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A Diving Mecca

March 31, 2004

Moultrie-- Eleven year old Ann Perry Blank doesn't shy away from setting lofty goals. "I'd like to make it to the Olympics," Blank said.

She came to the right place. The Moss Farms Aquatic Complex is truly one of a kind. It's equipped with eight fully functioning springboards, a ten meter tower and a state of the art dry land facility.

"When there's people that have never been here before their first impression when they show up is that they're pretty much blown away at what we have and how well we can put on a meet and be hosts," Moss Farms coach Ron Piemonte said.

And it's all thanks to the late Robert "Moose" Moss a farmer and founder of the Moss Farms Diving Tigers. "It didn't matter how long it took, he stuck with them. He was tough, but they loved him and he loved them," Moose's widow Janie said.

His toughness paid off. The Moss Farms Diving Tigers have produced numerous national champions. And the complex that he helped design, but unfortunately never lived to see, will host two national competitions this year.

"We're going to have East Nationals, Summer Nationals and three athletes in the Olympic trials," Rick Moss said.

And if divers like Ann Perry Blank have anything to say about it, this won't be the last time that happens.

Posted at 9:00pm by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com

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