A cross stands on the side of Lee Highway as a reminder of the accident, but friends of Trystan say that’s not the only way they want his memory to live on.
“Trystan was the nicest guy, he never talked bad about anyone,” said Eva Grumbine, Trystan’s friend and teammate.
“Always making you laugh and smile,” said Blair Grim, Trystan’s friend and teammate.
“Always say if something went wrong, it’d be alright,” said Ana Conrad, Trystan’s friend and teammate.
Friends Blair, Eva, and Ana remember the good times they had with their friend Trystan Lowdermilk.
“I just keep telling myself and reminding my friends that it’s not a goodbye, it’s just a see you later,” said Blair Grim, Trystan’s friend and teammate.
Trystan was a senior on the James River High School swim team, and his coaches say he was always good for a laugh.
“Because you don’t get to coach a kid like Trystan very often in your career and to get to work with somebody so disciplined, so passionate but yet so fun loving and caring, that doesn’t happen very much,” said Ashley Pratt, Trystan’s Swim Coach.
Students at the high school made this memorial for their classmate, signing the back of a white pickup truck like the one he drove and surrounding it with his favorite things.
“It’s going to be hard not seeing his white truck pull up and say hey coach Dani and that’s going to be hard,” said Dani Willis, Trystan’s Swim Coach.
The girls say even though they are mourning the loss of their dear friend, something good has come from this tragedy.
“It made our senior class closer together than ever. I’m talking to kids, I haven’t talked to in years. We’re so lucky to live in this community where we bond together during these hard times. It’s really such a blessing and we really are becoming closer for remembering Trystan and that’s what’s important,” said Eva Grumbine, Trystan’s friend and teammate.
They want to remember him as a loving, caring, person, to honor him they want to swim this season like he would, with passion.