VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.- Tara LaRusso had tried different sports growing up from soccer to basketball, but at age 7, everything seemed to click with swimming. "I never wanted to go to practice (soccer, basketball), but I actually looked foward to swim", she says. It's paid off for the Cox Falcons senior. She returns as a senior to a squad that's young and in need of leadership. LaRusso returns as a state finalist from a year ago.

She's also on an area club team, TIDE Swimming, and has nothing but glowing reviews from her head coach, Jack Roach. "She has a youthful spirit to the sport", he says. LaRusso will spend her college years swimming at the University of Pennsylvania.