The Belfast Area High  School girls swimmers dove into the pool on Monday, Jan. 4 in the first official Maine Principals' Association-allowable team-oriented practices.

Donning face coverings (when not in the water) and implementing social distancing when possible, the Lion student-athletes continued to work on their strokes, turns and dives in preparation for competition, which will be virtual.

Watch video and see nearly 30 photos below.

The pandemic has, of course, changed everything for everyone, including school-sponsored sports.

While Belfast sponsored golf, soccer, field hockey, cross country and 7-on-7 flag football in the fall, albeit in mostly shortened and altered seasons, it was uncertain, a one point, if most winter sports would be allowed due to their indoor nature and necessity for participants to wear face masks and limit the number of people in a space.

But, like all of the state's high school hoop athletes, the Lion pool athletes hope to compete in a handful of virtual meets in January and February, if COVID-19 and state county distinctions allow.

Due to the pandemic and continued spikes of positive COVID-19 cases around the state, safety protocols continue everywhere, in schools, pools, ski slopes and gymnasiums.

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