DENTON, N.C. — Swimmers and parents from all over Davidson County met in Denton today for the annual county swim meet hosted by the Davidson County Aquatic Association.
Those participating dedicated this weekend’s event to Lauren Cecil, the 11-year-old Lexington girl who was electrocuted earlier this week.
“As soon as we were told what happened Tuesday night, everybody began to kind of rally around Brookside and show their support different ways,” said one event organizer, Leann Day.
Lauren’s team, the Brookside Barracuda’s, encouraged everyone to paint Lauren’s initials on their swim caps.
Some of the other eight teams made bracelets in her honor, too, and wore lavender bows, Lauren’s favorite color.
“Any time one team or a swimmer is hurting everybody else kind of steps up and wants to be supportive and wants to be helpful,” explained Day. “We wanted to make sure Brookside felt love and support from the rest of the community, that they felt like we were wrapping our arms around them and giving them everything they needed.”
Angel Smith added, “We did not take her name out if the event book. We are keeping her lane in the po open throughout the event to show when she would have swam.”
They also added a letter for Lauren’s family and teammates at the front of the program.
“Unfortunately this tragic accident has left us with a void in our swim team today,” said Brookside Head Coach Clay Vickers during the meet’s opening ceremonies dedicated to Lauren Cecil.
“Lauren always had a smile on her face she was full of life and loved her friends and family. She will be missed more than words can describe. We are all competitors today and we are here to compete at Lauren’s parents’ request,” she said.
“We are here for one purpose today and that is to honor our fallen swimmer,” Brookside Swim Club President Julie Rhodes told the crowd.