BILOXI-- Meredith Geyer and Allie Hill led a late charge by the Germantown (Tenn.) Swim team to edge the Biloxi Elite Swim Team 2,564-2,387 in the sixth annual Splashin' the Coast swim meet at the Biloxi Nataorium onSunday.
Jamie Lee, meet director and Biloxi swim coach, said the meet was close between Germantown swimmers and Biloxi swimmers through the weekend's events with Germantown pulling away late.
"Germantown just out performed us today," Lee said. "They had a very good meet. They were ready for it. Their older swimmers preformed better than we did. Geyer is a very special, talented swimmer."
In addition to Geyer and Hill, Nathan Sprinkle finished first among the six-and-under boys. Brady McEarl was third in the division, just four points behind South Louisiana Swim Team's Ben Erwin.
Savanha Grimsley won the seven-and-eight year-old girls division for the Biloxi Elite Swim Team, with Blanka Prikasky finishing fourth. Mishko Prikasky was second in the 13-and-14-year-old boys division for Biloxi, behind Texas swimmer Peter Simmons.
The meet featured 524 swimmers from 21 swim teams from throughout the South. Third was Slidell, La., Hurricane Swim Club at 2,116.50 points. The Memphis Thunder Aquatic Swim Club finished fourth in a close four-team race with 2,090 points.
Over 20,000 points were awarded in 128 events over 12 gender and age events. The weekend featured a fast track with over 37 new event records being broken over the two-day event.
Simmons led a strong Aggie Swim Club out of College Station, Tex., to win the overall male swimmer award with 152 points. Simmons finished first in six of the eight events he competed in.
"It was a very good meet," Simmons said. "The swimming was very good."
Harrison Jones and Laine Johansen took first and second for the Aggies in the over-15 boys, but a limited roster relegated the Texas squad to finishing ninth.
"The format we use is very similar to the format used in the state meet," Lee said. "It gets the kids ready for that format. I was very pleased on how everybody came together to put on the meet - the volunteers, the officials, everybody needed to make the event work. We got a lot of compliments when we were done about how well the meet ran."