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Covington Pirahnas off to its best start
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In only two meets, the Covington Y Piranhas swim team has already impressed coach Erin Gorman.

The Piranhas have handedly defeated its first opponent, the Brentwood Barracudas and their second, Westchester Lake on June 11 and June 14, respectively.

The Rockdale Swim League scores every event with five points for first place finishers, three points for second and one point for third, and Gorman said that the Y has scored at least point in almost every event throughout the first two meets.

This has led to two routs with three meets left before the county meet on June 30.

"This is our best year ever," Gorman said. "We have never done this well. We've always done well but this is definitely our best."

The Piranhas are improved due to some of their younger kids having more experience, along with the strength of their relay teams.

"Our relays have been doing amazing," Gorman said. "Our 9-10 girls' relays are powerhouses, and our 15-18 boys are very strong."

The Piranhas are also doing well in individual events with new swimmers stepping up in the season opening meet at Brentwood on June 11.

"One of the kids I was very impressed with was Gracie Greenich," Gorman said. "She's a first time swimmer, who competed in the freestyle and did very well."

Greenich, a 9-10-year old swimmer, won her heat in the 25-yard freestyle event on June 11.

On June 14 at Westchester Lakes Kaden Farley set a new personal best, far beyond his previous top time in the 25-yard freestyle.

"He had been on the team a couple of years but he swam in the 9-10 boys' 25-yard freestyle and swam it in 16.5 seconds," Gorman said. "It was three seconds faster than his fastest time. He's been working very hard at practice.

He's been refining his stroke and knocked three seconds off his time."

The Piranhas next meet is at Meadowbrook Monday, a pool very familiar to Gorman. She is currently a Meadowbrook resident, and it's where she swam for while competing in the Rockdale Swim League during the 1990s.

Now Gorman looks forward to returning with the Y to compete against her neighbors.

"It's great," Gorman said. "They're always very welcoming. I love seeing the people, I like seeing my neighbors, it's fun competition."