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2018-19 Meets/News

Piranha 200 Free Meet for 9-12 year olds, Darien YMCA, 10/24
The Piranha swim team held their first USA swim meet of the season, hosting the Italian Center Orcas and the Stamford Sharks for a 200 Freestyle Meet.  Although a 200 yard race may seem short, it is still a test of stamina and physical strength.  The meet was a great opportunity to get the kids racing an event they may not have many opportunities to swim during the year.  Couple that with the fact that many of the kids swam best times in their 100 split and some in their 50 split, and the split times for the 50 and 100 count as legitimate times so the kids kind of get three for the price of one.   The Piranhas in total had over 47 kids racing that evening and all 47 either swam faster than they ever have or swam the event for the first time.  Great job, GO PIRANHAS.  Thanks to all the Piranha officials who volunteered and 13/over swimmers who volunteered to time. 

Piranha 1000 Free Meet for 13/Overs, Darien YMCA, 10/24
First USA meet in the books!   You never know what the first meet of the season will bring, especially a home 1000 meet.  I always worry if kids will think it’s a practice and “forget” to race.  Well, I am happy to say that wasn’t case.  The kids did a really good job.  After processing the splits and taking a look at how many swam best times at the 500 on the way to the 1000, I am happy with the results although not too surprised.  We train for this!!  Results are posted.  Thanks to our awesome officials who worked all evening, some without swimmers at the meet!

OLYMPIAN

Dear Piranhas:

I couldn’t think of a better way to put a cap on week three than with a visit from three time Olympian Elizabeth Beisel!  Too bad we couldn’t something like this every three weeks.  LOL.  I seem to say this every time we bring someone in, but she was the best guest speaker we’ve had, and we’ve had some great ones over the years.  Not only was she down to earth and charismatic, she was gracious and showed humility. Virtues I wished all great athletes embodied.  I really hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did.

In so many way she is an ordinary person and ordinary people do extraordinary things every day!!  Her story about being sick before her first final at the Olympic trials in 2008, getting injured before the 2016 trials, playing the violin, playing pranks on people (well, Michael Phelps to be exact), resonated with me.  Being nervous, playing an instrument, injury, these are things that happen to regular people all the time.  I think the message that will stick with me the most is when she spoke about believing in yourself and if you don’t believe in yourself behind the blocks, no matter how you prepared, you will never swim up to your potential.   This statement is true for everyone in every walk of life if you just replace “behind the blocks” and “swim.”

Be sure to check the Piranha Facebook and Instagram pages for pictures and videos from Saturday.  Also don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.   I will be posting videos there as well.

Ordinary people do extraordinary things every day!

Henk

2017-18 Meets/News: 

WHAT Trials/Finals Meet, July 21-22

17 Piranhas swimmers competed at the WHAT-hosted summer showcase swim meet at Wesleyan University. The Piranhas delivered some incredible swims, with over 60 lifetime best swims and over 45 top 10 places!
Top finishes and improvements are as follows: Brenna Agarabi placed 15th in the 100 Breast, -3.71 and had six best times. Neil Chaudhari had two best times and placed 11th in the 50 Breast, -.59. John Frankowski placed 8th in the 100 Breast, -2.46, 6th in the 100 Free and 3rd in the 200 IM, -2.59. Roman Gagliardi placed 5th in the 100 Breast, -3.75, and 10th in the 50 Back, -1.31. Hannah Gould had a best time in 100 Free, -1.37. Maryan Guzman had five best times and placed 7th in the 100 Fly, -.91, and 10th in the 50 Free, -.04. Sophia Karidas placed 8th in the 200 Back, -5.67. Caitlin Kelly had two best times with a great 5.96 drop in the 50 Fly. Alex Khilko had an amazing meet with nine best times and he placed 1st in the 100 Breast, 5th in the 200 IM, 7th in the 50 Free and 4th in the 100 Fly! Nolan Lovegrove had six best times and placed 15th in 200 Back, -6.07. Andrew Rodriguez had three best times and placed 10th in the 100 Free and 9th in the 200 Back, -26.93. Denisse Salazar made finals for the first time and placed 12th in the 100 Fly, -4.59. Maks Shemiako had four best times and placed 5th in the 100 Back, 5th in the 50 Free and 6th in the 50 Fly, -4.58. Oskar Sulkowski had four best times and placed 1st in three events:  50 Free, -.92, 200 Free, -2.29, and 100 Back, -.64! Mateusz Zalewski made finals for the first time and placed 5th in the 100 Breast, -4.08, and 6th in the 50 Breast, -1.93. Brianna Zhang had eight best times and placed 4th in the 200 IM, -5.76, 3rd in the 200 Breast, 6th in the 100 Fly, -6.18, and 6th in the 50 Breast, -.86.
A heartfelt thank you to the timers and officials.

CT Age Group Championships, 7/28-7/30
A small but dedicated group of Piranhas finished out the season this past weekend at CT Age Group Championships.  Congratulations to all the Piranhas who swam, gave a great effort and represented the Piranhas with pride.   Highlights of the weekend included Brianna Zhang dropping six seconds in the 200 Breaststroke and qualifying for her first final at an Age Group Championship meet, Max Scalise placing 6th in finals of the 50 Freestyle, breaking 27 for the first time, Selen Yasanliel finishing in 9th place in the 100 Breaststroke and Alex Khilko’s twelve second drop in the 400 IM.  Thanks to all the Piranha parents who worked together to fulfill our volunteer assignments.  Keep an eye out for official results to be posted on the meet schedule page.

Summer Intrasquad Meet:  Blue wins big over Yellow, 156-129
43 Piranha swimmers competed at the Summer Blue vs. Yellow Intra-squad Meet, each swimming in three individual events. It was a fun meet with some great races!  When the water settled the Blue team won in convincing fashion by a score of 156-129.
Top three finishes are as follows:  Felix Absolonne placed 3rd in 50 Back and 2nd in 50 Fly.  Michael Frankowski placed 3rd in 50 Fly, 2nd in 50 Free and 1st in 50 Breast.  Roman Gagliardi placed 3rd in 50 Breast.  Maryan Guzman placed 1st in all three of her events:  50 Fly, 50 Free and 50 Back!  Heili Jalakas placed 2nd in 25 Back, and 1st in 25 Free.  Liisa Jalakas placed 3rd in both the 50 Back & 50 Free, and placed 2nd in 50 Breast.  Caitlin Kelly placed 3rd in 50 Back.  Daphne Konstantinis placed 1st in 50 Breast.  Nicolas Kopczewski placed 2nd in 50 Breast, and 1st in both the 50 Back & 50 Free.  Oliver Martin placed 3rd in 25 Breast, 2nd in 25 Back and 2nd in 25 Free.  Ella Michaelis placed 3rd in 50 Breast.  Brendan McCarthy placed 3rd in 50 Fly.  Ariana Milewski placed 2nd in all three of her events:  50 Free, 50 Fly and 50 Back.  Caroline Morrison placed 3rd in 25 Free.  Denis Proskuryakov placed 3rd in 50 Free, 2nd in 50 Back and 1st in 50 Fly.  Elizabeth Parent placed 2nd in all three of her events:  50 Back, 50 Free and 50 Fly.  Harvey Pena placed 2nd in 50 Fly.  Denisse Salazar placed 1st in 50 Back.  Elle Schaller placed 3rd in 50 Free, 2nd in 50 Breast and 1st in 50 Fly.  Yashika Sharma placed 3rd in both 50 Fly and 50 Breast.  Jasmine Su placed 2nd in 25 Breast, 2nd in 25 Free and 1st in 25 Back.  Oskar Sulkowski placed 1st in all three of his events:  50 Back, 50 Free and 50 Breast.  Jaden Sutter placed 3rd in both 25 Breast and 25 Back.  Lucy Ward placed 3rd in 50 Fly.  Jashan Wu placed 3rd in both the 25 Back & 25 Free, and placed 2nd in 25 Breast.  Brother and sister combination Tolga and Selen Yasanliel won all three of their individual events: Tolga in 25 Back, 25 Breast and 25 Free, and Selen in 50 Back, 50 Breast and 50 Free.  Congratulations to all.

WRAT SCY 9/Under Meet, 6/7
Twelve 9/Under Maia and Nautilus swimmers competed at the Westport Y Water Rat 9 & Under Meet.  A very fun meet, and swimmers raced against some of the best local competition.
Results:  Mischa Gagliardi placed 5th in 25 Breast and had a best time in 25 Back, -.92. Roman Gagliardi placed 7th in 100 IM. Maria Gardner had a best time in the 50 Free, -1.73. Heili Jalakas placed 3rd in 25 Back, -.32, and 8th in 100 IM.   Leanna Li placed 5th in 50 Fly. Scott Luecke placed 5th in 100 IM and 3rd in 50 Fly, -3.63.   Jasmine Su placed 4th in 25 Free, 2nd in 25 Breast and 2nd in 25 Fly. Jashan Wu placed 6th in 25 Back and 3rd in 25 Breast. Tolga Yasanliel placed 7th in 25 Free and 4th in 25 Back.  Zofia Zalewski placed 7th in 25 Back and 3rd in 25 Breast, -.59.
Congratulations to all of the swimmers who competed!

Chelsea Piers Meet @ Chelsea Piers, Stamford, 6/15-6/16
52 Piranha swimmers competed at the CPAC Age-Group Qualifier Meet. On Friday night Junior 1 and Senior swimmers competed in the 400 Free.  Overall, this was a great meet, with swimmers competing against some of the best in Fairfield County.
Top finishes and improvements are as follows:  Felix Absolonne placed 7th in 100 Breast, -13.06, 7th in 50 Free, -2.78, and 8th in 100 Fly.  Brenna Agarabi had a big 9.39 drop in 50 Back.  Neil Chaudhari had a huge 31.55 improvement in 100 Breast.  Christian Davidson had a personal best in 50 Free, -3.87.  John Frankowski placed 7th in 50 Free, -.58, and 5th in 100 Back.  Michael Frankowski placed 5th in 50 Free, -3.60.  Maria Gardner had a best time in 50 Free, -3.54.  Tim Gould placed 5th in 100 Back, and 3rd in 50 Free, -.12.  Maryan Guzman placed 5th 100 Fly and 3rd 50 Free, -.12.  Liisa Jalakas had a personal best in the 100 Breast, -4.81.  Sophia Karidas had a nice 15.73 drop in 200 Free.  Caitlin Kelly had a best time in 50 Free, -9.52.  Ethan Keyes placed 7th in 100 Back, -.81.  Alex Khilko placed 8th in 200 Breast.  Nicolas Kopczewski placed 6th in 50 Back, -1.22.  Emerson Langeveld had a great 7.42 drop in 50 Free.  Kendall Luecke had a great 9.16 drop in 400 Free.  Isabelle McCulloch had a personal best in 50 Free, -3.76.  Ariana Milewski placed 5th in 50 Free.  Will Moles had a great 100 Breast, -27.95.  Rian Moran placed 16th in 100 Breast.  Sophia Palacio had a best time in 100 Breast, -2.71.  Denis Proskuryakov placed 3rd in 50 Free, -.20, and 3rd in 100 Fly.  Carolina Raz-Guzman had a big 9.57 drop in 100 Breast.  Sebastian Raz-Guzman placed 12th in 200 Breast.  Andrew Rodriguez had a best time in 200 Free, -9.24.  Max Scalise placed 8th in 100 Back, -2.77, 5th in 50 Free, -.09, and 4th in 200 Free.  Elle Schaller placed 11th in 50 Back, -1.53.  Maks Shemiako placed 14th in 100 Breast, -14.05.  Gracie Spataro placed 8th in 400 Free, -9.32, 8th in 200 Free, -6.91, and 3rd in 200 Fly.  Oskar Sulkowski placed 4th in 50 Free, 2nd in 50 Back and 2nd in 100 Fly.  Salma Thomas placed 11th in 100 Fly, 13th in 100 Breast, -.40, and 17th in 50 Back, -6.79.  Keriana Velazquez had a best time in 100 Breast, -5.34.  Selen Yasanliel placed 2nd in 100 Breast and 8th in 200 Free.  Khrystos Yika-Nacarino placed 5th in 200 Breast.  Mateusz Zalewski had a best time in 100 Breast, -1.67.  Brianna Zhang placed 8th in 100 Breast and 10th in 100 Fly, -13.38.  Chris Zhang placed 10th in 200 Fly and 6th in 400 IM.  Helen Zhou placed 12th in 50 Back.
Congratulations to all the Piranhas who competed.

Zeus SCY 9/Under Meet @ Norwalk High School, 6/1
On Friday, June 1st, eight 9 & under Piranha swimmers competed at the 11th Annual Mayor’s Cup Swim Meet at Norwalk High School, hosted by Zeus Swim Team.  The meet was very fun and the kids showed great enthusiasm and support, cheering for each other during the races!
Mischa Gagliardi was 1st place heat winner in 25 Back. Roman Gagliardi placed 4th in 50 Breast, 10th in 50 Fly, and had a nice 4.41 drop in 50 Free. Maria Gardner placed 10th in 50 Breast and had a best time in 50 Free, -6.85.  Leanna Li placed 11th in 50 Back, and had a nice personal best in 50 Breast, -5.48. Jasmine Su placed 4th in 25 Breast, 5th in 25 Back and 2nd in 25 Fly. Lucia Vivanco placed 7th in 100 IM and 4th in 50 Back. Tolga Yasanliel placed 6th in 25 Fly, and 5th in 25 Back. Zofia Zalewski placed 5th in 25 Fly and 4th in 25 Free, -1.08.  Great effort from the Maia and Nautilus swimmers!

YMCA State Meet @ Brookfield, 6/1-6/3
46 Piranha swimmers competed in the 2018 LC Y States Championship Meet.  The Piranhas raced hard with many best times and the team placed 3rd overall!
Top finishes and improvements are as follows:  Brenna Agarabi had a best time in 50 Free, -2.97.   Sophie du Pont placed 8th in 100 Free.  John Frankowski placed 4th in 200 Fly, 7th in 100 Back and 6th in 100 Free.  Maryan Guzman had four best times and placed 2nd in 200 Free, 2nd in 50 Fly, 2nd in 100 Fly, 2nd in 200 IM, 1st in 50 Free and 1st in 100 Free!  Sasha Intile had a great 6.92 drop in 50 Fly.  Heili Jalakas placed 8th in 50 Fly.  Sophia Karidas had four best times, placing 6th in 200 Breast and 8th in 200 IM, -4.36.  Emily Kalvaitis had a nice 2.95 drop in 100 Fly.  Caitlin Kelly had two best times with a huge 26.43 drop in 50 Breast.  Alex Khilko had four best times and placed 2nd in 200 Breast, -1.92.  Daphne Konstantinis placed 9th in 50 Breast, -2.69.  Nicolas Kopczewski placed 7th in 100 Back, -3.80.  Connor Lane placed 5th in 100 Breast.  Nolan Lovegrove placed 6th in 200 Back.  Erin Luecke placed 3rd in 200 Breast.  Isabelle McCulloch had a great 12.05 drop in 50 Back.  Ariana Milewski had four best times and placed 6th in 100 Free and 5th in 50 Back, -2.96.  Hope Murray had three best times and placed 16th in 100 Free, -1.56.  Harvey Pena placed 6th in 100 Back and 5th in 50 Fly, -3.15.  Bryant Quispe had four best times and placed 10th in 50 Free.  Carolina Raz-Guzman placed 6th in 100 Breast.  Andrew Rodriguez placed 5th in 50 Free, -.13.  Denisse Salazar had four best times including a great 13.83 drop in 200 Free.  Pragun Sharma had two best times and placed 8th in 200 Back, -4.55.  Yashika Sharma had a nice 8.78 drop in 100 Breast.  Maks Shemiako had four best times and placed 5th in 200 Free, 5th in 50 Breast and 4th in 100 Free, -5.50.  Gracie Spataro had three best times and placed 5th in 100 Fly, -2.40, 2nd in 400 IM, -7.72, and 2nd in 200 Breast.  Halle Spataro finished 7th in 400 IM, -11.29.  Oskar Sulkowski had two best times and placed 1st in 200 Free, 3rd in 50 Free, 2nd in 100 Back and 2nd in 100 Free!  Salma Thomas had three best times and placed 5th in 50 Breast, -1.22, 7th in 200 IM, -2.62, and 2nd in 100 Breast, -.66.  Keriana Velazquez had a personal best in 100 Free, -1.79.  Victoria Wloszek had a great first time 50 meter meet.  Selen Yasanliel had two best times and placed 1st in 50 Breast, -.83 and 2nd in 50 Back, -6.49.  Tolga Yasanliel placed 5th in 100 Free, 3rd in 50 Back and 2nd in 50 Breast. Khrystos Yika-Nacarino placed 4th in 200 Breast, -3.54.  Mateusz Zalewski had a best time in 50 Breast, -2.71.   Brianna Zhang placed 6th in 200 IM and 1st in 50 Breast, -.23.  Helen Zhou had four best times and placed 5th in 50 Free, -1.47, 5th in 100 Free, -6.09, and 8th in 200 IM, -22.81.  A special congratulation goes out to Chris Zhang who won the Senior Boys High Point for scoring the most points in his age group!! Chris had a nice 4.66 drop in 200 Free, placing 4th, and he placed 2nd in 200 Breast, 1st in 100 Breast and 1st in 200 IM!!
Congratulations to all the Piranha swimmers who competed.  Thank you to the parents who helped with timing and officiating.

GRYM May Invite, May 18-20
54 Piranhas competed in the GRYM May Invite Swim Meet. This was the first 50-meter meet of the Long Course season, hosted by the Greenwich Marlins.  Friday night’s distance session featured the 400 IM, 400 Free or 1500 Free.  Saturday and Sunday sessions offered 50 to 200 meter events.
Top places and improvements are as follows:  Brenna Agarabi had two best times with a nice 7.15 drop in 100 Free.  Grace Berry had four best times with a great 15.66 drop in 400 Free.  Anna Carey had five best times with a 8.79 drop in 200 Free.  Neil Chaudhari had two best times with a 5.68 drop in 50 Fly.  Harry FitzPatrick had two best times with a big 15.39 drop in 200 Free.  John Frankowski had six best times with a big 27.60 drop in 200 Back.  Michael Frankowski had three best times and finished 8th 100 Back, -1.94, and 7th in 50 Breast, -2.80.  Paula Frankowski had four best times with a nice 4.03 drop in 200 IM.  Lila Gianukakis had two best times with a big 15.55 drop in 50 Back.  Nick Giotis had four best times including a 4.18 drop in 200 IM.  Hannah Gould has been working hard at practice, resulting in two best times, including a nice 12.94 drop in 100 Free.  Maryan Guzman placed 6th in 50 Fly, -.46 and placed 8th in 100 Free, -3.19.  Sasha Intile had a best time in 50 Back, -3.31.  Newer Piranha Liisa Jalakas had some great 1st places in her heat races!  Sophia Karidas had a huge 46.21 drop in 200 IM.  Caitlin Kelly had a big 31.62 drop in 100 back.  Alex Khilko finished 9th in 200 Breast, -11.85.  Daphne Konstantinis had some great 1st time 50 meter swims.  Nicolas Kopczewski placed 6th in 50 Free, and 5th in 50 Back.  Nolan Lovegrove had seven best times and a 10.26 drop in 200 IM.  Kendall Luecke had three best times and finished 4th in 1500 Free.  Camila Marquez had three best times, with a nice 8.40 drop in 100 Back.  Isabelle McCulloch had a best time in 100 Free, dropping 17.67.  Ariana Milewski placed 7th in 50 Free, -1.65, and had six best times.  William Moles had four best times and placed 8th in 50 Breast, -12.60.  Hope Murray had a personal best in 100 Back, -5.95.  Denis Proskuryakov placed 8th in 200 IM, 3rd in 50 Back, -2.25, and 2nd in 50 Free, -3.57.  Bryant Quispe had a big 10.54 drop in 100 Back.  Sebastian Raz-Guzman had three best times, including a big 26.25 drop in 100 Back.  Andrew Rodriguez had three best times with a nice 7.09 drop in 200 IM.  Denisse Salazar had three best times with a big 9.70 drop in 50 Breast.  Max Scalise had three best times including a huge 24.46 drop in 200 Free.  Yashika Sharma had two best times with a nice 12.19 drop in 100 Back.  Maks Shemiako had two best times with a nice drop in 50 Back, -2.12.  Gracie Spataro had six best times and placed 1st in 1500 Free.  Halle Spataro had two best times and placed 8th in 400 Free.  Oskar Sulkowski had five best times and placed 6th in 50 Back, -6.34, 6th in 50 Free, -5.09, and 7th in 100 Free, -13.48.  Salma Thomas had four best times, including a great 10.40 drop in 50 Fly.  Selen Yasanliel had five best times and placed 2nd in 50 Breast, -4.66, and 2nd in 100 Breast, -44.44!  Khrystos Yika-Nacarino had seven best times with a solid 11.94 drop in 200 IM.  Mateusz Zalewski had five best times, including a great 20.34 drop in 100 Breast.  Congratulations to Brianna Zhang who qualified for Age-Groups and finished 6th in 100 Breast, -8.50!  Chris Zhang placed 7th in 200 IM and 3rd in 100 Free. 
Congratulations to all Piranhas who competed and many thanks to the parents who helped with the timing and officiating.  Go Piranhas!

Wilton Distance Session @ Wilton YMCA
The Piranhas were led by Gracie Spataro who placed 3rd overall for 13/Overs in the 800.  The Piranhas boasted several life-time best times as many of their splits were on the way to the 800 registered best times.  Great job, results are on the way.

SMST @ Masuk High School, Monroe, CT
On May 12th, 17 Darien YMCA Piranha swimmers competed in the Spring 12 & Under Swim Meet, hosted by the Rapids Swim Team.  The 7-8 year olds swam a 25 yd race of each of the four strokes, while the 9-12 year olds swam 50 yards of all four strokes, as well as a 100 IM.
Top places and improvements are as follows: Michael Frankowski had a nice 1.14 drop in 50 Fly and placed 5th in 50 Back. Maryan Guzman struck gold five times as she placed first in all events she swam! Caitlin Kelly had a great 6.13 drop in 100 IM. Nicolas Kopczewski placed 5th in 50 Breast, 5th in 50 Free and 4th in 50 Back. Ariana Milewski placed 4th in 50 Fly, 4th in 50 Back, 4th in 100 IM and 2nd in 50 Free. William Moles had four best times and placed 4th in 100 IM, -2.86, and 3rd in 50 Fly, -1.04. Arden Nehro and big sister Marin Nehro had some great first meet swims! Andrew Rodriguez placed 2nd in 50 Back and 1st in all his other events:  50 Fly, 50 Breast, 50 Free and 100 IM.   Denisse Salazar had two best times, placing 2nd in 50 Fly, 2nd in 50 Back and 2nd in 100 IM. Oskar Sulkowski placed 3rd in 50 Breast, 3rd in 50 Free, 3rd in 100 IM and 1st in 50 Back. Salma Thomas had a best time in 50 Back, -.87, and placed 4th in 50 Breast. Lucy Ward had a great 6.44 drop in 50 Breast. Jashan Wu placed 6th in 25 Breast. Mateusz Zalewski had a nice 3.73 drop in 100 IM. Zofia Zalewski had four best times and placed 6th in 25 Back, -3.71, and 5th in 25 Breast, -2.65.
Thank you to all the parents who helped with the timing and officiating.  Go Piranhas!    

BLUE WINS THEIR FIRST BLUE vs YELLOW INTRASQUAD MEET OF THE SEASON!!  
What a great way to finish the short course season!!  After the water settled, the Blue Team emerged victorious by 41 points, 226-185!
Winning Relay Teams: Girls/Boys 10 & Under100 Free Relay team Elizabeth Veeder, Elle Schaller, Sophie du Pont and Brenna Agarabi on Blue, and Maks Shemiako, Brendan McCarthy, Scott Luecke and Brandon Yao, also on the Blue team.  Girls/Boys 11 & Over 200 yd Free Relay:  Salma Thomas, Maryan Guzman, Brianna Zhang and Ariana Milewski on Blue, and Michael Frankowski, Denis Proskuryakov, Alex Crawley and Neil Chaudhari representing Yellow.
Top 3 individual event finishers:  8 & Under 25yd Back:  Girls 1st Heili Jalakas, 2nd Caroline Morrison and 3rd Sofia Bambina; Boys 1st Luke Gallagher and 2nd George Tiagi.  9-10 50yd Back:  Girls 1st Sophie du Pont, 2nd Penny Vanovitch and 3rd Elizabeth Veeder; Boys 1st Oskar Sulkowski, 2nd Maks Shemiako and 3rd Harvey Pena.  11 & 12 50 yd Back:  Girls 1st Ariana Milewski, 2nd Brianna Zhang and 3rd Jojo Olmstead; Boys 1st Nicolas Kopczewski, 2nd William Moles and 3rd Neil Chaudhari.  Girls 13 & Over 50 yd Back: 1st Tishan Wu and 2nd Francisca Vivanco. 8 & Under 25 yd Breaststroke:  Girls 1st Jasmine Su, 2nd Maria Gardner and 3rd Zofia Zalewski; Boys 1st Scott Luecke, 2nd Johnathan Veeder and 3rd Jashan Wu.  9 & 10 50 yd Breaststroke:  Girls 1st Selen Yasanliel, 2nd Brenna Agarabi and 3rd Elle Schaller; Boys 1st Oskar Sulkowski and 2nd Brandon Yao.  11 & 12 50 yd. Breaststroke:  Girls 1st Brianna Zhang, 2nd Salma Thomas and 3rd Erin Luecke; Boys 1st Michael Frankowski and 2nd Mateusz Zalewski. Girls 13 & Over 50 yd Breaststroke:  1st Katie Pombar and 2nd Tishan Wu.  8 & Under 25 yd Butterfly:  Girls 1st Leanna Li, 2nd Kylie Langeveld and 3rd Maria Gardner; Boys 1st Colby Comfort, 2nd Scott Luecke and 3rd George Tiagi.  Girls 9 & 10 50 yd Fly:  1st Emerson Langeveld, 2nd Yashika Sharma and 3rd Brenna Agarabi.  11 & 12 50 yd Fly:  Girls 1st Maryan Guzman, 2nd Denisse Salazar and 3rd Joanna Kieran-Mendez; Boys 1st Denis Proskuryakov.  25 yd Free:  Girls 1st Jaden Sutter, 2nd Kylie Langeveld and 3rd Caroline Morrison; Boys 1st Colby Comfort, 2nd Luke Gallagher and 3rd Jonathan Veeder.  9 & 10 50 yd Free:  Girls 1st Emerson Langeveld, 2nd Yashika Sharma and 3rd Selen Yasanliel; Boys 1st Maks Shemiako, 2nd Harvey Pena and 3rd Brandon Yao.  11 & 12 50 yd Free:  Girls 1st Maryan Guzman, 2nd Ariana Milewski and 3rd Joanna Kieran-Mendez; Boys 1st Michael Frankowski, 2nd Nicolas Kopczewski and 3rd Denis Proskuryakov.  Girls 13 & Over 50 yd Free:  1st Katie Pombar and 2nd Francisca Vivanco.   Thanks to all the swimmers, volunteers and parents for making the 2017-18 season an enjoyable and fruitful season!

WHICH TEAM CAME OUT THE OVERALL WINNER OF THE SERIES?? THE FINAL SCORING FOR THE SERIES & WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE ANNUAL PIRANHA BANQUET ON APRIL 22ND

CT Age Group Championships
The 2018 CT Age Group Championships just came to a close with the Piranhas posting several life-time best times and great swims. The Piranhas were lead by Andrew Rodriguez, who swam in six events and made finals in six events. His highest finishes were in the 50 Fly, 2nd, and 50 Free, 3rd, and he finished no lower than 10th overall. Gracie Spataro and Selen Yasanliel were the other top finishers with, Gracie finishing 14th in the mile and 15th in the 1000 Free, and Selen finishing 19th in the 50 Breaststroke and 20th in the 100 Breaststroke, both scoring points for the Piranhas. Great job!!  Also once again, thanks to our officials David Yika-Nacarino, Pawel Frankowski and Charlie Hom for officiating.  Results will be posted soon.

PIRANHAS FINISH 4TH AT REGIONAL YMCA LL-STAR MEET!!
Last weekend, March 23-25th, 45 Darien YMCA Piranhas Swim team swimmers travelled to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT to compete in the 2018 Northeast Regional YMCA All-Star Meet.  Our Piranhas raced tough and achieved 101 best times and numerous top 6 finishes, placing 4th overall as a Team, which is all great!!  Love writing: “the Piranhas had many life-time best times” and I will add many swimmers walked away from the meet swimming ALL life-time best-times, winning medals and finishing in the top three on the podium, but what I want to express and champion most is the effort and fight these kids have shown throughout the season.  Swimming can be a grind.  It is not easy and it takes time, sometimes LOTS of time, to improve and “get things right”.  I think I wrote a Coaches Corner on that….nevertheless, the kids, some of whom have raced three out of the four weekends in March, came to Middletown last weekend with great attitudes and showed plenty of grit to finish out the season strong.  When you come to the pool with that kind of mentality, that kind of fight in your heart, good things will happen.  So, and I speak for all the coaches when I say it, we are very proud of our Piranhas and what they accomplished this season.  Is there room for improvement? Yes. Can we get even better?  Yes.  BUT that doesn’t mean we are not extremely proud of the kids on this Team.  Thank you again and as always, GO PIRANHAS!!

Regional Championships,  March 2nd-4th
Great meet!  Results are posted. Thanks to our officials, Nancy Grune, Charlie Hom, Stefanny Salazar, Pawel Frankowski, David Yika, Bo Zhang, Victor Shemiako and Craig Lovegrove. The Piranha officials had a great showing and the host Team was very appreciative and impressed with how many active officials we have.  Also, thanks to our volunteer timers -as always very much appreciated.

71 swimmers traveled to Greenwich YMCA to compete in the 2018 CT Regionals Championship Swim Meet. The Piranhas raced against some of the toughest swimmers in the state and the coaches were very excited by the efforts and results shown by the swimmers.  The Piranhas had over 240 best times!

Top finishes and improvements are as follows: Felix Absolonne had three best times with a 2.65 drop in 100 Back. Reagan Adiletta had a great 3.35 drop in 100 Free. Brenna Agarabi had four best times and placed 7th in 100 Breast and 3rd in 50 Breast, -.50. Madison Aponte had five best times and placed 5th in 50 Free,-.20, and 4th in 400 IM, -.30. Sofia Bambina had three best times, including a 5.28 drop in 50 Breast. Brooke Bodick had a best time in 50 Back, -1.49. Ryan Bodick had two best times, dropping 3.44 in 100 Free. Neil Chaudhari had two best times with a 4.49 drop in 50 Back. Alex Crawley had two best times with a 2.69 drop in 100 Free. Addison Davis had three best times, with a 8.57 drop in 100 Free. John Frankowski had six best times and placed 6th 200 Free, 6th 100 Fly, 5th 100 Breast, 4th 100 Free, 3rd 200 Back and 1st 100 Back! Michael Frankowski had seven best times and placed 4th in 50 Back, -.45. Paula Frankowski had three best times and a nice 1.91 drop in 200 Back. Lila Gianukakis had two best times, dropping .59 in 50 Breast. Hannah Gould had a 1.18 drop in 100 Free. Maryan Guzman had seven best times, placing 4th 100 IM, 3rd 100 Free, 3rd 50 Breast, 2nd 200 IM and 1st 100 Fly! Sasha Intile had best times in 50 Free, -1.05, and 50 Breast, -2.10. Sophia Karidas had six best times with big drops in 200 Back, -6.85, and 100 Breast, -4.71. Caitlin Kelly had three best times, dropping 2.67 in 50 Back. Alex Khilko had four best times, placing 4th in 200 Breast! Daphne Konstantinis had four best times, including a nice 5.89 drop in 100 Free. Nicolas Kopczewski had five best times and placed 7th in 50 Back, -1.50. Connor Lane had six best times, placing 2nd in 100 Breast, -8.12, and 2nd in 50 Breast, -2.79! Emerson Langeveld placed 1st in 50 Fly, -1.53. Mia Langeveld had three best times, dropping 6.37 in 200 Free. Leanna Li had a best time in 50 Free, dropping 1.71. Nolan Lovegrove had six best times and placed 3rd 200 IM, 2nd 100 Back, 2nd 200 Free and 1st 200 Back! Ethan Lublin had a personal best in 50 Back, -6.98. Erin Luecke had a best time in 50 Free, -1.99. Scott Luecke had two best times, including a nice 4.03 drop in 50 Breast. Kendall Luecke had five best times, placing 6th 100 Back, 4th 400 IM, 1st 100 Free and 1st 50 Free! Camila Marquez had five best times and a nice .75 drop in 100 Back. Isabelle McCulloch had four best times, dropping 11.16 in 50 Back. Tessa Michaelis had a nice 2.36 drop in 50 Free. Ariana Milewski had four best times and a nice 1.72 drop in 100 Free. William Moles had three best times, dropping 2.17 in 50 Breast. Rian Moran had a great drop in 50 Fly, -4.47. Caroline Morrison had two best times, including a big 10.36 drop in 50 Back. Josephine Olmstead had a personal best in 50 Free, dropping 1.09.  Sophia Palacio had two best times, dropping 5.33 in 50 Free. Elizabeth Parent had a best time in 100 Back, dropping 1.33. Harvey Pena had a nice drop in 50 Breast, -4.13. Denis Proskuryakov placed 4th in 50 Fly. Grace Quinn had six best times, dropping 2.61 in 50 Breast. Bryant Quispe had five best times, with a great drop of 5.88 in 200 Free. Mohini Rathore had four best times, dropping -5.39 in 50 Back. Carolina Raz-Guzman had three best times,  down 4.37 in 50 Breast. Sebastian Raz-Guzman had five best times and placed 6th in 100 Breast! Bridget Ritchie had six best times, including a big 6.39 drop in 200 Free. Denisse Salazar had six best times, dropping 3.83 in 100 IM. Max Scalise placed 4th in 200 Free and 3rd in 100 Fly. Sofia Schimmeck had three best times, down 4.39 in 100 Free. Yashika Sharma placed 8th in 50 Fly. Maks Shemiako had two best times, nicely dropping 1.22 in 50 Back. Gracie Spataro had seven best times and placed 6th 200 Free, 5th 200 Back, 5th 200 IM, 3rd 100 Fly, 3rd 200 Breast and 2nd 500 Free. Halle Spataro placed 5th in 200 Back and 4th in 500 Free. Oskar Sulkowski had three best times and placed 6th in 50 Back as well as 1st in 100 Back. Julianne Teitler had four best times, including a great 6.50 drop in 100 Breast. Salma Thomas had five best times and placed 9th in 100 Breast. Penny Vanovitch had five best times, including a great drop in 50 Breast, – 5.83. Elizabeth Veeder dropped 3.10 in 50 Breast. Sam Veeder had three best times, with a nice 3.59 drop in 50 Breast. Tishan Wu had two best times, dropping 2.66 in 50 Free. Selen Yasanliel placed 2nd in 50 Breast. Khrystos Yika-Nacarino had five best times, placing 3rd in 100 Breast and 1st in 200 Breast! Mateusz Zalewski had a 2.80 drop in 50 Back. Brianna Zhang had six best times and finished 2nd in both the 100 and 200 Breast! Helen Zhou had three best times, dropping 1.20 in 100 IM. 
Top Six Relays
Girls 11-12 200 Free relay team of Maryan Guzman, Helen Zhou, Denisse Salazar and Ariana Milewski, 5thGirls 13-14 400 Free relay team of Paula Frankowski, Gracie Spataro, Kendall Luecke, and Sophia Karidas, 3rd.
Boys 13-14 400 Free relay team of Max Scalise, John Frankowski, Khrystos Yika-Nacarino and Sebastian Raz-Guzman, 2nd.  Boys 11-12 200 Free Relay team of Felix Absolonne, William Moles, Connor Lane and Michael Frankowski, 3rd.  Boys 13-14 400 Medley relay team of John Frankowski, Sebastian Raz-Guzman, Max Scalise and Khrystos Yika-Nacarino, 2nd.  Boys 11-12 200 Medley relay team of Michael Frankowski, Connor Lane, Denis Proskuryakov and Nicolas Kopczewski, 3rd.
Congratulations to all Piranha swimmers who competed in the meet!

CPAC Meet @ Chelsea Piers, 2/2-2/3
On Friday and Saturday, 67 Darien Y Piranha swimmers competed at the Chelsea Piers Age Group Qualifier, racing at a very high level and with many best times recorded.
On Friday, five Piranha swimmers competed in the 1650 Freestyle (aka “Mile”) or in the 500 Freestyle.  Kendall Luecke placed 6th with a 36.45 drop in 1650 Freestyle.  Halle Spataro placed 7th in the 1650 Free with a huge 103.81 drop!  Grace Spataro had a great swim, finishing 4th in 1650 Free.  Bridget Ritchie had a solid 500 Free and John Frankowski placed 10th, -11.14.
Saturday’s top swim placements and big time drops are as follows:  Felix Absolonne placed 11th in 50 Fly, -4.93.  Brenna Agarabi placed 9th in 50 Breast and dropped 6.36 in 50 Fly.  Brooke Bodick had a nice 4.13 drop in 100 Free.  Ryan Bodick had a best time in 50 Fly, -4.01.  Lindsay Cator had two best times with a nice 3.21 drop in 100 Fly.  Neil Chaudhari had three best times, dropping 7.91 in 50 Fly.  Sophie du Pont had two best times with a 7.36 drop in 50 Fly.  John Frankowski had four best times and finished 5th in 100 Free, -.34.  Michael Frankowski had two best times and finished 2nd in 100 Free, -2.33.  Lila Gianukakis had two best times, dropping 8.45 in 100 Free.  Hannah Gould had two best times, including a 2.14 drop in 100 Fly.  Maryan Guzman had two best times and a 4th place finish in 50 Fly, -.04.  Sasha Intile had three best times and a 3.62 drop in 50 Fly.  Caitlin Kelly had a big 6.17 drop in 50 Fly.  Finn Kern dropped 3.39 in 50 Breast.  Alex Khilko placed 3rd in both 200 and 50 Breast.  Daphne Konstantinis had a personal best in 100 Free, -1.99.  Nicolas Kopczewski dropped 5.7 in 100 Back.  Connor Lane had three best times and a 2.14 drop in 50 Fly.  Scott Luecke had two best times, dropping 5.99 in 50 Fly.  Camila Marquez had three best times with a great 4.03 drop in 50 Fly.  Brendan McCarthy had a best time in 50 Breast, -.92.  Isabelle McCulloch had two best times, dropping 8.25 in 100 Free.  Ariana Milewski had two best times, with a nice 1.97 drop in 100 Back.  Will Moles had two best times, including a 4.39 drop in 50 Fly.  Rian Moran had a personal best in 100 Free, -.78.  Caroline Morrison had a best time in 100 Free, -6.35.  Sophia Palacio had two best times, dropping 3.25 in 50 Fly.  Elizabeth Parent was down 1.27 in 50 Fly.  Bryant Quispe had two best times including -1.63 in 200 IM.  Mohini Rathore had two best times, dropping 2.41 in 50 Breast.  Jasmine Rinzler had two best times with -.39 in 50 Breast.  Andrew Rodriguez finished 1st in 50 Fly and was 2nd in both the 100 Free and 100 Back.  Denisse Salazar had three best times with -1.67 in 100 Free.  Max Scalise finished 4th in 100 Free, -.28.  Elle Schaller had three best times, including a great 5.63 drop in 100 Back.  Yashika Sharma had three best times, down 10.73 in 100 Free.  Grace Spataro finished 5th in 100 Fly.  Oskar Sulkowski had two best times, with a 1.23 drop in 50 Breast.  Salma Thomas finished 5th 50 Breast, -4.48, and 4th 50 Fly, -4.03.  Penny Vanovitch dropped 4.09 in 50 Fly.  Elizabeth Veeder dropped -2.75 in 50 Fly, and Samantha Veeder was down a big 6.06, also in 50 Fly.  Lucia Vivanco had a 3.16 drop in 50 Fly.  Tishan Wu had two best times, dropping 13.60 in 50 Fly.  Brandon Yao had a great 8.41 drop in 50 Breast.  Selen Yasanliel had three best times and placed 6th in 50 Breast, -.80.  Khrystos Yika-Nacarino placed 10th in 100 Breast.  Mateusz Zalewski had two best times, dropping 7.22 in 100 Free.
Congratulations to the Piranha swimmers who competed and big thanks to the parent timers.  Go Piranhas!


8/Under YMCA States, 2/4
On Sunday, seven Piranhas traveled to New Milford to compete in the CT YMCA 8 & Unders State Championship Meet.  The meet was held at the Higgins Aquatic Center at the Canterbury School.   Our small but mighty team was led by Colby Comfort, Scott Luecke, Heile Jalakas, Caroline Morrison, Sofia Bambina, Tessa Michaelis and Zofia Zalewski.  The Piranha swimmers each swam three individual events of 25 yards and the girls participated in two exciting Relays!  The Medley Relay team consisted of Heile Jalakas(Bk), Caroline Morrison(Brst), Sofia Bambina(Fly) and Zofia Zalewski(Fr).  The Free relay was swum by Caroline Morrison, Sofia Bambina, Heile Jalakas and Tessa Michaelis.  The Piranhas had many great swims!  Congratulations to Scott Luecke, who finished in the top 6 in the 25 Fly and Free, and Colby Comfort, who was crowned the 8 & Under Y State Champion in the 25 Free and 25 Back, and finished 3rd in 25 Fly!   GREAT JOB PIRANHA 8 and Unders!
GYWD One Event Meet, 2/1
The Piranhas descended on the Greenwich High School pool Thursday for the GWYD One Stop Meet.  27 swimmers competed and finished the night with 93% best times!!  Great job leading into the homestretch to Championships!  Thanks to all the parents and officials for volunteering.
9-12 YEAR OLD YMCA STATES, 1/27-1/28
On January 27th-28th, 35 Piranha Swim Team swimmers travelled to the Cheshire Community Pool to compete in the 2018 CT YMCA States League Championship Meet.  The “Y-State” League hosts over 2000 swimmers ages 6-18 from 15 different YMCA Swim Teams from all over the state of Connecticut.  This is largest Swim Team League of any kind in the state.The Piranhas raced against some of the toughest swimmers in the state.  The Coaches were very proud of both the effort level and results shown by our swimmers.  Top finishes and improvements are as follows:  Felix Absolonne had three best times, with a great 6.28 drop in 100 IM.  Brenna Agarabi had three best times and placed 9th in 100 Breast.  Molly Baum had a great 9.90 drop in 200 IM.  Alex Crawley had a nice 5.54 drop in 100 Breast.  Ellie Ernst had a great 7.29 drop in 50 Free and Findley Ernst also had a big drop in 50 Free, -7.14.  Michael Frankowski had a great meet placing in the top 8 in 5 events:  7th in the 200 IM, 6th in the 100 Breast, 6th in the 50 Breast, 4th in the 100 Back, and crowned YMCA CT State Champion in the 50 Back!  Lila Gianukakis had two best times, with a 3.93 drop in 100 IM.  Maryan Guzman had five best times, placing 11th in 50 Fly and 9th in 50 Free.  Sasha Intile had three best times, with a nice 5.77 drop in 100 Back.  Emily Kalvaitis had three best times and placed 8th in 50 Fly.  Alex Khilko had a strong showing, placing 9th in 200 Free, 100 IM and 50 Breast, to go along with a 7th place in the 200 IM and 100 Breast.  Nicolas Kopczewski had a best time in 200 Free -7.27.  Emerson Langeveld had a super meet, placing 10th in the 100 IM and 100 Free, 8th in the 50 Back and 200 IM, 6th in the 100 Back, and 5th in the 50 Free!  Erin Luecke had a nice 4.81 drop in 200 Free.  Camila Marquez had six best times, with a big 10.50 drop in 100 Back!  Isabelle McCulloch had two best times, with a big 13.59 drop in 100 IM.  Ariana Milewski had four best times, with a nice -.89 drop in 100 Breast.  Will Moles had two best times, with a 5.13 drop in 100 Fly.  Andrew Rodriguez was a top Piranha, placing 8th in the 50 Fly, 6th in the 200 IM and 100 Fly, 5th in the 100 Free and 4th in the 100 IM and 50 Free.  Maks Shemiako had four best times, with a .81 drop in 100 Back.  Oskar Sulkowski had three best times, with a nice 3.84 drop in 100 IM.  Salma Thomas placed 11th in the 50 Back, 3rd in the 200 IM and 2nd 100 Breast!  Elizabeth Veeder had three best times, with a 2.10 drop in 100 Breast.  Samantha Veeder had a great 5.49 drop in 50 Back.  Tishan Wu had a nice 4.11 drop in 50 Free.  Selen Yasanliel had three best times, placing 4th in 50 Breast.  Mateusz Zalewski had five best times, with a big 7.12 drop in 100 IM.  Congratulations to all of the Piranha Swimmers who competed in the meet!  Thank you to all of the parents who helped with timing and officiating.  GO PIRANHAS!!!

SMST 8-12 Year Old Meet @ Masuk High School Monroe, 1/6-1/7
WOW!!!  The Piranha 12/unders came to race!!!  They started the new year with an awesome display of effort and fast swimming, especially the 8’s who swam some longer distances for the first time.  Great effort, and great job everyone.  Thanks as always to our great officials and volunteers.  You guys rock, too!

RYWC Winter Meet @ Brookfield, 12/1-12/2
49 Piranhas competed at the RYWC Winter Invitational Swim meet at Brookfield, Connecticut.  On Friday, swimmers competed in a distance event (500 Free/400 IM or 200 Back/Breast), while on Saturday each Piranha swimmer competed in four individual events.  As a team, the Piranhas had over 100 best time swims!!  This was our team’s first time swimming under RYWC’s new Bubble that covers the swimming pool during the colder months.

Congratulations to the Piranha swimmers who placed in the top 6:  Reagan Adiletta placed 5th in 200 Free, 4th in 100 Back and 3rd in 50 Free.  Anna Carey placed 5th in 200 Free.  Christian Davidson placed 5th in 100 Back, 4th in 50 Fly and 4th in 50 Free.  Harry FitzPatrick placed 5th in 200 Back, 3rd in 200 Breast and 3rd in 100 Fly.  John Frankowski placed 4th in 200 Free, 4th in 50 Free and 2nd in 200 Back.  Michael Frankowski had a dynamite meet, winning 1st place in all four of his races -200 Free, 100 Breast, 50 Free, and 100 Back!  Paula Frankowski placed 5th in 50 Free.  Maryan Guzman placed 5th in 100 Back, 4th in 100 Breast, 2nd in 50 Free and 1st in 50 Fly.  Sophia Karidas placed 6th in 50 Free, 3rd in 50 Fly and 3rd in 100 Back.  Alex Khilko swam to four second place finishes in all four of his races -200 Free, 100 Breast, 50 Free and 100 Back!  Nicolas Kopczewski placed 2nd in 100 Breast, 2nd in 50 Free, 2nd in 100 Back and 1st in 50 Fly.  Nolan Lovegrove placed 2nd in 500 Free, 5th in 200 Free, 4th in 200 Back and 2nd in 200 Breast.  Kendall Luecke placed 4th in 400 IM, 200 Breast and 200 Back, and 2nd in 100 Fly and 50 Free.  Ariana Milewski placed 4th in 50 Free.  Sebastian Raz-Guzman placed 5th in 50 Free, and 3rd in both 100 Breast and 200 Free.  Bridget Ritchie placed 6th in 100 Fly and 5th in 500 Free.  Andrew Rodriguez hit gold in all his swims, placing 1st in 200 Free, 100 Breast, 50 Free and 100 Back.  Max Scalise placed 6th in 200 Breast, 3rd in 100 Fly, 2nd in 200 Free and 2nd in 50 Free.  Yashika Sharma placed 5th in 100 Back and 3rd in 50 Fly.  Maks Shemiako placed 6th in 100 Back and 3rd in 50 Fly.  Halle Spataro placed 6th in 200 Breast, 5th in 100 Fly, 4th in 200 Free and 2nd in 400 IM.  Oskar Sulkowski placed 5th in 100 Breast, 4th in 50 Fly 3rd in 50 Free.  Salma Thomas placed 4th in 50 Free, 2nd in 100 Back and 1st in 100 Breast.  Selen Yasanliel placed 6th in 100 Back.
Congratulations to all of the Piranha Swimmers who competed and a big thanks to all the parents who helped with timing and officiating.

Iona 8/Under Meet, 12/3 @ Iona College
14 Piranha swimmers competed in the Gael 8 & Under Meet. Each swimmer swam a 25 yard race of each stroke.  Coach Jordan and Coach Blau were very excited as our Maia Group swimmers raced to over 90% life-time best swims.  The Piranhas raced swimmers from both Connecticut and New York swim teams.  The excitement level was high as swimmers cheered for one another and proudly displayed their Piranha tattoos!

The following placed in the top 16 at the meet: Colby Comfort placed 15th in 25 Free and 14th in 25 Back.  Scott Luecke placed 11th in 25 Fly.  Carolina Raz-Guzman placed 16 in 25 Fly.  Penny Vanovitch placed 13th in 25 Back.
Congratulations to all the Piranha swimmers who competed.

Wilton Thanksgiving Trials/Finals Meet @ Wilton YMCA
On November 17-19, the Piranhas traveled to the Wilton YMCA to compete in the Wilton Wahoo’s YMCA Thanksgiving Invite.  This meet boasts Teams from all over CT as well as a few out-of-state Teams from as far away as Maryland.  To say our Piranhas did “great” would be an understatement!  Out of the 15 teams at the meet, the Piranhas finished 3rd!! The meet was set up as a prelims/finals meet for the 11/overs where the top 12 swimmers in each event came back in the evening for a finals session.  Friday night and all 10 & under events were swum as “timed finals”, basically a one shot deal, no finals.  All top 12 finishers scored points for the Team standings.  The Piranhas had 17 swimmers qualify for finals throughout the weekend and overall 33 Piranhas scored points!!  Congratulations to those Piranhas who qualified for finals for the first time and congratulations to all of the Piranhas who competed, gave great efforts and had great swims!  A big thanks to all the Piranha parents who volunteered with timing and officiating.  GO PIRANHAS!

TOP 12 FINISHERS

Iona Gaels Meet @ Iona College
On Saturday, November 4th, 53 Darien Piranha swimmers competed at the IONA Gaels November Invitational Swim Meet in New Rochelle, NY. The excitement level was high as this was the Piranhas’ first USA Swim meet away from the Darien YCMA this season.  The Coaches were very pleased with the Piranhas’ effort as the Team raced to many top finishes and best times. The Piranhas, you could say, had a swimming “feeding frenzy”, amassing 150 best times!!  Every Piranha Swimmer at the meet had at least one lifetime best!  The meet consisted of teams from both New York and Connecticut.

Top 3 finishes in individual events at the meet are as follows:  Jon Barsanti placed 1st in 200 IM and 2nd in 200 Back.  Christian Davidson placed 3rd in 100 Free and 100 Fly.  Maryan Guzman placed 3rd in 50 Breast.  Ethan Keyes placed 3rd in 100 Free and 1st in 200 Back.  Nicolas Kopczewski had a great meet, taking 1st place in 100 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, and 2nd in 50 Free!  Emerson Langeveld placed 3rd in 50 Free and 1st in 50 Fly.  Andrew Rodriguez was one of the top swimmers of the meet, taking 1st place in all four events:  100 Free, 100Fly, 50 Breast and 50 Back.  Pragun Sharma placed 2nd in 200 Fly.  Gracie Spataro placed 2nd in 200 IM.  Selen Yasanliel placed 2nd in 100 Breast.  Congratulations to the Piranha swimmers who competed and a big thank you goes out to the parents who helped with timing.

Piranha 200 IM and 1000 Free Meets @ Darien YMCA
On November 3rd the Darien Piranhas held two swim meets, the 200-yard IM for the 9-12-year-old swimmers and the 1000-yard freestyle for the 13 and overs.  Visiting teams included the Italian Center Orcas, the Shelton-Monroe Rapids and the Greenwich Dolphins, who provided plenty of competition for the Piranha swimmers.   The Piranhas put on another great show at their home pool, defending their “turf”.

In the 200 yard IM meet 40 Piranhas competed and the result was 100% life-time best times!  100%!!!  Plus, many of the kids hit a best 50 fly time on their first 50 of the IM, kind of like two best times for the price of one. This challenging race consists of racing 50 yards of all four strokes using different muscles and stroke patterns in the same race.  Top finishes are as follows:  John Frankowski placed 2nd, Andrew Rodriguez placed 3rd, Alex Khilko placed 5th, Sophia Karidas placed 8thMaryan Guzman placed 9th, Emily Kalvaitis placed 13th,  Denisse Salazar placed 14th and Denis Proskuryakov placed 16th.  Some of the top improvers:  Salma Thomas -34.51, Neil Chaudhari -34.98, Will Moles -19. 13,  Joanna Kieran-Mendez -20.25, Erin Luecke -16.24 and Camila Marquez -16.91.  Congratulations to all of the Piranha swimmers who competed.

In the 1000-yard Freestyle Meet the Piranhas hit 95% best times and again, many of the kids hit best times in the 500 on the way to the 1000.  Some even hit bests at the 200.   This challenging race consists of 40 continuous laps of grueling freestyle, which includes 39 flip turns!   Congrats to the following swimmers who swam the 1000 free for the first time:  Anna Carey, Vittorio Marin, Bryant Quispe, Max Scalise, Gracie Spataro and Khrystos Yika-Nacarino.  Top places and improvements are as follows:  Ethan Keyes placed 9th with a 21.63 drop, Pragun Sharma placed 11th with a 8.54 drop, Chris Zhang placed 4th with a 10.94 drop,  Oliver Rus placed 2nd with a 1.75 drop and Harry FitzPatrick placed 14th with a whopping 61.24 drop!  The female top finishers were first timers Anna Carey, 8th and Gracie Spataro, 4th. 

Overall, last Friday night the Piranhas showed great enthusiasm and came to the Darien YMCA ready to race and put forth a great effort!  Not to be forgotten, thanks to our officials, kids and parents who helped time and count.  You all take a big part in the running of a great meet.   Results are posted.

2016-17 Meets/News:

Piranhas Helping at Person 2 Person, 6/1
On June 1st, 15 Piranhas swimmers volunteered their “practice” time at Person 2 Person.  Instead of practice that day, the Team shifted through donations, and folded and hung clothes in the clothing department.  Thanks to those swimmers for giving back to the community.  

Piranha Person to Person 
Thanks to all the Piranha families and friends who donated to the Spring Piranha Food Drive.  We made the delivery last week and the wonderful volunteers at Person 2 Person couldn’t have been more pleased.  Great effort everyone.

Age Group Championships, July 21-23 @ Wesleyan University

On July 21-23, 7 members of the Piranhas traveled to Wesleyan University to compete in the 2017 Long Course Age Group Championships.  For the 11/overs, it was a trials & finals meet, and the 10/unders swam in timed finals.  This means that if an 11/over swimmer’s times were in the top 16 in the morning trials, they were rewarded with another swim at night in finals, while the 10/unders had one shot to do their best and score some points!  Harry FitzPatrick, John Frankowski, Michael Frankowski, Maryan Guzman, Alex Khilko, Andrew Rodriguez and Max Scalise swam against the top age group swimmers in the state of Connecticut, all while racing to lifetime best times! The Piranhas were led by Max Scalise, who qualified for finals in 4 of the 6 events he swam!! Max placed 4th in the 50 free, 5th in the 100 free, and 6th in the 50 fly and 11th in the 50 back.   Other top 16 finishes for the Piranhas included John Frankowski, who placed 8th in both the 50 and 100 free, and 11th in the 100 back,  Andrew Rodriguez, who added two 9th place finishes in both the 50 and 100 free, and Michael Frankowski, who  placed 14th in the 50 back.  To go with the outstanding individual performances by the Piranhas all weekend, the 11 & 12 boys relay team of Max Scalise, John Frankowski, Andrew Rodriguez and Alex Khilko raced to 4th place finishes in both the 200 Medley and 200 freestyle relay, as well as a 9th place finish in the 400 medley relay!  Congratulations to all of our Piranhas swimmers for a great long course season!

CT Senior Championships @ Wesleyan University, July 13-16
The Piranhas had a small contingent of swimmers at Wesleyan this past weekend for the CT Senior Championship Meet.  The Piranhas were once again led by Phoebe Slaughter, who will be attending Georgetown in the Fall, as she made finals in every event she swam topping out in 3rd place on the final night of the meet in the 200 IM with a new Team record of 2:23.95.  Also worth noting, Oliver Rus placed 6th in the 100 Breaststroke and  Chris Zhang achieved his first ever YMCA National Championship cut in the 100 Breaststroke.  Great job Piranhas!!

Last Chance Meet @ Brookfield, July 14-16
A great end-of-season meet for the Piranhas not swimming this week at Age Groups.  As a Team, the Piranhas picked up 12 new Age Group cuts and several life-time best times!
Top places and improvements:  Felix Absolonne had six best times and placed 8th in the 100 Back,, 8th in the 50 Fly and 4th in the 50 Back.  Molly Baum had a great 1st place in in the 100 Free heat.  Anna Carey had two best times in the 200 Free and 100 Free, and placed 8th in the 200 Back. Ben Carey had three best times, including a 4.15 drop in the 50 Fly.  Neil Chaudhari had two best times in 50 Breast and in 100 Free.  Ilse Fedoronko had a 1st place in the 50 Fly and had a nice 4.61 drop in the 50 Breast.  Harry FitzPatrick placed 8th in 100 Free, 4th in 200 IM and 1st in 100 Fly.  John Frankowski posted six best times and placed 6th in 400 Free, 2nd in each of the 100 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back, 200 Breast, and 50 Free, and 1st in the 50 Free.  Michael Frankowski placed 6th in the 200 Free and had a super 100 Breast, dropping 7.03.  Paula Frankowski had four best times and placed 4th in 200 Back and 3rd in 50 Free.  Zofia Gibas had four best times with a great 8.3 drop in 100 Breast.  Maryan Guzman placed 8th in 50 Free, 5th in 100 Free, 4th in 50 Fly, 4th in 50 Breast and 3rd in 50 Back.  Sasha Intile had two best times, with a 7.11 drop in 100 Breast.  Alex Khilko had five best times and placed 6th in 50 Free, 5th in 50 Fly, 4th in 200 Breast, 3rd in 50 breast, 2nd in 200 IM and 1st in 100 Fly.  Caleigh Lane had some great swims, including 1st place in the 100 Free heat.  Nolan Lovegrove, coming off the Baseball Field, hit some solid doubles, placing 5th in 50 Free and 2nd in the 100 Back.  Erin Luecke had three best times with a 1.14 drop in 50 Breast and a 8.63 drop in 50 Fly.  Kendall Luecke placed 7th in 100 Back, 7th in 200 Free and 4th in 50 Free.  Scott Luecke had some great swims, with a solid 50 Breast, -.07.  Arianna Milewski had two best times, with a 1.83 drop in 50 Free.  Olivia Myers had best times in 50 Back, -2.28, and 200 Free, -28.77.  Denis Proskuryakov had five best times, placing 6th in 50 Breast and 5th in 50 Back.  Andrew Rodriguez posted six best times, placing 5th in 100 Breast, 4th in 100 Back, 3rd in 50 back, and 1st place in 50 Free, 100 Free and 50 Fly.  Denisse Salazar placed 8th in 200 Free and had five best times.  Maks Shemiako had three best times, with a 11.13 drop in the 100 Breast.  Khrystos Yika-Nacarino placed 7th in 100 Breast, 6th in 200 IM and 2nd in 200 Breast.  Mateusz Zalewski had two best times, with a nice 5.27 drop in the 50 Fly.  Brianna Zhang had two best times and placed 6th in 100 Breast.  Helen Zhou placed 5th in 50 Back and 4th in 100 Breast.  Alex Khilko, Michael Frankowski, John Frankowski and Andrew Rodriguez made additional Age-Group cuts at the meet.  Congratulations to all and thank you to the parents who helped with the timing.   Results are posted.  Go Piranhas, Swim Fast!!

PIRANHAS 2ND PLACE AT LONG COURSE YMCA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
This past weekend the Piranhas competed at the 2nd Annual Long Course YMCA State Championships at the Greenknolls Aquatic Center in Brookfield, Connecticut.  The Piranhas came in full force, swam great and finished 2nd as a Team!!  Listed below are the top 3 finishers from the weekend along with all the swimmers who swam and contributed to this great Team accomplishment!

Y-State Champions John Frankowski – 200 IM, Michael Frankowski – 50 Backstroke, Paula Frankowski – 50 Freestyle, Sophia Perkins – 200 Backstroke, Andrew Rodriguez – 100 Butterfly, Oliver Rus – 100 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Butterfly ,Phoebe Slaughter – 200 Backstroke, 200 IM, 200 Freestyle, Chris Zhang – 200 Breaststroke,  200 Freestyle, 15-18 Boy’s 400 Freestyle Relay – John Barsanti, Zhang, Pargun Sharma, Rus, 11/12 Boy’s 400 Medley Relay – Denis Proskuryakov, Alex Khilko, Frankowski, Rodriguez, 11/12 Boy’s 400 Freestyle Relay – Rodriguez, Proskuryakov, Khilko, Frankowski

2nd Place Finishers John Barsanti – 200 IM, John Frankowski – 100 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, Michael Frankowski – 50 Freestyle, Maryan Guzman – 50 Backstroke, Sophia Perkins – 200 Backstroke, Pragun Sharma – 200 Freestyle, Chris Zhang – 100 Breaststroke, 10/Under Boy’s 200 Medley Relay – Oskar Sulkowski, Mateusz Zalewski, Frankowski, Maks Shemiako

3rd Place Finishers John Barsanti – 200 Breaststroke, Ilse Federonko – 50 Freestyle, John Frankowski – 50 Breaststroke, Paula Frankowski – 100 Backstroke, Maryan Guzman – 50 Breaststroke, 100 Freestyle, Sophia Karidas – 50 Backstroke, Scott Luecke – 50 Freestyle, Andrew Rodriguez – 100 Freestyle, Mateusz Zalewski – 100 Freestyle, 10/under Boy’s 200 Freestyle Relay – Ben Carey, Luecke, Zalewski, Frankowski, 11/12 Girl’s 400 Medley Relay – Karidas, Brianna Zhang, Guzman, Ariana Milewski.

Rounding out the Team that helped the Piranhas to a 2nd Place Finish, and several of these swimmers placed in the top 6 in one or more events, are:  Brenna Agarabi, Molly Baum, Anna Carey, Lindsay Cator, Catherine Dedon, Lila Gianukaki, Zofia Gibas, Sasha Intile, Caitlin Kelly, Caleigh Lane, Erin Luecke, Isabelle McCulloch, Bryant Quispe, Yashika Sharma, Salma Thomas and Selen Yasanliel. 

Blue v Yellow Summer Intrasqaud Bash!
The competition was fun and fast as the Yellow Team edged out the Blue team 195-185.  After the meet the hungry Piranha and House swimmers feasted at the pizza party.  Congratulations to all who competed.  Thank you to all of the parents who helped with the timing and Pizza Party.
Yellow Results
Blue Results
Full Results

Winning Relays
Girls 9 & Under 100 Yard Free:  blue teammates Caitlin Kelly, Mohini Rathore, Selen Yasanliel and Yashika Sharma. Boys 9 & Under 100 Yard Free:  blue teammates Frank Hu, Ben Carey, Brandon Yao and Oskar Sulkowski. Girls 10 & Over 200 Yard Free: yellow teammates Ariana Milewski, Emerson Langeveld, Lily Voigt and Sophia Karidas. Boys 10 & Over 200 Yard Free:  yellow teammates Max Scalise, Andrew Rodriguez, Michael Frankowski and Christian Davidson.

Top 1st– 4th finishers in individual events
Girls 8 & Under 25 Back: Caleigh Lane, Marlowe Johnson, Sheehan McAuliffe and Heili Jalakas. Boys 8 & Under 25 Back:  Brandon Yao, Gavin Hanig, Patrick Kelly and Tolga Yasanliel. Girls 9 & 10 50 Back:  Elizabeth Parent, Selen Yasanliel, Reagan Adiletta and Mabel Albright. Boys 9 & 10 50 Back:  Oskar Sulkowski, Ben Carey, Maks Shemiako and Ethan Phelps. Girls 11 & 12 50 Back:  Lily Voigt, Olivia Myers, Josephine Olmstead and Charlotte Volz. Boys 11 & 12 50 Back:  Denis Proskuryakov, Felix Absolonne, Christian Davidson and August Chickles. Boys 13 & 14 50 Back:  Bryant Quispe. Boys & Girls 8 & Under 25 Breast:  Brandon Yao and Jamie Spataro. Girls 9 & 10 50 Breast:  Salma Thomas, Brenna Agarabi, Grace Quinn and Isabelle McCulloch. Boys 9 & 10 50 Breast:  Mateusz Zalewski, Alex Chadwick and Harvey Pena. Girls 11 & 12 50 Breast:  Brianna Zhang, Sophia Karidas, Julia Erdlen and Ariana Milewski. Boys 11 & 12 50 Breast:  Alex Khilko and Andrew Rodriguez. Boys & Girls 8 & Under 25 Fly:  Ilse Fedoronko and Evan Myers. Girls 9 & 10 50 Fly:  Emerson Langeveld, Salma Thomas, Yashika Sharma and Selen Yasanliel. Boys 9 & 10 50 Fly:  Michael Frankowski and Ben Carey. Girls 11 & 12 50 Fly:  Maryan Guzman, Lily Voigt, Denisse Salazar and Catherine Dedon. Boys 11 & 12 50 Fly:  Denis Proskuryakov. Girls 8 & Under 25 Free:  Caleigh Lane, Ilse Fedoronko, Sheehan McAuliffe and Leanna Li. Boys 8 & Under 25 Free:  Evan Myers, Patrick Kelly, Trey Sutter and Gavin Hanig. Girls 9 & 10 50 Free:  Emerson Langeveld, Reagan Adiletta, Brenna Agarabi and Elizabeth Parent. Boys 9 & 10 50 Free:  Michael Frankowski, Oskar Sulkowski, Ethan Phelps and Maks Shemiako. Girls 11 & 12 50 Free:  Maryan Guzman, Olivia Myers, Ariana Milewski and Denisse Salazar. Boys 11 & 12 50 Free:  Andrew Rodriguez, Alex Khilko, Christian Davidson and Felix Absolonne. Boys 13 & 14 50 Free:  Bryant Quispe.

WRAT SCY 9/Under Meet @ Westport YMCA, 6/8
The atmosphere was electric (no doubt the full moon played a part!) as the 9/under Piranhas competed at the WRAT Invite at the Westport YMCA on Thursday night.  The kids swam great and had fun cheering for their teammates at what was probably the loudest meet EVER!!  We had many heat winners, and all of the hard work that the Piranhas put in day in and day out showed, as their racing technique has gotten better and better with each meet!  There were many best times and great swims. Congratulations to Colby Comfort for winning the boy’s 7 year old 25 Butterfly and Oskar Sulkowski for winning the boy’s 9/Under 50 Backstroke. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Heili Jalkas’s 2nd place in the girl’s 7 year old 25 Backstroke, by .01!!!  Can’t get much closer than that.  Full results will be available early next week.   

Wahoos Friday Night Distance session @ Wilton, 6/2
Despite a brief heavy downpour that threatened the start of the meet, the Piranhas were ready to race as soon as the skies cleared up.  Starting with the 12/unders, the Piranhas had some fantastic races in the 200 IM’s, then finished it off with some fun- a sprint 50 meter free!  The 13/over Piranhas then took over later in the afternoon and raced the 400 IM and 50 free, with many of our swimmers competing in their first ever long course 400 IM and they did great! Between both sessions, nearly every Piranha posted at least one best time, and some had best times in both events.  It was a great way to start out a weekend of racing long course, which is always fun!

Zeus 9/Under SCY Meet @ Norwalk High School, 6/2
13 Piranha swimmers attended the Mayor’s Cup Swim Meet hosted by Zeus Swim Team.   It was a fun and fast meet as each swimmer competed in four events.  The spirit level was high and the Piranhas started the meet with a great team cheer and continued to support each other throughout the races.  Attending were: Colby Comfort, Ilse Fedoronko, Roman Gagliardi, Frank Hu, Heili Jalakas, Caitlin Kelly, Caleigh Lane, Ethan Lublin, Sheehan McAuliffe, Maks Shemiako, Oskar Sulkowski, Penny Vanovitch and Selen Yasanliel.  Congratulations to all who competed.  Each swimmer received a cool Zeus Duck Duck shirt for being in the meet. 

Badger Meet @ Lehman College, 6/4 – results
Thanks to all the parents for their patience, especially those in the early morning who had to circle the streets of the Bronx looking for parking.  Also thanks to those who officiated and timed (please let the Piranha office know that you did).  

AM session: 19 piranha swimmers along with Coach Jordan and Coach Liz ascended on the Lehman College Aquatic Center in the Bronx, NY ready to race.  Before warm-ups Maryan Guzman asked the coaches is this a 100 Meter Pool?  The pool definitely looked bigger as it is an 8 lanes pool compared to last meter pool the Piranhas competed in at Brookfield’s, it’s only a 6 lane pool.  The morning session went great as all of our 19 Piranhas swam four events each for a total of 76 swims in around three hours.  Ten of the 11/12’s were 4 for 4 in regards to life-time best times swims and the 13/14’s posted 21 personal bests out of 24 races!   The closest race of the day involved John Frankowski placing first, beating out a Badger swimmer, by one-one hundredth of a second in the 50 meter free!  Overall our Piranhas raced hard with great technique against some of New York’s finest.  One of the technical takeaways from the meet is the continual reminder by Coach Liz and Coach Jordan about being fully submerged on the backstroke finish.  This is illegal and some of our Piranhas were testing the limits of his rule on their backstroke finishes.  Hence is the life of a swimmer and swim Coach:  there is always something to work on to be the best.  Go Piranhas – great meet!

PM Session: Having the opportunity to watch the 9-10’s swim was fun and a great pleasure.  We had ten 9/10’s, 5 boys and 5 girls.  In total they had 38 swims, most swam 4 events each which is actually quite a bit for 9-10 year olds during a 3.5 hour meet.   Overall they swam 33 life-time best times!  Not only did they swim fast, they looked really good doing it!  Their technique is coming along nicely and trust me, it is not easy to maintain your technique in a 50 meter pool throughout an entire 100 meter swim or 50 meter butterfly.  Great job 9-10’s!!!   The 15/overs also swam in the afternoon, and I want to thank them for being good teammates to the 9-10’s and showing some leadership.   They also had some good swims, lead by Bridget Ritchie who swam to four life-time best times.   

SHARKS Distance Meet 5/20
This past Saturday a small group of Piranhas swam a short course meet in Stamford.  All the 13/overs took on the challenge of swimming the 1650 freestyle (the swimmer’s mile) and the 500 freestyle.  The results for the mile were exceptional as 7 of 8 swimmers swam life-time best-times and all 8 came back 20 minutes later to swim  the 500.  Of the 8, three came away with life-time best-times.  Although not ideal, this was a great challenge for the kids.  Our goal was to swim the mile, and I figured why not swim the 500 too.  1) I didn’t have to do it 🙂 2) If nothing else the 500 would seem short, and 3) I can’t imagine they will ever encounter a tougher “double” at any other meet this summer.  If it made other swimming experiences in the future seem easier then we’ve accomplished something.   Our lone 12/under representative was John Frankowski.  His task on the day was by no means easy, either.  He had to swim the 200 breaststroke and the 200 butterfly.  He came away with a great, although tough, experience while achieving the Age Group cutoff time in the 200 butterfly.  Great job Piranhas!!

RYWC LC Meet, 5/21 @ Greenknolls Aquatic Center, Brookfield
30 Piranha swimmers competed at the Long Course Mako May Invite in Brookfield, CT. This was the Piranhas’ first 50 meter meet of the long course season.  The weather started cooler but once the Piranhas began swimming things really heated up!   Top finishes and improvements are as follows: Mabel Albright had a great 7.86 drop in 50 Breast. John Barsanti placed 6th in 100 Back. Anna Carey had three best times with a great 12.20 drop in 200 IM. Lindsay Cator had a solid 7.43 drop in 200 IM. Neil Chaudhari had three best times with big drops in 50 Breast, -11.19, and 100 Free, -11.24. Harris FitzPatrick had three best times, including a monster 25.15 drop in 200 Fly. John Frankowski had a super meet placing 4th 50 Breast, -2.19, 2nd 100 Free, -1.67, and 1st 100 Fly, -8.36. Michael Frankowski had three best times, including a 15.46 drop in 100 Free. Maryan Guzman had three best times and placed 7th in 100 Fly, -7.48. Sophia Karidas had three best times with a great 9.14 drop in 100 Free. Ethan Keyes placed 1st in 100 Back, -2.04. Olivia Myers had three best times with a great 7.04 drop in 100 Free. Sophia Perkins had two best times with a nice 6.55 drop in 200 IM. Andrew Rodriguez placed 6th 200 IM, -26.67, 5th in 100 Fly and 5th 100 Free, -4.72. Oliver Rus finished 2nd 200 IM and 1st in both the 100 Breast and 100 Free. Denisse Salazar had three best times with a super 25.97 drop in 200 IM. Yashika Sharma had a best time in 100 Free, -3.38. Maks Shemiako had two best times, including a great 23.36 drop in 100 Free. Phoebe Slaughter placed 4th 100 Free and 200 IM, and 2nd in 100 Back. Lily Voigt had three best times, including a 12.14 drop in 200 IM. Selen Yasanliel had three best times with a great 15.41 drop in 100 Free. Khrystos Yika-Nacarino had two best times with a big 20.24 drop in 200 IM. Chris Zhang placed 2nd in 100 Free, -4.98. Congratulations to all Piranha swimmers who competed.  Thank you to all of the parents who helped with the timing.

12/Under SMST SCY Meet, May 13th
Congratulations to High Point Award Winners: Oskar Sulkowski (1st 8/Under Boys), Caleigh Lane (4th 8/Under Girls), Michael Frankowski (3rd 9-10 Boys), Maryan Guzman (3rd 11/12 Girls), Max Scalise (1st 11/12 Boys), John Frankowski (2nd 11/12 boys).  Point were accrued over all events swum and the top four swimmers in each age group were given special awards.
The Piranhas raced hard and placed well against some tough competition. Top 6 finishers and great improvements are as follows: Ben Carey had a great first time meet as a Piranha. Ilse Fedoronko placed 3rd in 25 Fly, 5th in the 25 Free and had a best time in 25 Back, -.52. John Frankowski placed 2nd 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Free, 3rd 50 Fly, and also tied teammate Max Scalise for 1st in 100 IM. Michael Frankowski placed 3rd 50 Fly, 50 Back and 100 IM, 4th 50 Free, and 2nd 50 Free. Zofia Gibas had a great first time meet. Maryan Guzman had five best times and 2nd in the 50 Breast and 50 Fly, and 4th in 50 Free and 100 IM. Frank Hu had a great 11.48 drop in 100 IM. Caitlin Kelly had three best times with a great 6.30 drop in 100 IM. Alex Khilko placed 5th in 100 IM and 6th 50 Fly. Caleigh Lane placed 6th 25 Back, -.62 and 4th in 25 Fly, -.31, 25 Breast, -4.84, and 25 Free. Ethan Lublin had a best time in 50 Breast, -4.03. Isabelle McCulloch had a great first time meet. Ariana Milewski had five best times with a great drop in 100 IM, -9.60. Claire Moore had a great first time meet. Olivia Myers had a best time in 50 Back, -.78. Sophia Palacio had a great first time meet. Elizabeth Parent had four best times and placed 6th in 50 Back, -1.61. June Qin had a best time in 100 IM, -3.38. Sebastian Raz-Guzman placed 5th in 50 Breast, -1.67.  Jasmine Rinzler had three best times in 50 Fly, -1.03, 50 Breast, -4.84, and 100 IM, -2.53. Andrew Rodriguez placed 4th in 50 Fly, 50 Back, 50 Breast and 50 Free. Denisse Salazar had a nice 1.80 drop in 50 Free. Max Scalise had a super meet, placing 3rd 50 Breast and 1st 50 Fly, 50 Back, and 50 Free, also tying teammate Frankowski for 1st in the 100 IM. Oskar Sulkowski also had an amazing meet placing 2nd 25 breast and 1st 25 Fly, 25 Back and 25 Free. Salma Thomas placed 6th 50 Fly and 50 Free, 4th 100 IM, and 3rd 50 Breast. Lily Voigt placed 6th 50 Breast, -.78.  Great job by all the Piranhas!

BLUE v YELLOW SERIES
YELLOW WINS BY 1 POINT!!!

Congratulations to Eli Brennan and Maryan Guzman for earning the Blue v Yellow High Point Award and John Frankowski and Sophia Karidas for achieving the runner-up slot!  Great meets, good swims, fun times!
blue team roster 2016          yellow-team-2016-17-2
 

Northeast All-Star Meet, Wesleyan, 3/24-3/26
43 Piranha swimmers competed at Wesleyan University and many placed in the top 20, and included 93 lifetime best swims!
Top finishes and improvements are as follows: Felix Absolonne placed 7th in both the 50 Free, -1.18, and 100 Back.  Felix also placed 6th in the 50 Breast, -1.34. Reagan Adiletta had two best times in the 50 Free, -.69, and 50 Breast, -1.08. Talia Azous had a best time in 50 Breast, -.10. Brooke Bodick had a best time in 50 Breast, -1.52. Anna Carey had two best times in 100 Free, -.08, and 200 Free, -1.77. Alex Crawley had a nice 2.52 drop in 50 Breast. Ilse Fedoronko placed 4th in 25 Fly, -1.91, and had a best time in 25 Free, -.90. John Frankowski had a monster meet, placing in the top 6 in six events:  6th 100 Breast, -.96, 4th 50 Breast, -1.30, 3rd 200 Free, -2.45, 2nd 50 Back, -1.81, 2nd 100 Free, -.66, and 2nd 200 IM, -4.22. Michael Frankowski qualified for age-groups in the 50 Back and placed 3rd, -3.54.  Michael also placed 3rd 200 Free, -14.60, 5th 50 Breast, -1.44, and  5th 100 Free, -1.64. Paula Frankowski  placed 7th in 200 Free, -.96, and also had a best time in 100 Free, -.36. Emily Kalvaitis had four best times with a great 1.91 drop in 100 Free. Sophia Karidas had a best time in 50 Back, -.29. Alex Khilko placed 7th in three events:  50 Fly, -1.42, 50 Breast, -.46, and 200 IM, -7.79.  Alex also placed 5th in 100 Fly, -4.83. Caleigh Lane had a great meet placing 8th 25 Free, -.91, 7th 25 Fly, -3.45, and 3rd 25 Back, -.40. Connor Lane had three best times with a nice 1.23 drop in 100 Breast. Nolan Lovegrove had three best times with a 5th place finish in 400 IM, -7.31. Ariana Milewski had three best times with a great 3.02 drop in 50 Fly. Isabella Moss had three best times with a nice 1.12 drop in 50 Free. Hope Murray had a best time in 50 Free, -.35. Josephine Olmstead had a nice drop in 50 Free, -1.07. Alex Pardo had a best time in 50 Free, -2.24. Elizabeth Parent had a good drop in 50 Back, -2.89. Sebastian Raz-Guzman had a big 8.81 drop in 200 Free. Jasmine Rinzler had a best time in 50 Free, -2.27. Andrew Rodriguez placed 8th 100 Free, 8th 200 IM, -1.14, 6th 100 Back, -4.37, and 4th 50 Free. Denisse Salazar had two best times in 50 Fly, -2.37 and 50 Breast, -1.35. Elle Schaller had two best times in 50 Free, -.64, and 50 Breast, -.21. Oskar Sulkowski placed 5th 100 IM, -12.41, 4th 25 Free, -.64, and 2nd 25 Back, -.69.  Salma Thomas had a great 11.42 drop in 50 Fly. Mae Uniacke had three best times with a nice 1.74 drop in 100 Back, -1.74. Lily Voigt had four best times with a big 7.30 drop in 200 IM. Ella Wadleigh had six best times with a good 2.13 drop in 100 Free. Vincent Xu had two best times with a solid 1.04 drop in 50 Free. Selen Yasanliel had a great 2.31 drop in 50 Free. Khrystos YikaNacarino placed 4th 200 IM, -10.67, 5th 50 Breast, 7th 100 Breast and 8th 100 IM, -.63. Helen Zhou had three best times with a great 3.88 drop in 50 Back.

CT Age Group Championships
Another great meet for the Piranhas!!   The 11 swimmers who took part in this year’s Age Groups walked away with 33 life-time best times.  Max Scalise (50, 100 free, 100 back and 50 fly), John Frankowski (50 free, 100 back and 200 back) and Krystos Yika-Nacarino (200 breast) made it to finals (top 20 in each event).  Along with Andrew Rodrigues they teamed up for a 6th place finish in the 200 freestyle relay.  The Piranha Age Group Team was rounded off by Halle and Gracie Spataro, Tam Hao-Nguyen, Kendall Luecke, Alex Khilko, Emerson Langeveld and Harry Fitzpatrick.

Blue vs Yellow Meet of Champions, Wed, March 22nd
The excitement level was high at the final Blue vs. Yellow Meet of the season. Races were fierce and competition was strong as the Yellow team edged the Blue team.  (Who won the team Cup?  You must come to the banquet to find out!)
Individual Top 3 Finishes Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Backstroke:  1st Caleigh Lane, 2nd Ilse Fedoronko and 3rd Penny Vanovitch.  Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Backstroke:  1st Oskar Sulkowski, 2nd David Ritchie and 3rd Ryan Bodick.  Girls 9 & 10 50 Yard Backstroke: 1st Emerson Langeveld, 2nd Elizabeth Parent and 3rd Talia Azous. Boys 9 & 10 50 Yard Backstroke:  1st Michael Frankowski, 2nd Alex Crawley and 3rd Neil Chaudhari.  Girls 11 & 12 50 Yard Backstroke:  1st Sophia Karidas, 2nd Maryan Guzman and 3rd Helen Zhou.  Boys 11 & 12 50 Yard Backstroke:  1st John Frankowski, 2nd Andrew Rodriguez and 3rd Bryant Quispe. Girls 13 & Over 50 Yard Backstroke:  1st Anna Carey.  Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Breaststroke:  1st Jamie Spataro and 2nd Sheehan McAuliffe.  Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Breaststroke: 1st David Ritchie, 2nd Brandon Yao and 3rd Scott Luecke.  Girls 9 & 10 50 Yard Breaststroke:  1st Emma Crawley, 2nd Emmy Brennan and 3rd Salma Thomas.  Boys 9 & 10 50 Yard Breaststroke:  1st Felix Absolonne and 2nd Ethan Lublin.  Girls 11 & 12 50 Yard Breaststroke: 1st Brianna Zhang, 2nd Emily Kalvaitis and 3rd Ella Wadleigh.  Boys 11 & 12 50 Yard Breaststroke:  1st Khrystos Yika-Nacarino, 2nd Alex Khilko and 3rd Finn Kern. Boys and Girls 13 & Over 50 Yard Breaststroke:  1st Eli Brennan and 1st Angelica Yika-Nacarino.  Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Butterfly:  1st Findley Ernst.  Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Butterfly:  1st Colby Comfort and 2nd Brandon Yao.  Girls 9 & 10 50 yard Fly:  1st Brooke Bodick, 2nd Yashika Sharma and 3rd Emma Crawley.  Boys 9 & 10 50 Yard Fly:  1st Felix Absolonne and 2nd Mateusz Zalewski.  Girls 11 & 12 50 yard Fly:  1st Maryan Guzman, 2nd Helen Zhou and 3rd Lily Voigt.  Boys 11 & 12 50 Yard Fly:  1st Max Scalise, 2nd John Frankowski and 3rd Denis Proskuryakov.  Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Freestyle:  1st Caleigh Lane, 2nd Ilse Fedoronko and 3rd Penny Vanovitch.  Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Freestyle:  1st Oskar Sulkowski, 2nd Ryan Bodick and 3rd Colby Comfort.  Girls 9 & 10 50 Yard Freestyle: 1st Emerson Langeveld, 2nd Brooke Bodick and 3rd Salma Thomas.  Boys 9 &10 50 Yard Freestyle: 1st Michael Frankowski, 2nd Neil Chaudhari and 3rd Ethan Phelps.  Girls 11 & 12 50 Yard Yard Freestyle:  1st Sophia Karidas, 2nd Ariana Milewski and 3rd Emily Kalvaitis.  Boys 11 & 12 50 Yard Freestyle:  1st Max Scalise, 2nd Andrew Rodriguez and 3rd Alex Khilko.  Girls 13 & Over 50 Yard Free: 1st Anna Carey, 2nd Angelica Yika-Nacarino and 3rd Emily Kieran-Mendez.  Boys 13 & Over 50 Yard Freestyle:  1st Eli Brennan. 1st place
Relays:  In the Girl’s 10 & Under 100 Yard Freestyle Relay the Yellow Team of Emerson Langeveld , Salma Thomas, Emmy Brennan and Brooke Bodick.  In the Boy’s 10 & Under 100 Yard Freestyle Relay the Blue Team of Felix Absolonne, Neil Chaudhari, Ben Carey and Alex Crawley. In the Girl’s 11 & Over 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, The Yellow Team of Anna Carey, Denisse Salazar, Lily Voigt and Sophia Karidas.  In the Boy’s 11 & Over 200 Yard Freestyle Relay the Yellow Team of Max Scalise, Eli Brennan, Christian Davidson and Andrew Rodriguez.

CT Regional Championships
One of the best ever without a doubt!   The energy, enthusiasm, support the swimmers brought was inspiring.  There was just one great swim after another.  This is a real tribute to our swimmers, parents and our swim program.  The Team together achieved 288 life-time best times!!  288!!   Many of the swimmers walked away from the meet swimming 6 of 6 and 7 of 7 life-time best times for the weekend.  This weekend was just such a great Team effort from the anchor of the ‘C’ relay to the event winners, to the 8 year olds we had competing as to the 16 year olds.  GREAT JOB PIRANHAS!!
Regionals by the numbers:
296 – Life-time best times

80 – Swimmers competed
20 – Relays entered
13 – New Age Group cuts achieved
7 – Event Winners

5 – New Swimmers qualified for Age Groups
1 -Team Record Achieved

WAC Meet, Albertus Magnus, New Haven, Saturday Feb 11th, 8/Over Piranhas only
50 Piranha swimmers competed in the WAC February Invitational. The swimmers competed against some of the best local competition, experiencing many best times and top finishes.
Felix Absolonne placed 7th 100 Back and 6th 200 IM.  Reagan Adiletta had a best time in 50 Fly, -1.13 and 100 Back, -4.50.  Brenna Agarabi had three best times with a great 3.70 drop in 50 Breast.  Nora Ashrifeh had three best times with a nice 5.11 drop in 100 Free.  Molly Baum had two best times with a nice 1.38 drop in 100 Free.   Brooke Bodick placed 6th in the 50 Fly, -2.64, and 7th in both the 100 Back and 200 IM.  Lindsay Cator had a best time in 200 Back, -3.43.  Neil Chaudhari had two best times with a great 11.96 drop in 50 Breast.  Alex Crawley placed 12th in 100 Back and had a -6.03 in 50 Breast.  Catherine Dedon had two best times with a nice 7.73 drop in 50 Fly.  Harry FitzPatrick had three best times with a super 10.27 drop in 200 Fly.  John Frankowski placed 8th 100 Breast, 3rd 100 Free, -.11, 3rd 50 Fly, -.08, and 2nd 200 IM, -2.76.  Michael Frankowski had a best time in 50 Fly, -7.02, and placed 6th in 50 Breast, -3.47.  Paula Frankowski had a best time in 200 Back, -.76.  Hannah Gould had a best time in 100 Breast, -3.76.  Maryan Guzman placed 5th 200 IM, -2.21.  Sophia Karidas had a best time in 200 IM, -4.56.  Caitlin Kelly had a best time in 50 Fly, -2.24.  Joanna Kieran-Mendez had four best times with a great 6.48 drop in 100 Free.  Nolan Lovegrove had a nice -2.15 in 200 Free.  Ariana Milewski had two best times in 50 Back, -2.48, and 100 Breast, -4.06.  Hope Murray had two best times in 100 Breast, -1.37, and 200 Free, -2.25.  Tam-Hao Nguyen had a great 13.90 drop in 200 Back.  Jojo Olmstead had two best times in 50 Fly, -1.17, and 200 IM, -1.31.  Elizabeth Parent had two best times in 50 Breast, -2.83, and 100 Free, -3.41.  Sophia Perkins had a great 200 Back, -2.69, and 200 Free, -4.29.  Bryant Quispe placed 10th in 50 Fly, -4.84.  Jasmine Rinzler had two best times, in 100 Breast, -6.68, and 50 Fly, -1.85.  Andrew Rodriguez placed 7th in 100 Breast, 6th 50 Back, -.67, 6th 200 IM, -3.14, and 4th 200 Back.  Denisse Salazar had a big drop in 200 IM,-24.31.  Elle Schaller had a best time in 100 Free, -1.93.  Maks Shemiako had a best time in 100 Free, -2.90.  Grace Spataro placed 8th 50 Back, -.61, 4th 100 Free, 4th 50 Fly and 2nd 200 Back, -5.82.  Olivia Stramandinoli placed 13th in 50 Breast, -4.04.  Oskar Sulkowski had a nice 5.42 drop in 50 Fly.  Salma Thomas placed 9th in 50 Breast, -.98.  Lily Voigt had three best times, including a nice 4.60 drop in 100 Breast.  Selen Yasanliel had a big 11.30 drop in 100 Free.  Khrystos Yika-Nacarino placed 3rd in 200 Back, -28.48.  Helen Zhou had three best times and placed 6th in 200 IM, -1.10.
Congratulations to all. Get ready for Regionals (only three weeks to go)!

OLYMPIANS  Darien Times article
Gold medalists Maya DiRado and Josh Davis were on hand at the Darien YMCA to conduct a swim clinic Sunday, February 12th.    All swimmers who attended received a free t-shirt, had the opportunity to ask questions, took pictures and got autographs from both Josh and Maya, and even participated in an in-water clinic with both.  We have a few extra autographs for those kids who couldn’t attend.  Please email your request to Mary or Henk.  This is while supplies last.

8/Under Y States, Canterbury School, Sunday 2/5
This past Super Bowl Sunday, the youngest Piranhas took to the pool for the 2017 Y-State Meet at the Canterbury School in New Milford, CT.  Beyond the great results, and we had a bunch of them (more about that later), the level of enthusiasm these swimmers show is unmatched.  As a coach I try and remind my “older” swimmers of this level of enthusiasm.  I often tell them to watch the 8/unders at practice and try and remember what is was that kept YOU involved in swimming all these years (then I give them an 8,000 practice:).  My message is, “never forget that level of enthusiasm for swimming.  It is important to longevity in this sport. ”
On to the great swims we had this weekend!!!   Congratulations to our newest Y-State Meet Champions, Oskar Sulkowski (25 Back) and Emma Crawley (25 Breaststroke).  The entire Piranha Team did an awesome job hitting best times and winning heats!  Top places and improvements are as follows:  Colby Comfort had great swims with a 14th place in 25 Back.  Emma, along with the top finish in 25 Breaststroke, placed 15th in the 25 Back.  Ilse Fedoronko had best times in 25 Free, -3.05, 25 Back, -3.21, and placed 8th in 25 Fly.  Caleigh Lane had a best time in 25 Free, -1.20, and placed 11th in 25 Back.  Scott Luecke had two best times in 25 Free, -2.60, and 25 Back-, 2.13.  David Ritchie placed 13th in 25 Fly and 10th in the 25 Free with a drop of 1.64.  Maks Shemiako had two best times, placing 9th in the 25 Free, -1.14, and 4th in the 25 Fly, -3.73.  Jamie Spataro had two best times with a great drop in her 25 Breast, 4.02.  Oskar had two other great swims – a 9th place finish in the 25 Fly and a 3rd in 25 Free, -1.59.  Brandon Yao placed 8th in the 25 Breast and 10th in the 25 Back, -.71.  Rounding out the team was Penny Vanovitch with three great first time swims.  Relays: The relay team of Penny, Jamie, Caleigh and Ilse took 9th place in both the 100 Medley and Free Relays.  Boys 8 & Under 100 Medley Relay team of David, Brandon, Oskar and Maks took 5th place while in the Boys 8 & Under 100 Free Relay, Colby, Scott, David and Brandon placed 8th.
A big thank you to all the timers – couldn’t do it without you.

GYWD Meet @ Greenwich High School, Thursday 2/2
Great job Piranhas!!  36 of 39 swims at Greenwich were life-time best-times!! That’s 92%!  As always, thanks to the timers and officials.  Can’t do it without you!  GO PIRANHAS!!

13/Over HHAC Meet @ Beckerman Athletic Center, Saturday 1/28
Three 13 and over swimmers travelled to Hamden Hall, swimming with determination and with great improvement.  Anna Carey had two best times in the 200 Free, -1.89 and a great first time experience in the 200 Breast.  Hope Murray had two best times in 100 Back, -3.39 and 50 Free, -0.29.  Vincent Xu had two best times in 100 Fly, -8.78 and 50 Free, -13.67.  These swims from the Junior 2 swimmers are an early indication of great things to come at our upcoming Regional Championship in March.  Go Piranhas-Swim Fast!

9-12 year old YMCA State Meet, 1/28-1/29, Cheshire Community Pool
39 Piranhas competed in Cheshire, with great results.  Top finishes and improvements are as follows: Felix Absolonne placed 9th in 100 IM, -2.92 and had a best time in 50 Breast, -1.40.  Reagan Adiletta had two best times in 100 Free, -1.35, and 50 Free, -1.14.  Brenna Agarabi had a best time in 50 Free, -4.03.  Mabel Albright had a nice 3.50 drop in 100 Free.  Nora Ashrifeh had a best time in 100 IM, -3.03.  Talia Azous had four best times, with a great 2.78 drop in 50 Free.  Marcos Chadwick had a best time in 50 Free, -9.42.  Catherine Dedon had three best times with a 3.53 drop in 100 IM.  Sophie du Pont had a 1.65 drop in 50 Free.  John Frankowski had five best times finishing 10th 100 Breast-2.33, 7th 50 Free, and 6th 50 Breast-.54.  Michael Frankowski had 3 best times and finished 14th in 100 Breast, -3.36.  Maryan Guzman had five best times, with a great 4.25 drop in 100 Fly.  Emily Kalvaitis had three best times, with a super 13.99 drop in 100 IM.  Sophia Karidas had five best times with a 1.95 drop in 50 Fly.  Caitlin Kelly had a nice 5.31 drop in 100 Free.  Alex Khilko had two best times and finished 12th in 50 Breast, -.74.  Joanna Kieran-Mendez had three best times with a big drop in 100 IM, -15.07.  Connor Lane placed 9th 50 Breast, -.95, and 7th 100 Breast.  Camila Marquez had six best times with a big 9.42 drop in 100 Free.  Ariana Milewski had three best times with a nice 3.27 drop in 50 Fly.  Will Moles had four best times, with a big 18.67 drop in 200 Free.  Isabella Moss had a best time in 50 Breast.  Olivia Myers had three best times, with a big 9.20 drop in 100 Free.  Jojo Olmstead had a great 7.49 drop in 100 Free.  Ethan Phelps had two best times and dropped -3.43 in 100 Free.  Denis Proskuryakov dropped 5.99 in 100 Free.  Jasmine Rinzler had a best time in 50 Back, -1.54.  Max Scalise had a super meet, placing in the top 8 in his six events:  8th 100 Back, -2.07, 8th 100 IM, 7th 50 Fly, -.80, 7th 100 Free,-2.22, 4th 50 Back and 2nd 50 Free, -.19.  Yahiska Sharma had two best times with a nice 1.24 drop in 50 Free.  Gracie Spataro had a fantastic meet with six best times and six top 10 finishes:  10th 50 Free, -.28, 10th 100 Breast, -.55, 7th 100 Free, -.57, 4th 200 IM, -1.86, 4th 100 Back, -1.59 and 3rd 100 Fly, -.96.  Salma Thomas had five best times, with big drops in 100 Breast, -5.34, 100 Free, -5.53 and 50 Breast, -2.96.  Khrystos Yika-Nacarino had five best times and placed 12th 100 Breast, -2.18 and 9th 50 Breast, -.32.  Helen Zhou had four best times with a nice big drop in 100 Back, -7.05.  Relays:  The 11-12 Mixed  Relay team of Max Scalise, Gracie Spataro, Helen Zhou and John Frankowski placed 6th in the 200 Free Relay and 9th in the 200 Medley Relay.

1/25  INTRASQUAD #3
On January 25h, 2017 the Piranha Swim Team and Winter House swimmers took to the pool in the third Blue vs. Yellow intra-squad Swim Meet.  All the Swimmers swam well and the meet see-sawed back and forth but in the end, the Blue Team was the victor, 162-150.   The Coaches were very pleased with the swimmers, who all showed great talent and improvement in both freestyle and breaststroke events.
Winning Relay teams in the Freestyle relays: Girls 10 & Under 100 yard Yellow Team of Emerson Langeveld, Olivia Stramandinoli, Salma Thomas and Brooke Bodick.  Boys 10 & Under 100 yard Blue Relay team of Alex Crawley, Ben Carey, Neil Chaudhari and Felix Absolonne.  In the Girls 11 & Over 200 yard Yellow team of Brianna Zhang, Mia Langeveld, Sophia Karidas and Lily Albright.  In the Boys 11 & Over 200 yard Blue team of Khrystos Yika-Nacarino, Bryant Quispe, Alex Khilko and John Frankowski.
Individual top finishes and improvements are as follows: Felix Absolonne finished 2nd in 50 Breast and 1st in 50 Free.  Aliana Aspesi finished 3rd in 100 Free while sister Selina Aspesi finished 2nd in 100 IM and had a 13.93 drop in 50 Breast.  Lily Albright had two best times and finished 3rd in 50 Free.  Mabel Albright had a great 5.14 drop in 50 Breast.  Brooke Bodick had two best times and finished 2nd in both 50 Free, -1.39 and 500 Breast, -1.32.  Ryan Bodick finished 4th in 25 Free, -2.07 and 3rd 25 Breast, -4.10.  Eli Brennan placed 2nd 100 Free, -20.29 and 3rd 100 IM, -9.75.  Emmy Brennan finished 1st in 50 Breast, -2.91.  Neil Chaudhari finished 4th in 50 Free, -5.70.  Alex Crawley finished 4th 50 Breast, -1.14.  Emma Crawley finished 2nd 25 Free, -.56 and 1st 25 Breast, -2.30.  Colby Comfort had two best times and finished 2nd 25 Breast and 3rd 25 Free.  Ilse Fedoronko finished 4th in 25 Breast.  Michael Frankowski had two best times and finished 3rd in 50 Breast, -3.72 and 2nd 50 Free, -2.09.  Lila Gianukakis had two best times with big drops in 50 Free, -3.57 and 50 Breast, -8.60.  Maryan Guzman had two best times and finished 1st in 50 Free, -1.11 and 100 IM, -12.54.  John Frankowski finished first in both the 100 Free and 100 IM.  Alex Khilko finished 3rd in 50 Breast, -.13.  Emily Kalvaitis finished 1st 100 Free and 2nd in 50 Breast, -.80.  Sophia Karidas 3rd 50 Breast and 2nd 50 Free.  Caleigh Lane finished 3rd in 25 Free, -1.88.  Connor Lane had two best times and finished 3rd 50 Free, -1.29 and 1st 50 Breast, -5.78.  Emerson Langeveld finished 1st 50 Free -1.02 and 4th 50 Breast, -4.74.  Mia Langeveld had a best time and finished 4th 50 Free, -2.51.  Sheehan McAuliffe had two best times and finished 5th in 25 Free, -.96.  Camila Marquez finished 2nd in 100 Free.  Ariana Milewski had two best times and finished 4th in 50 Breast, -2.47.  Ethan Phelps had two best times with a nice 6.88 drop in 50 Breast.  Denis Proskuryakov finished 4th in 50 Breast, -2.24.  Bryant Quispe finished 3rd in both of his events.  June Qin placed 3rd in 50 Breast.  David Ritchie placed 2nd in 25 Free.  Max Scalise had two first place finishes in 50 Free and 50 Breast.  Maks Shemiako had a big 9.53 drop in 50 Free.  Jamie Spataro finished 3rd in the 25 Breast, -1.54.  Oskar Sulkowski placed 1st in 25 Free, -.91.  Salma Thomas had two best times and placed 3rd in 50 Breast, -7.25.  Penny Vanovitch had two best times and placed 4th in 25 Free, -4.21.  Caroline Ward placed 2nd in 25 Breast, -.52 and 1st in 25 Free, -.60.  Charlotte Ward had two best times.  Vincent Xu placed 2nd in 100 IM, -11.95.  Brandon Yao placed 1st in 25 Breast, -.43.  Selen Yasanliel placed 4th in 50 Free, -10.65.  Khrystos Yika-Nacarino placed 2nd in both 50 Free, -1.77 and 50 Breast, -2.74.  Brianna Zhang placed 1st in 50 Breast, -1.32.
The evening finished with pizza for all in the Y community room.  Thank you to all the meet volunteers, as well as the party organizers and chaperones.

12/Under SMST Meet. 1/7-1/8 @ Masuk High School, Monroe, CT
32 Piranha swimmers competed at the SMST 12/Under meet at Masuk High School in Monroe, CT on January 8th. Coaches Liz Blau and Michael Jordan led the way as the Piranhas battled through wintry conditions and delayed openings to race against some top competition.  Top finishes and best improvements are as follows: Reagan Adiletta had three best times in 100 Free, -5.25, 50 Back, -2.53, and placed 8th in 100 IM, -3.00.  Lily Albright finished 8th in 100 Fly.  Mabel Albright had a nice 3.65 drop in 100 Free.  Nora Ashrifeh had a best time in 100 IM, -23.01.  Neil Chaudhari had two best times in 100 Free, -17.56, 50 Back, -5.36, and placed 7th in 100 IM.  Sydney Dweck had a great meet with three best times, including a big 11.67 drop in 100 IM.  John Frankowski placed 2nd in both 100 Fly and 200 Free, -1.65, and placed 1st in 100 IM.  Michael Frankowski placed 6th 200 Free, -8.85, 5th 100 IM and 3rd in 100 Fly.  Sophia Karidas placed 5th in 100 Fly, -23.54, and had a best time in 100 Free, -2.49.  Alex Khilko placed 8th 100 Free, -1.93, and 4th 100 Fly.  Connor Lane placed 8th 100 Free and 6th 100 IM, -1.31.  Erin Luecke placed 9th 100 Fly and had a nice 2.47 drop in 100 Free.  Elizabeth Parent had a great 8.48 drop in 100 IM.  Ethan Phelps placed 8th in 100 IM, -10.68.  Bryant Quispe had three best times and finished 8th in 50 Back.  Sebastian Raz-Guzman had two best times and finished 5th in 100 Fly.  Andrew Rodriguez placed 5th 100 IM, 4th 200 Free, -3.70, and 3rd 100 Free, -2.17.  Alexandra Rosztoczy had a great-8.50 drop in 100 IM.  Riley Rosztoczy had three best times with a big12.14 drop in 100 Free.  Denisse Salazar placed 5th 100 Fly and 7th in 50 Back, -.99.  Maks Shemiako placed 9th in 50 Back, -3.61.  Salma Thomas had a nice best time in 100 Free, -1.14, and placed 7th in 100 IM, -3.46.  Khrystos Yika-Nacarino placed 3rd in 100 Fly and 7th 100 IM, -1.50.    Congratulations to all Piranha swimmers and thank you to all the Parents – your patience is much appreciated.

Darien YMCA Piranha Swimmers Lay Wreaths at the Darien Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery
Nine Piranhas braved the dipping temperature, sleet and snow to lay wreaths for Wreaths Across America at the Darien Veterans’ Cemetery this past December 17th.   Darien is host to only three “official” veteran’s cemeteries in CT, Rocky Hill and Middletown host the other two.  It was a moving and inspiring event that the swimmers will surely not forget.  The weather didn’t dampen the event as a few hundred Darien residents along with the Piranhas came out for the brief ceremony and wreath laying.  For the second consecutive year there were enough wreaths donated to lay one at every headstone. 

baum-and-rein group laying-wreaths

Omni Meet, 12/17 @ Yale University
On Saturday, 36 Piranha swimmers braved the cold and snow to compete at Yale University for the OMNI Christmas Qualifier. The Piranhas took Yale by storm in the pool, creating a blizzard of best times! Top finishers and improvements for the Piranhas are as follows:  Lily Albright finished 12th with a best time in 200 Free, -1.26.  Mabel Albright had a great 12.26 drop in 100 Free.  Sydney Dweck had a super meet with four best times, including big drops in 100 Free, -12.07, and 50 Breast, -6.39.  Ellie Ernst and sister Findley Ernst both had 1st place in heat swims.  Harry Fitzpatrick had a best time in 100 Free, -.15.  John Frankowski placed 5th 200 Free, 3rd 50 Breast, -.61, 3rd 50 Back, -.25, 5th 100 Free-.61 and had a best time in 50 Free relay takeoff split, -.51.  Michael Frankowski placed 12th 50 Back, -.24, and had a nice drop in 100 Free, -3.66.  Paula Frankowski had two best times in 100 Free, -.50, and 200 Free, -3.17.  Maryan Guzman placed 6th 50 Fly, -.46, and 9th 200 Free, -5.12.  Emily Kalvaitis placed 11th 50 Fly, -3.86, and got a best time in 100 Free, -6.52.  Sophia Karidas had two best times including a nice -3.13 in 100 Free.  Alex Khilko placed 6th in 50 Fly and 8th 50 Back.  Emily Kieran-Mendez had a best time in 100 Free, -7.33.  Joanna Kieran-Mendez had three best times and a nice 7.54 drop in 50 Fly. Camila Marquez had two best times and a decent drop in 50 Fly, -3.09.  Ariana Milewski had a nice first time swim in 200 Free.  Isabella Moss had two best times and a 3.61 drop in 100 Free.  Hope Murray had three best times and a great 8.63 drop in 200 Free.  Olivia Myers had two best times and a 4.27 drop in 100 Free.  Tam-Hao Nguyen placed 1st 50 Fly, 6th 50 Breast, 4th 100 Free and 4th 200 Free, -2.53.  Bryant Quispe placed 11th 50 Fly and 13th 200 Free. Sebastian Raz-Guzman placed 7th 50 Fly and 8th 50 Breast.  Denisse Salazar had a best time in 100Free, -.27.  Max Scalise placed 2nd 50 back, 6th 50 Breast, -40, 4th 100 Free, -3.68, and 4th 200 Free.   Maks Shemiako had two best times in 50 Breast, -1.08, and 50 Back, -1.57.  Oskar Sulkowski had a best time in 50 Breast, -8.73, and 50 Back, -1.57.  Selen Yasanliel had two best times and a nice 11.29 drop in 100 Free.  Khrystos Yika-Nacarino placed 8th 100 Free, 7th 200 Free, -19.46, 5th 50 Back, -.88, and 4th 50 Breast.  Thanks to the parents who timed and officiated and congratulations to all of our Piranha swimmers.

Arena Capital Classic, Cary, North Carolina  
Six Piranhas traveled to Cary, NC for a fast mid-season YMCA Meet at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, North Carolina.  The meet was hosted by the YOTA Swim Team and featured 65 YMCA Teams from Connecticut to Virginia.  The Piranhas left the Y on Thursday and when the weekend was over, they had won 5 events, placed in the top 3 in three others, broke 10 Team records and achieved 20 new life-time best times!  Oliver Rus lead all Piranhas winning 5 events, 50, 100 Freestyle, 100, 200 Breaststroke and 200 IM.  The latter 3 in new Team record time!  John Barsanti placed 2nd in both the 13/14 100 Breaststroke and 200 IM and 4th in the 13/14 200 Breaststroke breaking the 13/14 Team records in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke.  The final Team record to fall over the weekend was by Phoebe Slaughter in the 1650 Freestyle (the Mile).  She placed 3rd in that event and placed 5th in 400 IM and 6th in the 200 Backstroke.  Rounding out the Piranha contingent was Nick Giotis, Jennifer Chen and James Terhune who between the three of them had 8 lifetime best times out of 11 races.  This meet is a great opportunity for the Piranhas to get out of the comfort zone of CT Swimming and compete against swimmers they don’t normally race.  The Piranhas showed some fight and grit competing against some of fastest competition in the country.  Great weekend of swimming down in North Carolina!  Truly proud of these swimmers.  Article from the Darien Daily Voice

Iona Meets
On December 3rd and 4th, the Darien Piranhas had 72 swimmers compete at Iona College for the Gaels December Age-Group Invite. The coaching staff was very pleased as our Piranhas raced well and confidently, with many top finishes. Top finishes and improvements for the Piranhas are as follows:   Felix Absolonne took 3rd place in three of his events:  50 Free, -2.21 , 50 Breast, -5.12, and 100 IM.  Lily Albright finished 6th in 50 Fly.  Nora Ashrifeh finished 7th in 50 Fly and had a great 8.15 drop in 50 Free.  Brooke Bodick took 4th in 50 Fly.  Anna Carey finished 3rd 50 Free, -.30, 3rd 200 IM, -2.11, 6th 50 Back and 5th 50 Breast, -.92.  Emma Crawley finished 7th in the 50 Breast.  Lindsay Cator placed 7th 50 Free, -.43, 5th 100 Back,  -.55, 4th 100 Breast and 3rd 200 IM, -15.45.  Alex Crawley placed 3rd in 50 Back and had a nice -3.45 in 50 Free.  Christian Davidson had a nice 3.69 drop in 50 Free.  John Frankowski placed 1st in the 200 IM and 2nd in three events:  50 Back, -.70, 50 Breast, -.35, and 50 Fly.  Michael Frankowski placed 5th 50 Back and 7th 50 Free.  Paula Frankowski had three best times placing 7th 50 Free, -.29, 3rd 200 IM, -1.14, and 2nd 100 Back, -1.56.  Maryan Guzman placed 5th 50 Free, 5th 50 Breast and 4th 50 Back.  Sasha Intile had three best times, including a nice 2.55 drop in 50 Free.  Emily Kalvaitis placed 8th in both 200 IM and 50 Breast-1.64.  Sophia Karidas placed 7th 50 Back, and 6th 200 IM.  Alex Khilko placed 7th 50 Back, 6th 50 Free, -.58, 6th 200 IM, -1.81, and 3rd 50 Breast.  Joanna Kieran-Mendez had two best times with a nice 1.68 drop in 50 Back.  Emily Kieran-Mendez had four best times with a great 4.30 drop in 100 Breast.  Mia Langeveld had two best times with a big drop of 11.04 in 200 IM.  Connor Lane placed 6th 50 Free, -1.43, 6th 100 IM and 2nd 50 Breast, -1.56.  Emerson Langeveld placed 7th 50 Breast, -4.42, 5th 50 Free, 5th 100 IM, -.45, and 2nd 50 Fly.  Nolan Lovegrove placed 7th 100 Back.  Erin Luecke placed 8th 50 Fly.  Kendall Luecke placed 3rd 50 Free and 4th 100 Fly, -4.14.  Ariana Milewski had two best times in 50 Free, -.39, and 50 Back, -.56.  Hope Murray placed 8th 100 Fly and 8th 200 IM, -.45. Tam-Hao Nguyen had four first places finishes:  50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly and 200 IM, with a best time -1.02.  Kelsey Olvany placed 7th in both the 100 Breast and 100 Fly. Elizabeth Parent placed 6th in both 50 Fly and 50 Back, -.67.  Ethan Phelps placed 8th in both the 50 Breast and 50 Fly.  Denis Proskuryakov placed 8th 50 Back, 6th 50 Breast and 2nd 200 IM.  Bryant Quispe placed 5th 50 Back, -14.38, and 3rd 200 IM.  Sebastian Raz-Guzman had two best times and placed 4th 50 Breast.  Jasmine Rinzler had three best times with a nice 6.26 drop in 50 Fly.  Bridget Ritchie had four best times and placed 4th 200 IM, -7.06, and 5th 100 Breast, -1.79, and 6th 100 Back, -.23.  Riley Rosztoczy had three best times with a nice 1.09 drop in 50 Free. Max Scalise placed 1st in both 50 Back and 50 Fly.  Pragun Sharma placed 6th in 100 Back, -6.24, 8th 100 Breast, -4.79, and 5th 200 IM.  Maks Shemiako placed 4th in 50 Breast, -5.41.  Oskar Sulkowski placed 6th in 50 Free.  Gracie Spataro placed 2nd in four events and had a best time in 50 Back, -1.12.  Halle Spataro placed 1st in 100 Back, -1.40, 1st 200 IM and 3rd 100 Breast.  Olivia Stramandinoli placed 8th 50 Fly and 7th 50 Back, -1.24.  Lily Voigt placed 5th 200 IM, -16.06, and 4th 50 Fly.  Charlotte Ward had two best times with a nice 2.68 drop in 50 Back.  Brandon Yao placed 7th 50 Breast.  Selen Yasanliel placed 8th 50 Breast and 6th 50 Back.  Angelica Yika-Nacarino placed 8th 50 Free, -1.31, 7th 100 Back and 5th 100 Breast.  Khrystos Yika-Nacarino placed 6th 50 Back, -.39, 5th 50 Free, -.77, and 5th 200 IM, -6.70.  Christopher Zhang placed 2nd 50 Free, -.24, 2nd 100 Fly, 1st 100 Breast and 1st 200 IM.  Thank you to the parents who timed and congratulations to all of our Piranha swimmers!

Intrasquad #2, BLUE TEAM TAKES THE MEET 148-125
Piranha and House swimmers competed in the Blue vs. Yellow #2 Intrasquad meet, competing in Butterfly and Backstroke events. This time the Blue Team was victorious 148-125!
First place relays:  Girls 10 & Under100 Yard Freestyle Relay of Chloe Adams, Isabella Moss, Elizabeth Parent and Grace Quinn (Yellow).  In the boys 10 & Under 100 Yard Freestyle Relay were David Ritchie, Alex Crawley, Brandon Yao and Felix Absolonne (Blue).  In Girls 11 & over 200 Yard Freestyle Relay raced Brianna Zhang, Jasmine Rinzler, Sophia Karidas and Lily Albright (Yellow).  Boys 11 & Over 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team was Bryant Quispe, John Frankowski, Alex Khilko and Denis Proskuryakov (Blue).
Individual top finishes and great improvements are as follows:  Felix Absolonne took 1st place in both 50 Fly and 50 Back.  Mabel Albright took 1st 50 Back and 2nd 50 Fly.  Lily Albright took 4th place 50 Back.  Eli Brennan took first place in the 50 Fly,-12.91, and 1st 50 Back.  Emmy Brennan took 3rd place in the 50 Breast.  Colby Comfort took 1st 25 Fly and 3rd 25 back.  Alex Crawley took 2nd in both 50 Fly and 50 Back, -7.03.  Michael Frankowski finished 3rd 50 Back, -2.78.  John Frankowski placed 1st 50 Fly, -.83, and 1st 50 Back, -1.34.  Maryan Guzman placed 1st 50 Fly, -.83, and 2nd 50 Back, -1.34.  Emily Kalvaitis finished 3rd 50 Fly.  Sophia Karidas placed 1st 50 Back, -.86, and 4th 50 Fly, -9.16.  Connor Lane placed 3rd 50 Fly.  Alex Khilko placed 3rd 50 Fly.  Bryant Quispe placed 3rd 50 Back.  David Ritchie placed 2nd in both the 25 Fly and 25 Back.  Andrew Rodriguez placed 2nd in both the 50 Fly, -3.06, and 50 Back, -4.26.  Elle Schaller placed 2nd in both the 25 Fly and 25 Back.  Yashika Sharma placed 1st in the 50 Fly and 3rd in 50 Back.  Maks Shemiako placed 3rd 25 Fly, -.74.  Oskar Sulkowski placed 1st in the 25 Back, -3.07.  Salma Thomas placed 2nd 50 Back.  Caroline Ward placed 3rd in both the 25 Fly, -2.31, and 25 Back, -2.50.  Selen Yasanliel placed 1st in both the 25 Fly, -3.68, and 25 Back, -2.72.  Helen Zhou placed 3rd 50 Back, -6.07, and 2nd in the 50 Fly, -6.66.         Congratulations to all swimmers and thanks to all the parents who volunteered. 

WILTON THANKSGIVING INVITE, Wilton YMCA, 11/18-11/20

Great swims this past weekend.  Overall the Piranhas won ten events and had dozens of top six finishes and top twelve finalists  Oliver Rus won the 15/18 50 & 100 Free, as well as the 100 & 200 Breast, Tam Hao Nguyen won the 11/12 100 IM, and both the 50 and 100 Fly, and John Barsanti won the 100 & 200 Breast and 200 Back.  Oliver also took home the 15/18 Boy’s High Point award for the meet.  Each night the Piranha swimmers making finals ran in the double digits and the Team was “carried” by the 11/12’s who had seven swimmers each night make finals in multiple events!  Great weekend, fast swims and good times.
Additional top finishers for the Piranhas are as follows:  Felix Absolonne placed 10th in the 100 IM and 9th in both 100 Breast and 50 Back -2.16. Molly Baum had five best times including a nice -3.41 in 100 Free. Brooke Bodick had four best times including a 15.26 drop in 100 Free. Anna Carey had five best times including a 3.19 drop in 100 Back. Julia Erdlen had three best times including a nice 2.98 drop in 50 Back.  Harry FitzPatrick had four best times with a good drop in 200 Fly, -4.49. John Frankowski had seven best times and placed 7th in 50 Free, 100 Fly and 100 Back. Michael Frankowski placed 10th in the 100 Breast and 11th in 50 Breast. Paula Frankowski had six best times with a big 14.02 drop in 200 Back. Maryan Guzman had eight best times including a big 21.40 drop in 200 Free. Sasha Intile had four best times including a nice 2.99 drop in 50 Back. Ethan Keyes placed 6th 200 back and 9th 100 back. Alex Khilko placed 12th in 100 Fly and 12th in 50 Breast. Emerson Langeveld placed 8th in 50 Back, -.36. Mia Langeveld had three best times with a nice 2.24 drop in 100 IM.  Erin Luecke had eight best times with a super 20.21 drop in 200 Free. Kendall Luecke had six best times and placed 10th at finals in the 200 IM. Pete McMaster had four best times, including a 5.22 drop in 100 Breast. Ariana Milewski had a nice 4.07 drop in 50 Breast. William Moles had three best times with a 9.99 drop in 100 IM. Hope Murray had two best times with a great 15.20 drop in 100 Back.  Kelsey Olvany  had a 2.34 drop in 100 Breast. Denis Proskuryakov had four best times with a 4.55 drop in 100 IM. Ethan Phelps placed 10th in 200 Free. Andrew Rodriguez had eight best times and placed 6th in both 50 Breast and 50 Fly.  Denisse Salazar had eight best times with a great 4.56 drop in 100 Free.  Max Scalise placed 3rd 50 Free, 4th 50 Back, 6th 100 Breast and 7th 100 IM. Pragun Sharma had five best times with a 6.60 drop in 200 Back. Gracie Spataro had a break-out meet placing 1st 200 Free, 3rd 100 Free, 3rd 100 Fly, 4th 50 Free and 5th 100 IM. Halle Spataro had two best times and placed 10th 100 Fly, -4.62. Jim Terhune had two best times and placed 12th in 50 Free. Salma Thomas had two best times with a 3.53 drop in 100 IM. Lily Voigt had four best times including a 6.31 drop in 100 Free.  Khrystos Yika-Nacarino had eight best times and placed 9th 100 Breast and 50 Breast. Christopher Zhang placed 7th 100 Breast, 9th 200 IM and 12th in 200 Fly and 100 Free.  Helen Zhou had five best times and placed 2nd 50 Fly, 3rd 100 Free, 4th 50 Breast, 4th 100 Breast and 6th 100 IM.
Thank you as always to our parent volunteers.  Can’t do it without you!

Iona Weekend

On November 5-6th, the Darien Piranhas had 96 swimmers compete at the Gales Invite at Iona College.  The coaching staff were thrilled to have 100% of our entered swimmers show up ready to race at the meet!  The Piranhas showed that they were there to race against the other teams from New York, taking many top eight finishes.  All swam well, with hundreds of best times. 

Top finishers for the Piranhas:  John Barsanti took 1st place in 200 IM, 100 Back and 50 Free -1.99.  Brooke Bodick took 5th in 50 Back -4.68, 6th in 50 Breast -3.44 and 8th in 50 Free -2.38.  Eli Brennan took 6th in 100 Breast and 8th in 100 Back.  Ben Bryan took 5th in 100 Breast and 8th in 50 Free.  Anna Carey had a big drop in the 100 Breast -12.84 and finished 5th in 50 Free -.32.  Lindsay Cator placed 7th in 100 Back -.62 and 6th in 100 Breast -1.91.  Alex Crawley placed 4th in 50 Back -6.05.  Harry FitzPatrick placed 7th in 50 Free -.37, 4th in 200 IM -5.96 and 1st in 100 Fly -1.99.  John Frankowski placed 3rd in 50 Free -.36, 2nd in 100 Breast -7.09 and 1st in 100 Fly -6.91.  Michael Frankowski placed 5th in 50 Back -1.73.  Paula Frankowski had three best times, placing 4th in 50 Free -1.01, 4th in 100 Breast -6.42 and 3rd in 100 Back -4.80.  Nick Giotis placed 6th in 50 Free-1.10 and 3rd in 100 Back. 

Maryan Guzman placed 7th in 100 Fly -1.73 and 4th in 100 Breast -6.56.  Sasha Intile had a big 11.94 drop in the 100 Breast. Sophia Karidas had a great 100 Back, -14.85.  Finnigan Kern placed 7th in 50 Breast.  Ethan Keyes placed 5th in 50 Free, 4th in 100 Fly -3.60 and 5th in 50 Free.  Alex Khilko placed 3rd in both 100 Fly and 100 Breast -.38. Joanna Kieran-Mendez had a great 11.04 drop in the100 Breast.  Emerson Langeveld placed 5th in 50 Free -1.01, 4th in 50 Back -3.11 and 2nd in 50 Fly -2.83.  Nolan Lovegrove placed 5th in 100 Back.  Erin Luecke had a nice 12.95 drop in the 100 Back.  Kendall Luecke placed 2nd in 200 IM -6.36, 100 back and 50 Free. Pete McMaster had three best times and placed 6th in 100 Back -3.14.  Tam-Hao Nguyen had three first places in 100 Breast -2.17, 100 Fly -1.20 and 50 Free.  Kelsey Olvany got 6th in 100 Back -4.16, 6th in 50 Free and 5th in 100 Breast.  Andrew Rodriguez placed 6th 50 Free -3.95, 3rd in 100 Back -13.69 and 2nd in 100 Fly.

Bryant Quispe had a great 11.60 drop in the 50 Free.  Oliver Rus, taking 1st in all of his swims:  200 IM, 100 Fly and 50 Free -.47, had a “clean sweep”.  Max Scalise placed 4th in 100 Breast, 1st in 50 Free -1.13 and 1st in 100 Back -19.89.  Pragun Sharma placed 6th in the 200 IM, -19.89.  Gracie Spataro placed 2nd in 50 Free -.49 and 100 Breast -3.56, and also snagged 1st in 100 Back -3.91.  Jim Terhune placed 4th in 200 IM, 7th in 50 Free and 3rd in 100 Fly -8.28.  Mae Uniacke had a “break out” meet, placing 4th in 100 Back -11.33, 3rd in 50 Free -1.70 and 2nd in 100 Breast -9.40.  Angelica Yika-Nacarino placed 8th in the 100 Back.  Khrystos Yika-Nacarino placed 7th in 100 Breast -12.31 and 4th in 100 Back -9.85.  Brianna Zhang placed 3rd in both the 50 Back -2.62 and the 50 Breast -.92.  Helen Zhou had three best times and placed 2nd in 50 Breast -2.35, and 1st in both the 50 Fly -1.67 and the 50 Free -2.35.

Thank you to all parents who timed and the working officials. Congratulations to all Piranha swimmers!   

Piranha 12/Under 100 IM meet, Darien YMCA – 10/21
It was great watching the Piranhas race!!  There many best times and great swims and the Piranhas took the top 6 spots for the meet!   There were a few DQs and we will be sure to take a good look at those and work on correcting them for next time.  Thanks to all the 1000 swimmers who timed and parents who stepped up at the last minute.  Lastly, thanks to all our Officials who came out in droves to work.  Results.

Piranha 13/Over 1000 meet, Darien YMCA – 10/21
Good job by the Piranhas Friday night.  Many first time swims, many best times.  It was a nice little race night.  Results.

On October 21st the Piranha Swim team hosted a 12 & Under 100 IM meet and a 13 and over 1000 Freestyle meet.  Other swim teams attending included Zeus Swim of Norwalk, Stamford Orcas, Swim 70 of Norwalk and Brookfield Makos.  The extra competition provided great experience for the Piranha swimmers. 

In the 12 & Under 100 IM meet the swimmers were excited as the coaches have been focusing on race preparation for the last couple of weeks. Lots of practice time has been spent on proper technique and transition turns (going from one stroke to the next).  Top 20 finishers were as follows:  1st Tam-Hao Nguyen, 2nd Gracie Spataro, 3rd Andrew Rodriguez, 4th Max Scalise, 5th John Frankowski, 6th Ben Bryan, 8th Alex Khilko, 10th Helen Zhou, 11th Maryan Guzman, 12th Anna Carey, 13th Khrystos Yika-Nacarino, 14th Sophia Karidas, 15th Sebastian Raz-Guzman, 16th Lily Voigt, 17th Lily Albright, 18th Denisse Salazar, 19th Brianna Zhang and 20th Emerson Langeveld.  Congratulations to all swimmers who raced in the 100 IM.

In the 13 & Over 1000 Free meet the Piranhas had 11 swimmers go the distance. First time 1000 swimmer Kendall Luecke placed 17th, and Paula Frankowski had a solid swim.  For the Boys, top 20 finishers included:  Oliver Rus 4th, Chris Zhang 5th,
Ethan Keyes 11th, John Barsanti 13th, Pragun Sharma 14th,  and Nick Giotis 18th
.  Also competing for the Piranhas were Nolan Lovegrove, Harry Fitzpatrick, and Pete McMaster

Yellow takes down Blue 158-151 in Blue v Yellow #1
It came down to the last event and Yellow placed  1-2, 4-5 for the win!  Thanks to all the parents and swimmer who helped with the meet and pizza party.  Thanks to the swimmers for their enthusiasm. 
Full Results

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Blue Results

2015-16 Meets:

Congratulations to Piranha Swimmers who made CT Swimming’s Top 16 for 2016!

The top 16 list consists of the top swimmers in each event in Connecticut for the calendar year. (L=Long Course Meters)
Phoebe Slaughter had 20 top 16th finishes between the Senior category and 17-18 Girls!
Phoebe Slaughter:  1st 17-18 Girls 1650 yd Free, 4th 1000 yd Free, 8th 200 yd Free, 3rd 200 L Back, 4th 200 L IM, 6th 400 L IM, and 6th 100 L Free
Oliver Rus:  3rd 15-16 Boys 100 L Brst, 12th 200 L Brst, 5th 200 L IM, 7th 50 L Free, 10th 100 L Free, 13th 100 yd Back, 9th 200 yd Brst
Leigh Harrison:  8th 15-16 Girls 100 yd Brst
John Barsanti:  4th 13-14 Boys 100 L Brst, 9th 200 L Brst, 14th 400 L IM, 16th 100 L Back, 14th 200 L Back, 10th 100 yd Brst, 16th 200 yd Brst, 14th 200 yd Back, 15th 200 yd IM
Ethan Keyes:  7th Boys 13-14 200 & 9th Boys 13-14 100 yd Back
Alex Khilko:  15th 10 & under Boys 50 yd Back
Erik McKenna:   8th 17-18 Boys 100 yd Back, 9th 100 yd Back, 13th 100 L Back, 15th 200 yd IM, 15th 200 L Back
Tim Gould:  8th 17-18 Boys 100 L Back
P.K. Brannigan:  8th 17-18 Boys 50 yd Free, 7th 100 yd. Free, 14th 200 yd Free

 

Piranhas in the Darien Times

YNATS Darien Times coverage: Piranhas set seven team records at nationals
Recent Darien Times coverage: http://www.darientimes.com/15291/piranhas-progress-in-the-pool-the-winter-long/