Piranhas fall to storms then Dolphins
In a swimming battle with a thunderstorm, Mother Nature will win every time. That was the case in the season opening meet between the Paola Piranhas and the Golden Valley Dolphins at the Paola Family Pool on Saturday, June 12, 2010, as the two teams got through about half of their events before a line of storms producing lightning and heavy rain forced the meet to be postponed.
When the two teams finally got together on Monday, June 21, the Piranhas not only had lost their battle with Mother Nature, but had lost the war, as the Dolphins took advantage of few Paola swimmers in the Individual Medley Events and the cancellation of the freestyle relay events to come away with a 202-198 victory.
Things were going swimmingly (pardon the pun) for the Piranhas prior to the rain storm, but without the final ten relay events, the Piranhas could not pull enough points to win the event.
Even with the team loss, the Piranhas showed they had some quality swimmers, sweeping the top three places in five events, and taking the top two places in six more events.
The Piranhas swept the top three places in the Girls 50 yard freestyle event with Whitney McDaniel (33.56) taking the first place ribbon, with Emily Muckelbauer (35.00) in second and Elizabeth Schroeder (36.21) in third. Also in the freestyle, the Girls 15 and over division was swept by the Piranhas with Rachel Schmidt (28.47) taking first, Jendra Teuscher (29.39) taking second and Kali Blanc (35.87) taking third. In the Girls 13-14 year old 50 yard Butterfly, McDaniel (41.22) added another first place ribbon, followed by Jessica Erickson (47.00) in second and Mason Diebold (52.41) in third. The 13 and 14 year old girls again swept the 50 yard Breast Stroke with McDaniel (42.03) finishing first, Erickson (45.40) in second and Diebold (54.65) in third. The 13-14 year old girls also swept the 50 yard backstroke event with Brittany Wellman (43.22) in first, Alex Avenaim (45.50) in second and Muckelbauer (45.97) in third.
Paola swept the top two places in events including the girls 8 and under 25 yard freestyle with Brayden Hanf (18.37) in first and Jenna Stover (23.73) in second; in the boys 11-12 year old 50 yard freestyle Nathan LaFrance (38.08) was first and Blaine Hanf (39.29) was second; in the boys 15 and over 50 yard freestyle, James Teuscher (29.32) took first and Jay Boan (30.17) was second; Faith Tracy (52.02) was first and Sydney Ball (1:21.42) was second in the girls 9-10 year old 50 yard backstroke; in the boys 11-12 year old 50 yard backstroke, Blaine Hanf (45.41) was first and Conrad Diebold (49.15) was second, and finally in the boys 15 and over 200 meter individual medley Patrick Kennedy (2:48.77) was first and James Teuscher (2:51.18) was second.
Several swimmers took first place in their events including Jordan Wellman (24.86) in the boys 8 and under 25 yard freestyle; Conrad Diebold (47.22) in the boys 11-12 year old 50 yard butterfly; Jendra Teuscher (33.72) in the girls 15 and over 50 yard butterfly; James Tuescher (31.03) in the boys 15 and over 50 yard butterfly; Patrick Kennedy (35.29) in the boys 15 and over breast stroke; Brayden Hanf (22.17) in the girls 8 and under 25 yard backstroke; Jake McDaniel (1:01.18) in the boys 9-10 year old 50 yard backstroke; Kai Beverlin (53:00) in the boys 13-14 50 yard backstroke; Patrick Kennedy (35.47) in the boys 15 and over 50 yard back stroke; and Rachel Schmidt (2:31.97) in the girls 15 and over 200 yard individual medley.
Other point scorers for the Piranhas were: Chloe Rausch (43.49 - third) in the girls 9-10 year old 50 yard freestyle; Jake McDaniel (51.71 - third) in the boys 9-10 50 yard freestyle; Lindsay Rausch (33.53 - second) and Delaney Taylor (38.18 - third) in the girls 11-12 year old 50 yard freestyle; Bradford DeYoung (35.70 - second) in the boys 13-14 year old 50 yard freestyle; Faith Tracy (55.50 - third) in the girls 9-10 year 50 yard butterfly; Delaney Taylor (45.56 - third) in the girls 11-12 year old 50 yard butterfly; Jenna Stover (35.13 - second) in the girls 8 and under 25 yard breast stroke; Sydney Ball (1:45.75 - second) in the girls 9-10 year old 50 yard breast stroke; Jake McDaniel (1:07.72 - third) in the boys 9-10 year old 50 yard breast stroke; Jendra Teuscher (39.27 - second) and Kali Blanc (44.72 - third) in the girls 15 and over breast stroke; Jenna Stover (29-09 - third) in the girls 8 and under 25 yard back stroke; Rachel Reynolds (42.09 - second) and Lindsay Rausch (44.53 - third) in the girls 11-12 year old 50 yard back stroke.
In the medley relays, the girls 8 and under, girls 13-14 year old, girls 15 and over and boys 15 and over teams all took first place with the girls 11-12 year old team finishing second.
Other swimmers, their events and times included:
Girls 8 and under 25 yard freestyle, Grace Shore (29.19), Erin Avenaim (30.47), Grace Walania (59.50) and Emma Johnson (59.66)
Boys 8 and under 25 yard freestyle, Darren Rojon (29.66) and Charlie Peters (38.13)
Girls 9-10 year old 50 yard freestyle, Chloe DeYoung (1:01.18), Sydney Ball (1:02.37) and Grace Peters (1:27.06)
Boys 9-10 year old 50 yard freestyle, Noah Oberg (55.13), Alex LaFrance (57.51), Nate Walania (1:10.84) and McKinley Warrick (1:20.12).
Girls 11-12 year old 50 yard freestyle, Megan Stover (38.91) and Rachel Reynolds (39.86).
Girls 13-14 year old 50 yard freestyle, Jessica Erickson (37.78), Brittany Wellman (37.19), Alex Avenaim (41.37) and Mason Diebold (41.43).
Boys 13-14 year old 50 yard freestyle, Kai Beverlin (43.37)
Girls 9-10 year old 50 yard butterfly Chloe Rausch (57.79)
Girls 11-12 year old 50 yard breast stroke, Megan Stover (58.00) and Rachel Reynolds (1:01.86).
Girls 13-14 year old 50 yard breast stroke, Brittany Wellman (55.50)
Girls 8 and under 25 yard backstroke, Grace Shore (39.88)
Girls 11-12 year old 50 yard backstroke, Megan Stover (45.66)