PIRANHAS ARE KNOWN to be ferocious swimmers, and members of the Carroll County YMCA Piranhas swim team are living up to that reputation.
Four members of the Piranhas have qualified to compete in the YMCA Short Course Nationals April 11-14 at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Pool in Fort Lauderale, Fla.
Brianne Coons, Leslie Edwards, Alyson Latham and Meredith Rathkamp will compete in the 200-yard medley relay. The team achieved its qualifying time of 1: 56.49 in early December at the Capital Classic Meet in Raleigh, N.C.
Meredith, a junior at South Carroll High School, will start off the relay with the backstroke leg. Leslie, a sophomore at Liberty High School, will swim the breaststroke. The butterfly will be third leg of the relay and will be swum by Brianne, a Westminster High School junior. The team will count on Alyson, a sophomore at Liberty, to close any gap in the final leg with her freestyle.
The team swims an average of 10 to 12 hours a week under the watchful and encouraging eye of coach Mike Kremer. Kremer is excited the girls were able to qualify for the nationals even though they practice less often than other swimmers.
"I want the kids to achieve, but also enjoy what they're doing," said Kremer. "The kids truly do this because they love the sport of swimming."
Good character development is also something Kremer sees as a benefit of the sport, and he gives high praise to the YMCA.
"The character development aspects of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, discipline and goal-setting are evident at the Y," he said.
The girls have a goal of swimming their best at the meet and then enjoying the beaches in the area and getting an early start on their summer tans.
"I think our chances will be good," said Leslie. "It will be exciting just being down there."
Easter egg hunt
Oakland United Methodist Church will hold a spring breakfast and Easter egg hunt April 15 at the church hall, 5971 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg.
Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost is $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 4 to 12. The Easter egg hunt will begin at 10: 30 a.m.
Reservations or more information: Terry Brown at 410-795-1421.
In the case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be held at 10: 30 a.m. April 22.
Registration for the 2000 Lady Lions Girls' Basketball Camp will begin April 15 and run through June 15. Registration forms are available in the Eldersburg library branch.
The camp will be held June 26-30 in the gym at Liberty High School. Camp for girls in grades 4 to 6 will be held from 8: 30 a.m. to noon; and from 1 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. for girls in grades 7 to 9. Cost is $60 for first camper ($55 for returning campers) and $35 for each additional family member ($30 if returning).
The camp will be directed by Mike Boehme, junior varsity girls coach at Liberty High. The program's primary goal will be to provide an entertaining and supportive atmosphere in which the fundamental skills of basketball can be taught.
Guest speaker will be Amy Mallon, a former professional basketball player.
Information: Mike Boehme at 410-549-1564.
Springfield Hospital Center will offer initial cardiopulmonary resuscitation training for community health care providers.
The next course will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 in the Nursing Education Department's CPR classroom in the Muncie building.
An American Heart Association course completion card will be issued for successful completion of the course.
For more information or to register, call 410-795-2100, ext. 3493.
Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.