Greensboro - Twenty three teams converged at the Greensboro Aquatic Center Friday for day two of competition--the first full day of the meet--to compete against one another in the 55th Greensboro Swim Meet.
The 23 teams competing in the meet include Adams Farm, Battle Forest, Bur Mil, Cardinal CC, Forest Oaks CC, Friendly, Grandover, Green Valley, Greensboro CC, Greensboro Elks, Hamilton Lakes, Henson Forest, High Point Elks, Lake Jeanette, Lawndale, Oak Ridge Swim Club, Pinetop, Ridgewood, Sedgefield CC, Sherwood Swim and Rac, Southeast, Starmount Forest CC and YMCA.
News 2 spoke with YMCA Bears swim coach Johnny Tsui Friday, and he affirmed this meet is the largest summer swim meet in Greensboro and much more active than typical swim meets, which feature only two teams. He said his team, comprised of about 40 swimmers, is one of the smaller teams in the meet.
YMCA Bears swimmer Omega Pinnix, who is competing in several events in the 9- and 10-year-old age division, told News 2 that the team that could be the biggest competition is Lake Jeanette. Her teammate Leslie Laureano said the teams all are excited to participate in the meet, in which they will be able to compete against friends both on their own team and opposing teams.
Pinnix's mother said the meet has operated much more smoothly since it first was moved inside to the Greensboro Aquatic Center last year. She said participants no longer have to deal with rain and heat, and the environment is more enjoyable for spectators.
Community Swim Association (CSA) president Wes Watson, who also used to participate in the meet, said the longstanding Greensboro Swim Meet beholds a legacy within the community and brings thousands of people together for healthy competition. He said the meet also helps CSA promote its primary goal--to teach children how to swim and have fun while doing so.
A CSA official told News 2 the more than 500-person volunteer presence at the meet is extremely beneficial and important to the success of the event.
As of the end of the Good Morning Show Friday, traffic had not posed problems in or around the Greensboro Coliseum and Greensboro Aquatic Center. Volunteers were directing traffic smoothly into the lots around the facility. Parking is $5, but admission into the public event is free.
The meet, which is a preliminary final, is set to conclude around 8 p.m. Saturday.