Piranhas swim past Golden Valley

The Paola Piranhas held off the Golden Valley Dolphins in the final South Suburban Swim League meet of the regular season at Clinton on Saturday by a 253 - 212 count. The team victory gives the Piranhas a 2-3 mark on the season, as both teams prepare for the SSSL Finals this Saturday in Butler, Missouri.

DSC0436 The meet developed into an evenly matched event, as the Piranhas and Dolphins raced in the 50 meter pool at Clinton.

The Piranhas jumped on top in the opening Medley Relays, taking five of the ten events and opening a 25-10 lead. The two teams were more evenly matched in the final ten events of the day, the freestyle relays, as the Dolphins raced to a 25-20 advantage.

In the individual events, the Piranhas were again paced by their older swimmers, with Kaylee Farmer and Mollie Hart pacing the 13-14 year old girls, Patrick Kennedy and Trey Taylor leading the 13-14 year old boys, Jendra Teuscher, Rachel Schmidt and Lea Hauldren leading the 15 & over girls and Alex Weatherbie, Jared Auten and Gus Hart leading the 15 & over boys.

Teuscher pulled off the biggest surprise of the day, nipping Schmidt by .03 seconds in the 50 meter freestyle, as she and Schmidt swam the course in 33.25 and 33.28 seconds respectively. Teuscher went on to take two more first place ribbons, winning the 50 meter butterfly and the 50 meter breast stroke. Schmidt also brought home two first place ribbons, taking first in the 50 meter back stroke and 50 meter individual medley. Hauldren had a good day also, taking second place in the I.M. and breast stroke and bringing home a third place ribbon in the freestyle.

Weatherbie, Auten and Hart dominated the 15 and over boys division, finished first, second or third in all five of the individual events. Weatherbie took first in the freestyle, breast stroke and back stroke. Auten was first in the butterfly, and I.M. with a second in the freestyle. Hart was third in the freestyle and second in the butterfly and I.M.

Farmer took first place ribbons in the 13-14 year old girls, in the freestyle, butterfly and back stroke and Hart took first in the breast stroke and added a second in freestyle.

DSC0511 In the boys 13-14 age group, Kennedy and Taylor continued their domination of the age group, with Taylor taking first in the freestyle, and second in the butterfly and I.M. Kennedy took first place ribbons in breast stroke, backstroke and I.M.

In the younger age groups, the Piranhas are starting to show some promise, as was evidenced by Lindsay Rausch, Morgan Laudan and Whitney McDaniel in the 11-12 year old girls age group. Rausch took first in the freestyle, and added a second in the backstroke. Laudan took second in freestyle and added a second in the I.M. and McDaniel took third in freestyle and a first place in the breast stroke.

Other first place winners for the Piranhas included; Jordan Wellman picking up a first place in the boys 8 & under butterfly; Jake McDaniel won the boys 8 & under breast stroke; Tyler Fletcher picked up a first place in the boys 9-10 breast stroke; Aubrey Weatherbie won the girls 8 & Under backstroke; Delaney Taylor took first place in the girls 9-10 backstroke and Thomas Ryckert won the boys 11-12 year old backstroke.

The Piranhas will finish their season Saturday, July 25, 2009 in Butler as they compete with the other teams in the league in Finals.