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Covington Pihranas devour competition, 460-145
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COVINGTON - Summer is in full swing, and so is the Covington YMCA's Pihranas aquatics team.

Droves of enthusiastic parents came out to watch their young aquanauts show off their skills against the Rockdale Riptides in an 84-field meet held Monday at the Covington YMCA Natatorium.

The Pihranas took to the water in exquisite fashion, as they tuned their skills in preparation for the upcoming Rockdale Swimming League championship.

The program, just three years old, boasted an outstanding performance record last season, finishing second in the RSL championship.

Erin Gorman, aquatics program coordinator and head coach, is excited about the team she has coached from the inception of the program.

"I'm proud of the kids we have out here," she said. "They're a tough bunch and love to compete."

Compete is what they did Monday, devouring the competition by the score of 460-145 to remain undefeated. In fact, they have defeated the three largest teams in the league.

The Pihranas have gone from eight swimmers to 103 competitive water lords during the three-year span.

"We've done a real good job this season," said aquatics administrator Greg Ellwanger. "We've got a good shot at dethroning six-year league champion Deer Run (Subdivision of Rockdale), and that would be real nice."

The team is well represented on the state level, with top qualifiers such as Girls' 9-10 individual medley champion KeMaya Tucker and boys' 100 individual medley 15 and over Drew Ellwanger and Mathew Tibbetts.