The Piranhas, Prestonwood Country Club’s competitive swim and dive teams, are off to a splash this year with over 300 swimmers on the roster. Founded in 1992, swim team participation has steadily grown annually.  Swimmers, who range in age from three to 18 years, practice twice a day Monday through Friday. Having gone undefeated from 2005 to 2011, the Piranhas have quite the reputation locally winning the Cary City Championship annually since 2004.

Who better to lead the team than Head Coach Joey DeRusso, who has been with the Piranhas for 17 years as a young competitor, junior coach and eventually rising to the role of head coach in 2011. DeRusso and four other assistant coaches strive to provide a fun and competitive environment by developing and mentoring their swimmers, as well as coordinating free swim clinics to help improve meet times.

There is no lull in activity during the ten week season. Beginning in June, eight weekly meets, with over 60 events for different age groups, are held against local competitors with the Cary City Championship serving as the season finale. Pre-meet team building activities are offered for Piranhas swimmers including outings to the movie theater, bowling alleys, and to Greensboro’s Wet & Wild swim park.

Additionally, every home meet offers the opportunity for swimmers to give back to their community through a featured charitable event. For instance, this year the team filled a 55 gallon bucket with canned food to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. The team also partnered with competitor Cary Park to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation by selling raffle tickets in hopes for the chance to “pie” their coaches. In addition to the lucky raffle winners, swimmer of the week also participated. The event raised nearly $400 dollars for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

A social, tennis or golf membership at Prestonwood is required for swim team access.