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YMCA Piranhas compete in district championship
Members of the Rockdale Swim League get ready to hit the water at a recent swim meet. The Covington Y Piranhas are a part of the Rockdale Swim League. - photo by Courtesy of Rockdale Swim League Facebook

With summer comes plenty of time for swimming, whether it’s to cool down or for sport. Those in Newton County who swim competitively are making waves all through the summer months as the season gets underway, including one of Covington’s very own swim teams.

Members of the Covington YMCA Piranhas swim team spent this past week in Morgan County to participate in the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) District 6 Championship swim meets.

The Piranhas, who just recently completed the county meet as a part of the Rockdale Swim League, competed Tuesday and Thursday at the Morgan County Aquatic Center. On Tuesday, the 10-year-old and younger swimmers competed in 10 events and relays, including the 50 freestyle, 100 medley relay and the 100 freestyle relay. The 11-year-old and older swimmers competed on Thursday afternoon in the 100 freestyle, 200 medley relay, 50 backstroke and more.

In the county meet, Piranhas won 304-280 against Meadowbrook in the boys division, as Emery Langston, Payton Morrison and Sean Jackson each won three individual events to secure High Point Awards. Langston won the 25-freestyle (18.03), 25-butterfly (22.50) and the 25-backstroke (25.12). In 11-12 boys events, 11-year-old Morrison (11) won the 50-freestyle (27.77), 100-individual medley (1:11.27) and 50-backstroke in 36.70, while 16-year-old Jackson won the 50-breaststroke in 30.07, 100-individual medley in 1:00.85 and the 100-freestyle (55.52).

Also coming away with a High Point win for Covington was Emery’s sister, 6-year-old Maya Langston, who earned titles in the 50 freestyle (1:10.46), 25 freestyle (36.37) and 25 backstroke (37.89).

The Piranhas are coached by Joey Ellwanger of Berry College.