TUPELO, Miss (WTVA) - Kids from around Mississippi jumped in the pool for the short course championship at the Tupelo Aquatic Center Saturday.
Nathan Kennedy was one of the 400 kids who competed. Kennedy said even though he came in 6th place, he was happy to do what he loves again.
“It feels really good because uh there was a few months I didn’t get to swim and I got so out of shape,” he said.
Meet referee Todd Patterson said the kids weren’t able to compete for months because of social distancing concerns. State leaders canceled swimming season around the country from March to August.
Patterson said city officials still had restrictions on swimming long after august.
"It’s fantastic to see all the kids back in the pool here in Mississippi. Getting them back to swimming,” he said.
Depending on how competitors placed, they received one of the medals.
Patterson said it’s difficult to social distance at a swim meet. In order to keep the kids safe, referees separated them inside the pool and only allowed four to swim at a time.
Patterson said swimmers and guests had to wear masks inside the building too.