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7-year-old victorious in her first swim meet

7-year-old Charlee McDaniel (Source: WALB) 7-year-old Charlee McDaniel (Source: WALB)
Rachel ortegon in the blue YMCA shirt (Source: WALB) Rachel ortegon in the blue YMCA shirt (Source: WALB)
The Albany Stingrays pool (Source: WALB) The Albany Stingrays pool (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

There were over 40 athletes competing in the Stingray invitational swim meet.

As the Albany area YMCA hosted teams from Bainbridge and Moultrie, Saturday morning was the first competition for many young swimmers. 

"This is really a beginner meet for them to just--no pun intended--get their feet wet," said meet organizer Rachel Ortegon. "They're real excited that they get the chance to compete against teams that are local."

It was the first swim meet for 7-year-old Charlee McDaniel, and she had lofty goals considering the circumstances. 

"I love when I dive here," Charlee said. "It's so fun and I love it when I go fast. And my mom wants me to beat everybody here."

That wasn't possible due to the tough slate of 69 events from 9 am to 1 in the afternoon, but being at her home pool gave her a slight edge.

"It's really exciting to be here. I love it when I swim here."

With advantage, comes pressure. And Charlee knew it better than anyone at the pool. In her swimming debut she knew she would have plenty of eyes on her.

"I'm kind of nervous when my mom is watching me, and there's a bunch of people."

But like any good athlete she tuned it all out, and in the 25 meter freestyle stroke after stroke Charlee was grew her lead.

The 7-year-old came out victorious in her first swim meet ever. But like the other kids she was just happy to participate.

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