Twenty Grand Forks Piranhas Swim Club members attended a Kimberley swim meet July 27 and 28. It was the last meet before the Kootenay Regional Championships, which took place Aug. 3 and 4.
Dierdre Wark bettered her 100-metre freestyle time by 9.42 seconds.
Robert Wark impressed his coaches with his new and improved stroke, taking off 25.27 seconds in his 50-metre butterfly.
Caitlyn Black took off 1.11 seconds in her 100-metre freestyle. Cassiane Larson shaved off 0.11 seconds in her 100-metre free.
Sarah Heric swam the 200-metre individual medley for the first time this season, and took off an impressive 7.73 seconds.
Bryce Findlater did well in his 100-metre individual medley, showing improvement in the butterfly and breaststroke.
Michael Konken bettered his 25-metre butterfly by 5.34 seconds. Alexandra Larson took off 1.97 seconds in her 25-metre freestyle.
Twelve aggregate medals were awarded to Piranha swimmers.
Jasmine Konken (Division 1) earned her first bronze medal.
Kohei Dunnet (Division 1) and Shian Corbeil (Division 2) collected gold medals.
Kiyomi Dunnet earned the Division 3 girls’ silver medal and Ethan Argue earned the Division 3 boys gold medal.
Leena Corbeil got the Division 4 girls’ silver medal, while Owen Heric got the Division 4 boys’ bronze medal.
Nicole Nuyten received the Division 6 girls’ silver medal.
Coaches Robyn Van Ek and Ross Merry received Division 7 gold medals.
David Hecht earned the Division 7 boys’ silver medal and Doug Van Ek earned the Division 8 mens’ silver medal.
The Piranhas earned 840 team points over that weekend. They placed fourth overall in the region.
The top three teams – Castlegar, Golden, and Kimberley – were represented by 40 or more swimmers, while the Piranhas were only represented by 20.
– Contributed by Robyn Van Ek