The familiar sound of swimmers crashing into the water rang through many local neighborhoods Wednesday night.
The Jefferson Swim League is back again.
The 47th season kicked off for 17 area teams, including the Hollymead Hammerheads, who hosted the 22-time defending champion Fairview Sea Horses.
Almost 3,000 swimmers aged 5-18 will hit the water this summer and for many it's one of their favorite times of the year.
"It's so much more fun in the summer," said Fairview's Corie Morton, a rising senior at Albemarle High School. "You have more time and hanging out with your teammates is a big part of it."
Hollymead's Jared List, a fellow rising senior at William Monroe, agrees.
"I mean it feels really good. I'm already starting to feel more confident because I'm getting more exercise. I mean it's just a great thing to be a part of and supporting my team; that's just what I live for."
The two also get an added enjoyment outside of competing: helping mentor and working with the younger swimmers.
"It's so much fun watching all the little kids come back here and just work on improving," Morton said. "I can see myself in them. It's really fun to see them day-to-day and help them improve."
"When kids are down I try to talk to them and get them back up. It's really fun paying it forward," List added.