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North Myrtle Beach senior swimmer Alex Williams is prepared for the season. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

Alex Williams and his best friend Shawn Plotnikov made a deal.

Williams would give the swim team a try if Plotnikov picked up a lacrosse stick.

They honored their word.

“We actually found the love of both,” Williams said.

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North Myrtle Beach senior swimmer Shawn Plotnikov is prepared for the season. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

Now the two buddies are the lone senior boys on the Chiefs swimming team, a group they believe has the chance to compete at the 4A state championships this fall.

Their 200 freestyle relay team finished 10th in the state last year.

“We do have a good chance of getting on the podium,” Williams said.

A dedicated surfer, Williams already spent a lot of time in the water. But it was nothing like Plotnikov, who joined the swim team in the seventh grade.

Both guys like the 50m and 100m free, and they’ve enjoyed the experience of competing alongside each other.

“It’s the best thing to do,” Plotnikov said. “If you can get into a sport and it’s with your best friend, it makes the sport even more fun.”

Plotnikov has learned to appreciate the strategy of lacrosse. He plays defense while his best friend is a goalie. Williams, meanwhile, enjoys the laid-back nature of the swim meets.

“The locker room’s a great atmosphere,” Williams said. “Everyone gets along really well. It’s almost like a party, but without the bad stuff. It’s just fun.”

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236


I'm the editor of myhorrynews.com and the Carolina Forest Chronicle, a weekly newspaper in Horry County, South Carolina. I cover county government, the justice system and agriculture. Know of a story that needs to be covered? Call me at 843-488-7236.

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