PICKENS COUNTY — Seven swimmers from the Pickens County YMCA Piranhas Swim Team competed in the 2016 Upper Southeast Regional YMCA Championship Meet in Spartanburg, representing the county in the pool in its final winter competition.
The Upper Southeast Region is comprised of teams from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee and is home to some very stiff competition. The meeting was held March 18 through March 20.
Head coach Larry MacMahan noted the hard work his squad has put in through this point in the year.
“I’m very proud of all the swimmers who qualified for and swam at regionals,” McMahan said. “It is a testament to an entire season’s worth of hard work just to qualify for the meet, but we also had some swimmers who did very well there.”
Swimmers must meet a qualifying time standard to compete in the Upper Southeast Regional YMCA Championship Meet, held at Middle Tyger YMCA in Spartanburg.
The Pickens County swimmers qualifying for and swimming at the Spartanburg meet included Avery Baker, 9; Tamara Boysworth, 12; Ivy Hyder, 9; Caroline Lucas, 11; Addie Sanders, 10; Davia Simmons, 10; and Mia Yousey, 10.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Simmons (backstroke), Yousey (breast stroke), Hyder (butterfly) and Sanders (freestyle) finished sixth in the region and took 4.22 seconds off their previous best time.
Ivy finished sixth in the 50-yard freestyle, and Simmons placed second in the 50-yard freestyle. Boysworth reduced her previous best time in the 400 individual medley by 13 seconds and placed 12th in the region.
With the winter season concluded, the Piranhas will take a short break and resume practice April 4. New swimmers are welcome at all times. Those interested should contact the Pickens County YMCA for details.
Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.