PICKENS — The Pickens County YMCA Piranhas girls’ swim team won first place in the Carolina YMCA Swim League State Summer Championship at the Laurens County YMCA. In the overall, the Pickens County Y placed second.
“Words just cannot express how incredibly proud I am of all our swimmers,” said Larry McMahan, head coach of the Pickens County YMCA Piranhas Swim Team. “They have been swimming so hard throughout the summer season, at practice after practice. Swimming is not an easy sport. You spend many hours staring at a black line on the bottom of a pool, going back and forth. Yet all their hard work paid off in how wonderfully the team did at the state championship.”
The Carolina YMCA Swim League (CYSL) State Summer Championship was jointly hosted by the Greenwood County and Pickens County YMCAs July 15-16 at the Laurens County YMCA outdoor pool. McMahan praised the work of numerous volunteers from both YMCAs who helped make the meet possible.
The Pickens girls scored an overall 918 points to win their second straight title among the girls’ teams, followed by Newberry (526), Greenwood (520), Anderson (300) and Beaufort (276).
Some of the Pickens’ swimmers that won top three in their age group were:
• Heidi McKever 1st in 6 and under Girls
• Lily Hyder 2nd in 7-8 Girls
• Isaac Hanes 3rd in 7-8 Boys
• Ivy Hyder 1st in 9-10 Girls
• Avery Baker 2nd in 9-10 Girls
• Karlee Richardson 3rd in 9-10 Girls
• Mia Yousey 3rd in 11-12 Girls
• Tamara Boysworth tied for 1st in 13-14 Girls
• Eli Rodriguez 2nd in 13-14 Boys
• Anna Phillips 2nd in 15-18 Girls
• Rachel Rahn 1st in 19 and over Girls
McMahan was overwhelmed to sweep the top three spots in the 9-10 Girls age group.
“We had lots of our swimmers to miss the podium by one or two points,” he said. “We had lots of fourth and fifth places. It was a great meet with a lot of fast swims.”
The overall top three teams for the 2017 CYSL Summer Championship were 1) Greenwood with 1,427 points; 2) Pickens with 1,146 points; and 3) Newberry with 876 points.
Helping coach the Piranhas swim team are Rachel Rahn of Liberty, a student at Anderson University, and Anna Phillips of Easley, a student at Presbyterian College, and both also swam for the Piranhas at the state championship. Lindsey McKeever of Easley is helping coach as well.
The Pickens County YMCA Piranhas, which practice Monday-Friday in the afternoon, accept new swimmers all season long, no matter the level of their swimming ability. The swim team will be on break until Aug. 7, when the fall/winter season will begin. Interested swimmers may try a week for free.
For more information, call the YMCA at (864) 878-3436 or visit https://www.pcymca.net/swimteam.php.