Virginia teen weeks from graduation and scholarship drowns in tragic Memorial Day accident

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

A Virginia teen who appeared ticketed for collegiate athletic success was found dead after drowning while swimming with friends over Memorial Day weekend.

As reported by The Virginia Gazette and Eastern North Carolina CBS affiliate WNCT, 18-year-old Trevor Times disappeared while trying to swim to a sandbar some 75 yards from where he and his friends were in James City Virginia's College Creek on Monday afternoon. Onlookers reported that the Jamestown (Va.) High senior began to struggle and then eventually went under the tide, after which he was not seen again.

Jamestown golfer Trevor Times — Facebook
Jamestown golfer Trevor Times — Facebook

According to North Carolina Fox affiliate WAVY, Times' body was pulled from the creek on Tuesday morning.

WNCT claimed that College Creek is a popular swimming destination, but also brings significant risks because of constant strong rip tides and particularly deep water, a threat borne out by the sheer number of victims the creek has claimed; Times' presumed death will be at least the third fatality in the past 15 years at the location.

The senior's passing robs Times of what all assumed was a bright future. The teenager was scheduled to graduate within the next three weeks, and signed an athletic scholarship to play golf at East Carolina University.

That scholarship was won on the back of a particularly strong 2011 summer campaign for the North Carolina athlete. The Jamestown star reached the semifinals of the Virginia State Golf Association Junior Match Play championships and earned a spot at the U.S. Junior Amateur tournament before finishing in a tie for third place in the state's high school Group AA golf championships.

Now those accolades will stand as Times' lasting legacy after a tragic accident in all too familiar circumstances for popular water areas around the country.

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