Thirty-seven members of the Grand Forks Piranhas Swim Club competed in Colville, Wash. on July 6 and 7. The outdoor meet is know to many as the most enjoyable of the year.
The Piranhas achieved a total of 79 best times over the weekend.
Caitlyn Black improved her 100-metre IM(individual medley) time by 1.25 seconds.
Dayton Bryan swam a best time in his 50-metre butterfly, achieving a time of 40.83.
Ethan Argue swam incredibly well in his 100-metre freestyle, bettering his time by 10 seconds. Sierra Campbell also did well in her 100-m freestyle, improving her time by 6.47 seconds.
Leena Corbeil shaved off 1.77 seconds in her 200-metre IM for a time of 3:03.17.
Shian Corbeil achieved best times in her 100-metre IM and 50-metre butterfly races. She broke the meet record in both events.
Kiyomi Dunnet impressed her coaches when she took off 1.25 seconds in her 50-metre freestyle.
Kohei Dunnet correctly executed the 50-metre breaststroke and took off 17 seconds.
Sydney Gunther took off 2.63 seconds in her 50-metre breaststroke, achieving her goal of breaking 50 seconds.
Owen Heric shaved 2.25 seconds off his previous 100-metre freestyle time. Sarah Heric also got a best time, 1:11.25, in her 100-metre freestyle.
Isaac Holitzki took off 2.17 seconds in the 100-metre IM.
Jasmine Konken swam an impressive 50-metre backstroke race, taking off 7.54 seconds.
Ashlyn LeRoy dropped an astonishing 15.88 seconds off her previous time in the 50-metre butterfly.
Aysia Morgan took off six seconds in her 50-metre backstroke.
Raelyn Morgan won the 100-metre IM with a best time of 1:32.52. Jailyn Needoba and Sam Podmoroff also achieved a best times in their 100 IM races.
Grace Soukoreff took a second off in her 50-metre freestyle for a time of 46.17.
Eve Van Agteren dropped 9.21 seconds in her 50-metre backstroke. Thea Van Agteren took off a whopping 27 seconds in her 50-metre breaststroke.
Dierdre Wark achieved a best time of 1:28.36 in her 50-metre butterfly.
Robbie Wark shaved 1.63 seconds off his best time in the 50-metre freestyle.
Novices Dante Grootjes, Michael Konken, and Benjamin Podmoroff enjoyed the 25-metre events. Ryli Banman, Madalynn Barnfield, Alexandra Larson, Emma Lewis swam their first novice relay together.
Jaime Cheverie impressed the coaches with her positive attitude and dedication to improving her breaststroke technique.
Jayden LeRoy braved the 200-metre IM and 100-metre backstroke events for the first time.
Chloe Skerritt made the Piranhas proud in the “Guts n’ Glory” event at the end of the meet. Each club nominated a swimmer to compete in the annual 400-metre IM. She completed the race in seven minutes and 12 seconds.
Eleven Piranhas took home aggregate medals: Aysia Morgan, Kohei Dunnet, Shian Corbeil, Raelyn Morgan, Kiyomi Dunnet, Ethan Argue, Leena Corbeil, Sarah Heric, Nicole Nuyten, Ross Merry and Robyn Van Ek.
The Piranhas Swim Club placed third overall for the first time. The team had a lot of fun in the park, engaging in water fights, playing card games, and camping overnight, while still maintaining a competitive edge.
– Submitted by Robyn Van Ek