More than 180 swimmers from around East Texas flocked to the Palestine YMCA Saturday for the second annual meet held by the Palestine Piranhas.
This years meet opened the 2013 East Texas Summer Swim League season, with teams from Athens, Lufkin/Nacogdoches and Tyler attending.
“I am so proud of the Piranha parents. They objectively reviewed their efforts from last year, made appropriate changes, and successfully recruited the talents of parents new to the sport,” Piranhas coach Katherine Newton said. “With the support of the YMCA and the City of Palestine, the volunteers produced yet another terrific and colorful event that showcased all of the swimmers.”
10-year-olds Kacie Kimbrough and Chase Fields took the spotlight with first place in every individual event they entered.
They both swam 25-yard freestyle (14.38 and 15.20, respectively), 25-yard breaststroke (20.44 and 21.57, respectively), 25-yard butterfly (16.82 and 18.08, respectively), and 100-yard individual medley — 25 yards each of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
They joined brother-and-sister Braedan and Savanna Harris to win the 100 mixed 9-10 medley relay in 1:20.96.
New to the team this year, 7-year-old Braedan placed first overall in the 25-yard backstroke (23.66). Other Piranhas who garnered blue ribbons overall were 11-year-old Madison Crader in the 50-yard breaststroke (39.54) and 15-year-old Devon Edwards in the 50-yard freestyle (25.33) and 50-yard backstroke (31.52).
Edwards anchored the winning 200-yard mixed 15 & over freestyle relay, comprised of Eli West, Paige Hatfield and Jed Reed.
Other Piranha standouts were 10-year-old Grace An George and 13-year-old Summer Hagan.
George swam to a sixth-place finish in the 25-yard freestyle (17.42) and to a fifth-place finish in the 25-yard butterfly (22.19).
Hagan placed third in the 50-yard freestyle (28.49), second in the 50-yard backstroke (35.56), third in the 50-yard butterfly (33.06) and fourth in the 100-yard individual medley.
Crader also placed third in the 50-yard freestyle (32.63), third in the 50-yard backstroke (42.15) and second in the 50-yard butterfly (37.18). Edwards too raced to second in the 50-yard butterfly (28.62) and third in the 100-yard individual medley (1:09.33).
For more information regarding the Piranhas or questions concerning aquatic programming and more, visit the Palestine YMCA at 5500 Loop 25, call 903-729-3139 or go to www.palestineymca.org.