s Camp will be offered from 9 a.m. 11 a.m. for children ages 3-5. The cost of the Lil Lion’s Camp will be $50. A camp for older children, ages 6-15, will be available on a half day or full day basis. The half camp is $110 while the full day camp is $170. The half day camp will run from 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. while the full day will run three hours longer. For those wishing to attend the full day camp, please bring a packed lunch for the day.

For questions about any of the women’s soccer camps, contact Luke Duffy at 304-384-5343 or by email

Anderson retires after 21 seasons

Radford University’s men’s tennis head coachMike Andersonannounced his retirement Friday afternoon after leading the program for 21 seasons.
Since taking over in 1997, Anderson put together one of the most dominant programs in the history of the Big South Conference, leading the Highlanders to a 276-199 record and an 84-54 clip in Big South play. Under Anderson’s guidance, Radford put together 13 seasons with a winning record, including five 20-win seasons.
From 2006-2012, Anderson’s Highlanders were 127-36 overall and 41-3 in conference regular season matches, while winning six Big South regular season titles and making a school-record five NCAA Tournament appearances.
in addition to its postseason resume, which includes a 17-3 record in Big South Tournament matches from 2006-2012, Radford won 57 of its 60 home matches.