The Valdosta Daily Times
The annual Valdosta YMCA Piranha Invitational swim meet will be held today at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Family YMCA.
The event will feature around 220 swimmers comprised from eight teams from throughout South Georgia and North Florida, with ages ranging from 6-18 years old in 84 events.
The event is scheduled to bring at 9 a.m. and will last until around 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The Valdosta Piranhas are competing in their home pool and are the reigning champions of the swim meet.
This year, though, the Piranhas face a difficult task as nearly half of their team will miss the meet due to other obligations, according to head coach Jeff Corley.
“Our kids are going to do their best,” Corley said. “It will be tough, but they are going to be swimming in their home pool and you always swim better in your home pool.”
Among the teams that will be competing today are: Bainbridge, Douglas, Fitzgerald, Mariana (Fla.), Moultrie, Thomasville and Tifton.
Last year, the Piranhas won with a combined 587 points, finishing 213 points head of the Moultrie Sharks, who finished with 374 points. The Mariana Marlins finished third with 298 points and the Douglas Stingrays finished fourth with 268 points.
The Piranhas had a very strong showing, with 13 swimmers finishing in the top three of their respective age group, including three in the 13- and 14-year-old age group.
The YMCA Valdosta Piranhas swim year around, and always welcome new members. Anyone interested in joining the Piranhas call the YMCA at 229-244-4646.