FORT MYER, Va. - Tradition plays an integral role on the Fort Myer Swim Team. From the star freestyle swimmer to the swarm of relay members, tradition stands proudly next to every FMST Squid participant.

And that tradition was again on display July 10 when the team held its final home meet of the year.

Six Squids, who are planning or already are attending college, were honored and praised during the traditional pool-side, senior send-off ceremonies at the Fort Myer Officers Club pool complex. Squid veterans Nate McLean, Stephen Olmstead, Maggie Burgos, Christina Bowman, Alexandra Vincent and Hanna Smith-Benjamin are completing their final seasons with the swim club, and the goodbyes were emotional and heartfelt.

"As always, it's sad to say goodbye to seniors - this group, however, were some of the longest team members we've had with some being on the team for 12 and 13 years," said Fort Myer Swim Team Coach Kristina Dorville. "We have loved seeing them grow up and wish them the best as they start the next chapter knowing they will be Squids for life."