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June 8, 2014

Race to the finish

Valdosta finishes second to Tifton in Piranha Swim Meet

VALDOSTA — Nearly 300 swimmers from around South Georgia met at the YMCA on Saturday for what has become a yearly tradition, the Piranha Swim Meet.

More than 10 teams competed in the latest edition of the swim meet including the Valdosta Piranhas and the 45 children on the team — the largest number they've ever had for a tournament.

The annual Piranha Swim Meet provides participants the opportunity to compete against some of the best competition south Georgia has to offer. That's why the Valdosta Piranhas swim coach Jeff Corley was pleased with his team's performance.

Valdosta placed second to Tifton in what was essentially a two-team race for a majority of the day. Valdosta finished with 590.5 total points to Tifton's 653.

Moultrie placed third with 295.5 points.

"With our team here at the YMCA, we're in the process of building a club," said Corley. "To have this kind of turn out in a meet and to see what it takes, it's great for our kids and great for our parents to see such a total team effort.

"It's totally fantastic for us as a swim team and totally fantastic for the YMCA. I'm totally pleased with our efforts."

While the Piranha's placed 2nd as a team, there were many Valdosta area swimmers who placed individually as well.

Griffin Harris, Kaiden Wilson, and Madeleine Posse finished second in their respective divisions — 6U boys, 12U boys, and 14U girls.

Ally Bailey placed first in the 10U girls while Brandon Fineout edged fellow Valdosta native Wilson for first in 12U boys.

Addy Flint also brought home a first-place finish for the Piranhas, winning the 18U girls divison.

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