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2019-20 Meets/News

Regional Championship 
What an awesome meet!!!  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped fulfill our volunteer duties, our officials (some of them worked even though they did not have kids swimming) and the swimmers, who gave an awesome effort all weekend and swam great!  Results will be posted soon.

Regionals by the numbers

1 – Age Group cut made by Oskar Sulkowski in the 100 backstroke
2 – Senior cuts made in the girls 15-18 200 Backstroke by Milena Judge and Sophia Karidas
2 – only 2 scratches all weekend!
5 – Total Piranha relays entered
6 – 3rd place finishes
7 – 2nd place finishes
7 – 1st place finishes by Alex Khilko
10.27 – Largest time drop, by Eliza Swaggert in the 50 free!
13 – Regional Champions
32 – Piranhas who competed
34 – Piranhas entered in the meet
47 – Top 10 finishes by the Piranhas
50 – shortest event contested by a Piranha
102 – Best times achieved by the Piranhas
141 – Total Piranha individual swims
152 – Total Piranha individual entries
400 – Longest relay contested by the Piranhas
500 – Longest event contested by a Piranha
1650 – Longest event offered 

AS ALWAYS #ONETEAM

8/Under YMCA State Meet @ Brookfield
A small but mighty group of Piranhas competed at the 8/under CT YMCA State Championships on Super Bowl Sunday.  Each of the swimmers recorded best times in at least one event, and they had lots of fun!  Alex Capolongo, Maggie Martin, Mariia Tataryn and Kylie Warner all showed huge improvements from the beginning of the year in all of their strokes and did a fantastic job!  We even had some top 30 finishes– Alex was 25th in the 25 free and 30th in the 25 back, Maggie was 18th in the 25 back, Mariia was 20th in the 25 breast, 23rd in the 25 free and 25th in the 25 back, and Kylie was 2nd in the 25 back, 4th in the 25 free and 12th in the 25 breast.  What a great outing for us!  Go Piranhas!

9-12 yr old YMCA State Meet @ Cheshire Community Pool, 1/25
The 9-12 year old Piranhas took the trip up to Cheshire to compete in the CT Y State meet and did a fantastic job.  Everyone swam best times in at least one of their events, with some swimmers racing to personal bests each time they dove in!  We are right on track to continue this success on through the end of the season.  The swimmers are all paying attention to details and working diligently on their stroke technique each and every day.  With an Intrasquad meet and the Yale Bulldog Invite just around the corner, the Piranhas will be ready for the CT Regional Championships in March!  As always, a big thank you to all of the parents who volunteered at the meet.  

13/Over YMCA State Meet 
The month of January is always a funny time.  Everyone is coming off the holidays, kids have mid-terms, the weather is cold and unforgiving and swim coaches ask their swimmers to step-up and race fast!  Well none of this is easy, but I have to give credit where credit is due.  The kids who attended the 13/over Y State meet really did a good job.  All I ever ask of my athletes is to show up at a meet ready to give everything they have that day with the goal of taking a step forward in progress.  Sounds a lot easier than it is but the Piranhas did just that.  Some came away with best-times, actually many did, some came away with really tough, gutty swims and a pat on the back from me, some swam an event for the first time but everyone walked away with great experience and took a step forward, some two!!   Where it is so easy to complain about early warm-ups, not enough rest in-between events, tired legs and a myriad of other things, the kids did none of that, took on the challenge and really swam well.  Bravo to you and thanks again to everyone taking the time to attend the meet.  Official results coming soon.

GRYM Meet for 12/Unders 
Thank you to all the timers and officials who worked the meet.  Great job swimmers!  Results coming soon.

Dec 21 – RYWC 10/Under Santa Claus Classic
What a fun meet to end 2019!   With a visit from Santa, the Piranhas got in the holiday spirit with their Christmas hats and pants and had a great meet!  Every Piranha swam best times in most of their events, and we even had several ribbon winners!  Top 16 finishers included 8/unders Lola Jenkins (12th 25 fly), and Mariia Tartaryn (10th 25 breast and 15th 25 fly), as well as 9-10 year olds Will Curtis (15th 50 free), Hanna Marcus (16th 50 back), Oliver Martin (11th 100 IM) and Ellen Zuckerbrod (12th 50 breast).  Next up for the Piranhas is the second Blue-Yellow Intrasquad meet on 1/8, the GRYM Invite on 1/18 and Y States on 1/25, and the Piranha Swim Challenge on Wednesday 1/22 for the P190, P105 and P90 groups and Monday 1/27 for the Maia, Nautilus, Neptune and Junior groups.  

ARENA Meet – Cary, North Carolina – Results
Another awesome showing at the ARENA Capital Classic for the Piranhas!  This meet always serves as a great mid-season test for the swimmers and the results showed the Piranhas were ready to perform.  The Piranhas were led by Andrew Rodriguez, who made finals in the 13/14 Boy’s 50, 100 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly, and Alex Khilko, who made finals in the 13/14 Boy’s 500 Freestyle and 400 IM.   Along with those swims, the Piranhas posted several life-time best times.  Beyond all the swim successes, the kids represented the Piranha program, the Darien YMCA and themselves with enthusiasm and pride, and were well behaved in and out of the pool.  Every swim was performed with great effort and every swim had teammates on their feet cheering.    A terrific experience with a really great group of swimmers!  

RYWC Meet, 12/7-12/8Results
The Piranhas had an incredibly successful weekend at the RYWC Winter Invite last weekend with nearly every single swimmer achieving best times in at least one, if not all, of the events that they swam!  All of the concentration and hard work is paying off for all of the kids; they looked really great and swam fast!  Event winners included Oskar Sulkowski- boys 11/12 100 free and 50 back, and Carolina Raz-Guzman- girls 10/u 50 breast.  Other top six finishes for the Piranhas included:  10/u girls- Heili Jalakas- 4th in the 50 fly;  Hanna Marcus- 3rd in the 100 back;  Carolina Raz-Guzman- 3rd in the 100 IM;  Zofia Zalewski- 4th in the 100 breast.  10/under boys- Nikolas Vasilko- 3rd in the 100 back and 100 breast, 4th in the 50 back, and 6th in the 100 free.  11/12 girls- Sameera Patki- 3rd in the 50 back and 100 breast, and 4th in the 100 IM; Grace Quinn- 6th in the 50 breast; Olesia Tataryn- 2nd in the 100 breast, 4th in the 50 breast, and 5th in the 100 free and 100 IM.  11/12 boys- Nick Lucas- 4th in the 50 free;  Brendan McCarthy- 6th in the 50 back;  Maks Shemiako- 5th in the 50 free and 100 IM and 6th in the 100 back;  Oskar Sulkowski- 2nd in the 50 free, 3rd in the 100 back and 4th in the 100 breast and 100 IM.  13/over girls-  Daphne Konstantinis- 6th in the 200 breast;  Victoria Typa- 6th in the 100 free and 100 back;  Jasmina Ujkaj 6th in the 100 fly.  13/over boys- Neil Chaudhari- 5th in the 100 back and 6th in the 100 fly;  Mateusz Zalewski- 2nd in the 200 breast and 4th in the 200 IM. 

Next up for the Piranhas is the RYWC 10/u Santa Claus Classic, then after the Christmas break we start back up again with the Y State meets and the GRYM Invite.  Go Piranhas!!

Wilton Thanksgiving Meet by the numbers 
1 – #ONETEAM
3 – swimmers in the A final of the 13/14 boys 200 free
4 – 1-2 finishes in the 13/14 boys 100 back, 200IM, 100 freestyle and 200 backstroke
9 – events won  by the 13-14 Boys – 200 IM, 100, 200 Breaststroke (Alex Khilko), 100, 200 Back (John Frankowski), 100 Fly, 100 Free (Andrew Rodriguez), 200 Medley & 400 Free Relay (3 aforementioned + Mateusz Zalewski)
14 – swims by John Frankowski this weekend
16 – ‘A’ finals swims
18 – different swimmers made finals

45 – swimmers entered from the Piranhas
46 – swims at finals
68 – best times by the 9-12 yr olds
75 – swims all weekend by the 9-12 yr olds
91 – percent best times for the 9-12 yr olds
200 – Medley Relay won by the 13/14 boys by the 3 aforementioned buys plus Matuesz Zalewkski
202 – Events entered
400 – Free Relay (3 aforementioned + Mateusz Zalewski)
500 – longest event swum by Alex Khilko and Sophia Karidas

13/Over – SMST Meet – Results
Thanks to all for taking the time out of your Sunday for the SMST meet this past weekend. I have to say your swimmers were pretty darn awesome!   As one parent said to me after the meet “They were on fire!!” and they were, but for more reasons that just fast swimming, and they swam FAST.  For those of you who may not know, all swimmers at this meet swam 5 events, all four 100’s and the 200 IM.  All of these events in a matter of about 2.5 hours, which may sound like a lot of time, but honestly, it isn’t. The kids had about 20-25 minutes in-between events and by their third event, they truly understood the meaning of fatigue.  They were exhausted, but kept going to the blocks with a great attitude and a great effort each time. This is all I can ever ask of an athlete.  There was no complaining, no whining, it was all positive and they were very supportive of each other, which to me is one of the most important aspects of youth sports.   A real proud coaching moment and a great way to start out the meet season.  Thanks to our awesome officials and volunteers.  Once again, your help makes the Piranhas a first class organization.  

12/Under – SMST Meet –Results
The 12/under Piranhas competed in their first USA Swimming meet of the season this past Sunday at Masuk HS.  The 10/unders competed in a “quadrathon” (4 events in a session)- butterfly, backstroke, breastroke and freestyle- with the 8/unders swimming 25 yards of each and the 9-10 year olds swimming 50 yards of each.  There were also a few relays in there to make it fun!  The 11-12 year olds swam a “pentathlon” by adding a 100 IM into the mix in addition to their 50’s of each stroke.  The kids did a fantastic job getting up and racing without much rest.   Although we had some disqualifications (which is not uncommon in the beginning of the season with new swimmers), overall it was a great way to start the season!  It was great to see the kids race after putting in lots of hard work over the past seven weeks and it also gave the coaches a benchmark as to what we will be focusing on going forward in the season.  A great big thank you goes out to all of the parents who cheered for the Piranhas and also volunteered when needed – we couldn’t do it without you!  We have a busy end of the year with more meets and we are excited to see the progress each swimmer will be making in the next few months!

Piranha 9-12 yr old 200 Freestyle Meet – Results 
The younger Piranhas had the chance to race a 200 free for the first time in a meet this season and the results were great!  We had 17 swimmers compete in the event for the first time ever, and we had eleven additional swimmers improve on their lifetime best times.  What a great way to start the season!  Thanks to all of the parents who helped run the meet, we couldn’t do it without you!

Piranha 13/Over 1650 Freestyle Meet – Results
It’s pretty cool when you can swim one event and get two, sometimes three, best times.  That is the case when a swimmer swims a 1650 (the swimmer’s mile).  Several of the Piranhas not only swam a best time for the 1650, but hit some best times on the way at what we call the “milestone” splits.  Milestone splits are the splits at distances that are events themselves, i.e. 100, 200, 500, 1000 freestyle.  Those splits count as actual times – not bad for one swim!   Congratulations to all the Piranhas, especially those swimming the 1650 for the first time.

2018-19 Meets/News

CT Age Group Championships & WHAT Summer Showcase
This past weekend the Piranhas competed at both the Age Group Championships in Cheshire and the WHAT Summer Showcase at Wesleyan. After twelve sessions of swimming the Piranhas ended the 2019 Summer season with some awesome swims! John Frankowski led the Piranhas at Age Groups with six swims and six life-time best times, placing 6th in the 50 freestyle and 10th in the 100 backstroke; both were CT LC Senior cuts.  Andrew Rodriguez swam four races and came away with four life-time best times, plus a finals swim in the 50 freestyle, placing 16th.  Alex Khilko swam life-time best times in four of his six events, placing 13th in the 400 IM and 9th in the 800 freestyle.   Michael “Spike” Frankowski swam two life-time best times in the 50 and 200 backstrokes, and Brianna Zhang rounded out the Piranha Age Group squad.  At the Summer Showcase, Brianna Zhang and Sophia Karidas led the Piranhas with six finals swims between them.  Brianna placed 2nd in the 200 breaststroke, 8th in 100 breaststroke and 12th in 100 backstroke.  Sophia placed 4th in the 200 back, 7th in 200 IM and 13th in the 100 freestyle.  Other finalists included Nolan Lovegrove who swam the 100 backstroke under 1:10 for the first time, and Daphne Konstantinis, who placed 7th in the 100 breaststroke.  Biggest drop of the meet goes to Grace Quinn in the 100 free, -12.5 seconds!  Great meet, great results, great volunteers, great kids!!  Results are posted.

CT Regionals 7/12-7/14
A small but mighty group of Piranhas traveled to various locations in CT for the CT Regional Championships.  Results coming soon.  Thanks to our awesome timers and officials!!!

CT/Eastern Zone Open Water Championships
Congratulations to Nolan Lovegrove for placing 7th in the Eastern Zone and 5th in Connecticut in 17-18 age group for the 2K Open Water Swim.  This event took place at Lake Quassy in Middlefield, CT.  This is an annual CT Open Water Championship that has doubled as the Eastern Zone (Maine-Virginia) Open Water Championship the last two years.  Awesome job Nolan!!   #ONETEAM #PiranhasLoveOpenWaterSwimming 

Piranha Blue v Yellow Summer Intrasquad Meet
Another hard fought battle between these two friendly rivals but alas as the dust settled and the last race was swum it was Blue yet again taking home the hard fought and well earned victory!!   

ORCAS v Piranhas Dual Meet @ Italian Center, Thursday June 27th
On June 27th, 31 Piranha Swimmers competed at the Orcas Fun Meet.  Held in the beautiful outdoor facility, the meet was fun, hot, and the Piranhas raced hard to be rewarded with a trip down the water slide at the end of the meet!  Top finishes and improvements are as follows:  Michael Frankowski won 1st place in 50 Free, -4.86, 100 Back and 50 Fly, -11.15.  Pauline Hausman finished 1st in 100 Free, 2nd 100 Back and 2nd 100 Breast.  Hayden Hines placed 3rd in 25 Breast.  Heili Jalakas placed 2nd in 50 Fly and 2nd 50 Breast.  Liisa Jalakas placed 1st in 100 Back, 2nd 100 Free and 2nd 50 Breast.  Alex Khilko won 1st place in 100 Free, 100 Fly and 100 Breast.  Daphne Konstantinis placed 2nd in 100 Breast.  Leanna Li placed 2nd in 50 Free and 1st 50 Back.  Nick Lucas placed 2nd in 100 Breast.    Caroline Morrison placed 3rd in 50 Fly.  Sophia Palacio placed 1st in 100 Breast, 1st 100 Back and 2nd 100 Free.  Jake Patterson placed 2nd in 50 Back and 1st 100 Breast.  Sahasra Sangu placed 1st in 25 Free, 2nd 25 Back and 2nd 25 Fly.    Maks Shemiako placed 3rd in 50 Breast and 2nd 100 Free.  Oskar Sulkowski placed 1st in 100 Fly, 2nd 100 Back and 2nd 50 Breast.  Eliza Swaggart placed 2nd in 25 Free, 2nd 25 Breast and 3rd 25 Fly.  Salma Thomas placed 1st in 100 Breast, 1st 100 Fly, and 1st 100 Free.  Jasmina Ujkaj placed 1st in 50 Free, and 1st 50 Back.  Nikolas Vasilko placed 1st in 25 Free, 1st 25 Breast and 2nd 25 Back.  Keriana Velazquez placed 1st in 50 Fly and 2nd 100 Back.  Jashan Wu placed 1st place in 25 Back, 2nd 25 Free and 2nd 25 Breast.  Selen Yasanliel placed 1st in 50 Breast, 2nd 100 Fly and 2nd 50 Free.  Tolga Yasanliel placed 2nd in 50 Back, 3rd 50 Free and 3rd 50 Breast.  Mateusz Zalewski placed 1st place in 100 Free, 1st 50 Back, and 1st 50 Breast.  Zofia Zalewski placed 1st place in 25 Back, 1st 25 Fly and 1st 25 Breast.   Results.

Piranha Blue v Yellow Summer Intrasquad Meet
Another hard fought battle between these two friendly rivals but alas as the dust settled and the last race was swum it was Blue yet again taking home the hard fought and well earned victory!!   

Greenwich LC Meet, 6/22 @ Greenwich YMCA
The Piranhas swam fast and showed great improvement with over 34 life-time best times!   Top finishes and improvements are as follows:  Roman Gagliardi placed 8th in 100 Back, -4.03.  Alex Khilko had a personal best in 100 Back, -1.23.  Daphne Konstantinis had a big 11.11 drop in 100 Back.  William Moles had three best times, with a great 6.40 drop in 100 Breast.  Sophia Palacio had a 2.13 drop in 50 Free.  Jake Patterson had a personal best in 100 Back, -2.12.  Harvey Pena had two best times with a big 11.58 drop in 100 Free.  Carolina Raz-Guzman had a big 10.40 drop in 100 Free.  Congratulations to Andrew Rodriguez who qualified for Age Groups in 100 Back, dropping 3.55!  Maks Shemiako had a great 50 Fly, -7.88.  Oskar Sulkowski placed 7th in 100 Free, and 8th 50 Fly, -4.38.  Keriana Velazquez had three best times, including a nice 4.40 drop in 50 Fly.  Lily Voigt had three best times, with a big 10.00 drop in 200 Free.  Selen Yasanliel placed 5th in 50 Breast, -1.12.  Tolga Yasanliel had two best times with a great -10.06 drop in 50 Breast.  Mateusz Zalewski had three best times, and placed 7th in 50 Fly, -2.63.  Brianna Zhang had a best time in 100 Back, -.83.

CT YMCA State Meet, 6/1-6/2 @ Greenknolls Aquatic Center
30 Darien Piranhas traveled to Brookfield to compete in the 2019 CT Long Course Championships.  The Piranhas swam very well, with over 60 life-time best swims and 30 top 10 finishes.  All showed great team spirit, cheering for one another.  Top finishes and improvements are as follows:  Amy Baiocco had a personal best in 50 Fly, -3.53.  August Chickles had some great first time 50-meter swims.    John Frankowski had seven best times and placed 4th in 200 IM, -1.09, 4th 200 Free, -2.84, and 3rd 100 Fly, -6.02.  Paula Frankowski had a personal best in 200 Free, -5.40, placed 6th 200 Back and 5th 50 Free.  Maryan Guzman placed 7th in 200 Free, -.30, and 3rd 50 Free.  Liisa Jalakas had a big 8.13 drop in 100 Free and placed 8th 50 Breast, -6.21.  Sophia Karidas had seven best times and placed in the top 8 in all of her events:  7th 100 Fly, -4.76, 5th 100 Free, -2.36, 5th 200 Fly, -4.16, 4th 200 IM, -4.32, 4th 200 Back, -3.95, and 4th 200 Free, -5.12.  Alex Khilko had six best times and placed 3rd in 200 IM, -3.72, 2nd 100 Breast, -.97, and 2nd 200 Breast, -.30.  Daphne Konstantinis had two best times and placed 10th in 50 Breast, -.92.  Nick Lucas had some great first time 50-meter swims.  Sophia Palacio had three best times with a big 13.32 drop in 100 Breast.  Grace Quinn had a big 8.40 drop in 50 Free.  Carolina Raz-Guzman had two best times with a great 12.99 drop in 100 Breast.  Andrew Rodriguez placed 7th in 50 Free, -.13.  Denisse Salazar placed 7th in 200 Fly.  Maks Shemiako had two best times with a nice 6.98 drop in 100 Breast.  Oskar Sulkowski had four best times and placed 9th in 50 Back, -1.54.  Salma Thomas had four best times and placed 5th 50 Breast, -.86.  Egor Vasilyev had some great first time 50-meter swims. Keriana Velazquez had a personal best in 50 Free, -3.02.  Lily Voigt had four best times and placed 7th in 100 Free, -1.59.  Victoria Wloszek had a personal best in 50 Free, -4.41.  Mateusz Zalewski had five best times with a solid 2.36 drop in 50 Free.  Brianna Zhang placed 2nd in 100 Breast, -1.72.  Congratulations to all 

Westport 10/Under SCY meet, 6/6
Eleven Darien YMCA Piranhas competed at the Westport Water Rat 10 & Under Meet.  The meet was fun and very exciting for the Maia and Nautilus swimmers.  Top finishes and improvements are as follows:  Mischa Gagliardi placed 8th in 25 Breast and had a best time in 25 Free, -1.29.  Roman Gagliardi placed 7th in 50 Breast.  Hayden Hines had two best times and placed 5th in 25 Free, -2.01, 4th 25 Breast, -1.07, and 4th 25 Back.  Hanna Marcus had a personal best in 50 Free, -.37.  Jake Patterson had two best times and placed 6th in 100 IM, 5th 50 Free, -1.24, and 2nd 50 Back, -4.11.  Sahasra Sangu had some great “first in heat” swims.  Jasmine Su placed 7th in 25 Free, -2.90, and 2nd 25 Breast, -1.86.  Jaden Sutter had two best times and placed 3rd in 100 IM, 3rd 25 Free, -.65, and 2nd 25 Fly, -2.38.  Eliza Swaggart placed 7th in 25 Free, -3.47, 7th 25 Back, and 5th 25 Breast, -3.11.  Tolga Yasanliel had a best time in 50 Free, -3.03.  Zofia Zalewski had three best times and placed 3rd in 25 Breast, -2.32.  Congratulations to all.

Piranha Spirit Contest Poster Winners:
1st place:  Daphne Konstantinis, 2nd place:  a three way tie between Zofia Zalewski, Hanna Marcus and Salma Thomas,  3rd place:  Paula Frankowski.  Congratulations.  

YMCA All-Star 8/Under and 9/Over Meet @ Wesleyan, 3/22
This was the Piranhas’ last official short course meet of the short course season. The swimmers had several top finishes and over 50 life-time best swims overall!  The Piranhas showed great unity and team spirit with loud cheering and support for their teammates while they raced.
8/under 
Best times and top finishers:  Camden Comfort had a personal best in 25 Breast, -1.61. Hayden Hines had three best times, including a great 5.69 drop in 25 Breast. Quinn Rogers had two best times in 25 Free, -.90, and 25 Breast, -1.42. Jaden Sutter had three best times and placed 4th in 25 Free, -1.26, and 2nd 25 Back, -2.48. Jashan Wu had two best times and placed 8th in 25 Back, -2.47, and 8th 25 Breast, -2.68.
Relays:  Girls 8 & Under 100 Medley-9th place: Quinn Rogers, Hayden Hines, Jaden Sutter and Camden Comfort. Girls 8 & Under 100 Freestyle-7th place: Jaden Sutter, Quinn Rogers, Camden Comfort and Hayden Hines.
9/Over: 
Best times and top finishers:  Reagan Adiletta had two best times with a nice 3.74 drop in 100 IM. Lindsay Cator swam with grit and pride as she competed in her last short course meet as a Senior on the team. Colby Comfort placed 8th in 50 Free, -.73, 6th 50 Fly, -1.74, and 2nd 200 Free, -7.65. Christian Davidson had three best times and placed 7th in 200 back, -7.55. Cosimo DeSantis had a best time in 50 Free, -1.18, and placed 8th in 100 Back. Heili Jalakas had a nice 3.93 drop in 50 Free. Liisa Jalakas had three best times, including a 2.96 drop in 50 Free. Alex Khilko was the most dominant of the Piranhas, placing in the top six in all of his events: 6th 50 Free, -.42, 5th 100 Free, -2.00, 4th 100 Breast, 3rd 200 Back, -3.44, 2nd 200 IM, -.47, and 1st 500 Free, -11.49. Nolan Lovegrove had a great 1650, -43.40, placing 3rd. Hanna Marcus had a great 4.26 drop in 50 Fly. Camila Marquez had four best times, including a 4.97 drop in 100 Back. Sophia Palacio had two best times, including a 1.62 drop in 50 Back. Harvey Pena placed 3rd in 200 IM. Grace Quinn had two best times, including a 2.41 drop in 50 Back. Bryant Quispe had a rock-solid meet, placing in the top 6 in five of his events: 6th 100 Free, -1.80, 4th 50 Free, -.34, 4th 200 Back, 4th 200 Free, -.14, and 2nd 100 Back, -1.91. Andrew Rodriguez was another top finisher, placing in the top 5 in six events: 5th 200 IM, 4th 100 Fly, -3.16, 3rd 50 Free, 3rd 200 Free, 3rd 100 Free and 3rd 100 Back, -.68. Pragun Sharma placed 5th in 200 IM, -8.45, 5th 100 Back, -.68, and 4th 1650 Free, -8.45. Keriana Velazquez had a great 2.91 drop in 50 Back. Lily Voigt had three best times, including a nice 3.88 drop in 200 Free. Selen Yasanliel placed 7th in 100 Breast, -.57. Tolga Yasanliel had a personal best in 50 Free, -.95. Mateusz Zalewski placed 5th in 50 Breast, -.68. Brianna Zhang had a great meet, placing 4th in 200 IM, -2.87, 4th 100 Breast, -2.20, and 1st 200 Fly, -1.36. Ellen Zuckerbrod had two best times, including a great 2.91 drop in 50 Breast.
Top Relays
Girls 9-10 400 Free 7th place: Heili Jalakas, Ellen Zuckerbrod, Lucy Ward and Marlowe Johnson. Boys 9-10 400 Free 5th place: Colby Comfort, Cosimo DeSantis, Harvey Pena and Tolga Yasanliel. Girls 11-12 400 Free 7th place: Selen Yasanliel, Reagan Adiletta, Liisa Jalakas and Keriana Velazquez. Girls 13 & 14 200 Free 8th place: Brianna Zhang, Lily Voigt, Camila Marquez and Tishan Wu. Boys 13 & 14 200 Free 2nd: Andrew Rodriguez, Bryant Quispe, Alex Khilko and Christian Davidson. Boys 13 & 14 400 Medley 2nd place: Bryant Quispe, Alex Khilko, Andrew Rodriguez and Christian Davidson.

Congratulations to all who competed. Thanks to the parents who helped with the timing. Great job Piranhas! 

CT Age Group Championships
On March 15-17, eight Darien Piranhas swimmers competed at the 2019 Short Course Age Group Championships in Stamford. The Piranhas were represented by a small but mighty group of swimmers including John Frankowski, Michael Frankowski, Alex Khilko, Andrew Rodriguez, Oskar Sulkowski, Salma Thomas, Khrystos Yika-Nacarino and Brianna Zhang

Top 20 places:
John Frankowski – 11th 1000 Free, 14th 100 Back, 14th 50 Free. 
Alex Khilko placed – 18th in 200 Breast, 17th 400 IM
Oskar Sulkowski – 12th 100 Back, 15th 100 Free, 15th 50 Back
Relays:  Congratulations to John Frankowski, Khrystos Yika-Nacarino, Alex Khilko and Andrew Rodriguez for breaking the 13/14 Boys 400 Medley relay Team record.  That record was previously held for over ten years.  The Boys teamed up three more times that weekend and placed 12th in the 200 Medley relay, 15th in the 200 Freestyle relay, and 13th in the 400 Freestyle relay.    Great effort from all!  Thanks to all parent volunteers.  GO PIRANHAS!  

CT Regional Championships @ Greenwich YMCA, 3/1-3/3
The excitement and expectation levels were high for the 61 Piranha swimmers and their coaches leading up to this meet and after the water settled, it was clear that the Piranhas swam very well, with over 150 life-time best times, and 86 top 16 finishes! 
Top finishers and improvements:
Felix Absolonne had six top 10 finishes, placing 10th 100 IM, 9th 50 Breast, 8th 50 Free-, .77, 6th 50 Fly, -.94, 3rd 200 Breast, -5.27, and 3rd 100 Breast, -4.89. Reagan Adiletta had a personal best in 50 Breast, -1.60. Amy Baiocco had a nice 2.33 drop in 50 Free. Molly Baum had five best times with a great 7.17 drop in 200 Free.Grace Berry had three best times and finished 13th in 50 Free and 11th 100 Breast, -1.42. Brooke Bodick placed 12th in 100 Fly. Ryan Bodick had a personal best in 100 IM, -3.28. Neil Chaudhari had three best times, with a great 3.38 drop in 100 Free. Asher Daniel had two best times, with a nice 4.18 drop in 50 Free. Cosimo DeSantis had two best times and placed 12th in 100 Back, -1.67.  Michael Frankowski had seven top 10 finishes, with his top finish of 4th in 50 Back, -.52, and 3rd place 200 Back, -5.54. Paula Frankowski placed 9th in 100 Back, -2.21, and 6th 50 Free. Mischa Gagliardi had a personal best in 50 Breast, -.50. Roman Gagliardi had three best times, with a nice 2.85 drop in 100 Back. Isabel Geca had two best times, with a nice 3.79 drop in 50 Fly. Lila Gianukakis had a great 5.36 drop in 100 Fly. Hannah Gould placed 8th in 100 Fly, -4.46, and 6th in 200 Fly. Maryan Guzman placed 9th in 200 Fly. Heili Jalakas had a nice 2.05 drop in 100 Free. Tyler Jefferson had a great 6.12 drop in 50 Breast. Marlowe Johnson had two best times, a 2.64 drop in 50 Free. Sophia Karidas had six best times and placed 8th in 200 Back, -3.15, and 7th 200 Fly, -2.98. Alex Khilko placed 2nd in 100 Fly, -1.85, 2nd 200 Free, -2.42, and 1st 100 Back. Daphne Konstantinis placed 8th in 100 Breast, -1.25. Emerson Langeveld placed 8th in 50 Free, -1.26 and 5th 50 Fly, -1.16. Mia Langeveld had three best times with a great 6.57 drop in 100 Fly. Nolan Lovegrove placed 5th in 200 Free, -.21, 2nd 100 Back, and 1st 50 Free. Nick Lucas had a nice 2.09 drop in 50 Breast. Erin Luecke had five best times and placed 15th in 200 Breast, -3.01. Scott Luecke placed 16th in 100 IM, -3.50, 13th 100 Breast, -6.30, and 11th 200 Free. Hanna Marcus had two best times, with a big 6.45 drop in 50 Fly. Camila Marquez had a personal best in 100 Breast, -1.54. Brendan McCarthy had a best time in 50 Breast, -2.03. IsabelleMcCulloch had a great 3.98 drop in 50 Free. William Moles had six best times and placed 11th in 100 Breast, -5.90. Rian Moran placed 13th in 100 Fly. Caroline Morrison had a big 9.79 drop in 100 Free. Sophia Palacio had a best time in 50 Free, -1.29. JakePatterson placed 13th in 50 Breast, -.39. Harvey Pena had six best times and placed 5th in 200 IM, -24.23. Grace Quinn had a personal best in 50 Breast, -3.50. Bryant Quispe had four best times and placed 8th in 100 Free, and 3rd 200 Back, -2.03. Bridget Ritchie placed 11th in 100 Back and 8th 100 Breast. David Ritchie placed 15th in 100 Free, -.72, and 10th 200 Free. Andrew Rodriguez placed 9th in 200 Free, 7th 200 IM, -2.45, 7th 100 Breast, 5th 100 Back, 4th 200 Back, and 3rd 100 Fly. Denisse Salazar placed 10th in 200 Fly. Yashika Sharma placed 14th in 200 IM, -9.30. Maks Shemiako had three best times, with a nice 1.52 drop in 50 Back. Salma Thomas had an amazing meet, placing 3rd in 200 IM, -1.18, 3rd 100 IM, 2nd 50 Free, -1.11, and 1st in 200 Breast, -3.26. Nikolas Vasilko had two best times with a nice 2.63 drop in 100 Free. Keriana Velazquez had a great 3.20 drop in 50 Breast. Victoria Wloszek had a personal best in 50 Free, -2.35. Tishan Wu had a nice 2.10 drop in 100 Breast. Selen Yasanliel placed 6th in 50 Breast and 3rd 200 Breast, -3.53. Tolga Yasanliel had a best time in 50 Breast, -2.78. Khrystos Yika-Nacarino placed 5th in 200 Free, -8.97, 5th 200 IM, -4.19, 2nd 50 Free, -.60, and 1st 200 Fly, -9.94. Mateusz Zalewski placed 14th in 200 IM, -8.11, and 12th 100 Breast. Zofia Zalewski had three best times, with a big 11.74 drop in 50 Fly. Brianna Zhang placed 8th in 400 IM, -12.63. Congratulations to all Piranhas who competed and thanks to the parents who helped with the timing.

Bulldog Meet @ Yale, 2/9-2/10
The Piranhas finished out the regular season at the historic Robert J. H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT this past weekend.  The venue alone is worth the trip and the price of admission but once again the Piranha swimmers were the real show!  As Championship season looms, the Piranhas put forth their last “dress rehearsal” and came away from swimming’s hallowed ground with new Age Group cuts, great efforts and bushels of life-time best times.   Results coming soon.  Thanks to all our timing volunteers and officials.  I think at one time we had seven officials working the meet!

8/Under YMCA State Meet @ Brookfield, 2/3
On Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd, the Darien Piranhas Swim team had 5 swimmers compete at the 8 & Under Connecticut YMCA League Championship meet in Brookfield, Connecticut.  The Piranha swimmers had over a dozen best times and 8 first in heat-ducky winners!!! The meet was hosted by the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut. 

Best times and top finishers:  Hayden Hines had 3 best times with a great-3.79 drop in her 25 Free.  Quinn Rogers had 3 best times and placed 10th in her 25 Back-6.27.  Nikolas Vasilko was our top scoring Piranha placing 5th in his 25 Back-1.38, 3rd in his 25 Free-2.90, and 2nd in his 25 Breast-3.10.  Tolga Yasanliel placed 12th in his 25 Breast, 5th in his 25 Free-.94, and 3rd in his 25 Fly.  Ellen Zuckerbrod swam to 3 duckies and placed 8th in her 25 Free, and 8th in her 25 Breast.  Great Job Piranhas!!!    

Sat-Sun 1/26-27- 9-12 yr old Y States
On Saturday and Sunday, 24 Darien Y Piranha swimmers competed in the 2019 9-12 Y States.  This meet was held in Cheshire, hosted by the Cheshire Y Sea Dog Swim Team.  The Piranhas competed against some of the best swimmers from the state.  Congratulations to many of the Piranhas who successfully competed in the 100 Fly for the very first time! 

Top placements and improvements are as follows:  Reagan Adiletta had three best times with a great 12.61 drop in 100 Fly.  Amy Baiocco had a nice drop in 100 Back, -1.99.  Colby Comfort had two best times and placed 12th in 100 Fly.  Michael Frankowski had four best times and placed 7th in 50 Back, and 6th in 100 Back, -.44.  Roman Gagliardi had two best times, including in 50 Free, -3.30.  Maria Gardner had two best times with a 4.89 drop in 50 Free.  Marlowe Johnson had a best time in 100 IM, -5.73.  Emerson Langeveld had four best times, and a great 7.88 drop in 100 Fly.  Ethan Lublin had three best times and a huge 15.32 drop in 100 Back.  Scott Luecke had a personal best in 100 IM, -5.92.  Hanna Marcus had two best times and a nice 5.49 drop in 50 Breast.  Caroline Morrison had a 1.15 drop in 100 Free.  Sophia Palacio had a best time in 50 Free, -1.34.  Jake Patterson had a best time in 50 Breast, -2.37.  Grace Quinn had two best times and a huge 18.70 drop in 100 IM.  David Ritchie had a nice 12.20 drop in 100 Back.  Maks Shemiako had four best times and placed 11th in 100 Back, -1.64.  Congratulations to Oskar Sulkowski who was the top scoring Piranha, placing in the top ten in all his events:  10th 100 Breast, -10.89, 6th 100 Free, -.50, 6th 100 Back, 5th 100 Fly, 4th 50 Free and 4th 50 Back.  Salma Thomas placed 9th in 100 IM, -.52, and 4th in 50 Breast, -.45.  Keriana Velazquez had two best times and a 3.14 drop in 100 IM.  Victoria Wloszek had a best time in 50 Free, -3.22.  Selen Yasanliel had five best times, and a great 7.67 drop in 100 Back.  Mateusz Zalewski had a personal best in 50 Free, -3.07.  Congratulations to all.  Thank you to the parents who helped with timing and officiating.   

13/Over YMCA State Meet @ Westport YMCA, 1/18-19
This past weekend I had the pleasure of coaching the 13/Overs at the Y State Meet in Westport.  The meet consisted of a Friday distance/ 50’s of stroke session and each Saturday session ended with a good old fun time 25 freestyle!!  Yes, a 25 freestyle, something most of these kids haven’t done in over 5 years.  Once again, the Piranhas continued to support each other while nary a swim went by without multiple swimmers cheering and supporting their teammates.  I can’t stress enough how proud that makes me feel.   Not to mention, the kids swam really well, even in the afternoon 13/14 session when a fire drill sent the kids outside in 20 degree weather for about 20 minutes before the competition started.  Kids in both sessions had big time drops, best times, great efforts and great enthusiasm.   So much fun to watch and to be a part of a great group of kids improving and supporting each other.  #OneTeam.   Results coming soon. 

SMST Snowball Classic for 8-12 year olds, 1/5-1/6 @ Masuk High School, Monroe CT
The Piranhas started out the New Year with a bang!!  No sooner did the ball drop in Time Square, the Piranha 8-12 year olds were racing in 2019.   26 Piranha swimmers competed at the SMST Snowball Classic on January 5th & 6th in Monroe, CT.  This meet is becoming a staple on the Piranha schedule as this is the 4th consecutive year the Piranha 8-12 years olds have traveled north for this meet.  I am happy to say the Piranhas picked up in 2019 where they left off in 2018 and posted some impressive times, time drops and really did some great racing.  What’s most gratifying is the continued support the swimmers show for each other at swim meets.  They may not know it, but it makes a huge difference. The Piranhas are truly showing that this is #OneTeam!! 

Top 16 finishers:  Neil Chaudhari placed 14th in 100 Backstroke, Daphne Konstantinis placed 10th in 50 Breaststroke, Rian Moran placed 15th in 100 Breaststroke, Mateusz Zalewski placed 12th in 100 Backstroke and 13th in 50 Breaststroke.  Salma Thomas was our biggest point scorer of the weekend, placing 6th in 100 Butterfly, 3rd in 200 Freestyle and 2nd in 50 Freestyle.       

Big drops/improvements:  Reagan Adiletta had a nice drop in 100 Free, -1.51.  Neil Chaudhari had a 1.02 drop in 100 Free.  Asher Daniel had a great 2.98 drop in 50 Free.  Julia Desai had a personal best in 50 Breast, -2.77.  Cosimo DeSantis had a best time in 50 back, -2.55.  Nick Lucas had a nice 5.05 drop in 200 Free.  Scott Luecke had a personal best in 50 Back, -1.97.  Brendan McCarthy had a big 5.48 drop in 50 Free.  Rian Moran had a best time in  50 Free , -4.61.  Arden Nehro had a personal best in 50 Breast, -4.38.  Marin Nehro had a big drop in 50 Breast, -5.90.  Sophia Palacio had a nice 8.09 drop in  200 Free.  Jake Patterson had a best time in 50 Free, -4.87.  Gillian Prichard had a big 6.68 drop in 100 Free.  David Ritchie had a 1.01 drop in  50 Back.  Selen Yasanliel had a big 7.01 drop in 200 Free.  Tolga Yasanliel had a nice 3.24 drop in 50 Free.  Mateusz Zalewski had a personal best in 100 Free, -2.71.  Zofia Zalewski had a big 5.06 drop in 50 Fly.
Congratulations to Amy Baiocco who competed in her first USA meet, and Zofia Zalewski, Tolga Yasanliel and Julia Desai, three 8 year olds who “swam-up” in age group to compete at this meet, as well as all Piranhas who came and raced this weekend.  A big thank you to all the parents who volunteered with timing.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA @ Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery in Darien
Thanks to all those Piranhas who came out for this very special event.

RYWC 10/Under Santa Claus Classic @ Greenknolls Aquatic Center
21 Piranha swimmers competed at the Santa Claus Classic on Saturday, December 15th.  Each swimmer was entered to swim in four individual events.  The meet was very exciting as Santa Claus himself visited the swimmers during warm-up, and many of the Piranha swimmers dressed up in holiday hats and festive clothes, showing great team spirit and enthusiasm.

Top 8 finishers: Julia Desai placed 6th in 25 Fly.  Mischa Gagliardi placed 4th in 25 Breast. Kylie Langeveld placed 5th in 25 Free, -4.26, 4th 25 Fly, -5.78, and 2nd  25 Back, -2.05. Ella Michaelis placed 3rd in 50 Free, -5.77. Tessa Michaelis placed 4th in 25 Back, -3.96. Harvey Pena placed 6th in 100 IM, -2.64, 6th 50 Free, -2.29, and 5th 50 Breast. Maks Shemiako placed 4th in 100 IM, 3rd 50 Free, 3rd 50 Back and 2nd 50 Fly, -2.26. Oskar Sulkowski placed 2nd in 100 IM, 2nd 50 Free, 1st 50 Back and 1st 50 Breast. Jaden Sutter placed 7th in 25 Breast and 3rd 25 Free, -.66. Nikolas Vasilko placed 5th in 25 Fly, 4th 25 Back and 4th 25 Breast. Elsa Ward placed 7th in 25 Fly. Tolga Yasanliel placed 3rd in 25 Breast, -2.48, 2nd 25 Free, -1.20, 2nd 25 Fly, -1.27, and 1st 25 back, -1.11.        
Top 16 finishers: Camden Comfort placed 13th in 25 Fly. Julia Desai placed 15th in 25 Breast. Kylie Langeveld placed 14th in 25 Breast. Ella Michaelis placed 13th in 50 Back, 11th 100 IM and 10th 50 Free, -5.77. Tessa Michaelis placed 10th in 100 IM, -1.09, and 10th 25 Breast, -2.06. Lucy Ward placed 13th in 50 Fly and 13th 50 Breast, -1.39.        
Big improvements:  Hayden Hines had a nice 3.59 drop in 25 Free.  Tyler Jefferson had a 3.30 drop in 50 Back. Hanna Marcus had three best times, including a great 5.60 drop in 50 Back. Caroline Morrison dropped 3.19 in 50 Breast.  
Top 4 Relays:
Mixed 8 & Under 200 Medley, 1st place:  Nikolas Vasilko, Jaden Sutter, Tessa Michaelis and Tolga Yasanliel.
Mixed 10 & Under 200 Medley, 4th place:  Oskar Sulkowski, Ella Michaelis, Maks Shemiako and Caroline Morrison.
Mixed 8 & Under 200 Freestyle, 1st place: Nikolas Vasilko, Jaden Sutter, Tessa Michaelis and Tolga Yasanliel. 4th place:  Kylie Langeveld, Elsa Ward, Camden Comfort and Julia Desai.
Mixed 10 & Under 200 Freesstyle, 3rd place:  Maks Shemiako, Oskar Sulkowski, Caroline Morrison and Ella Michaelis.
Congratulations to all the Piranhas who competed.  Thank you to all Piranha parents who volunteered to time.

12/Over Sharks Meet @ Westhill High School
Results coming soon.  Great opportunity for our swimmers to swim a 200 fly for the first time!  

Chelsea Xmas Trials/Finals Meet @ Chelsea Piers, 11/30-12/2
While the Piranhas had a small group swimming fast in North Carolina, there was a great showing at home (56 swimmers) at the CPAC Christmas Invite.  The Piranhas, swimming their second trials/finals meet in three weekends, stepped up once again and continued their awesome season.  There was no shortage of best times and finals swims.  Having the opportunity to swim a trials/finals meet and swimming an event twice in one day are great opportunities.  Learning how to manage yourself between sessions, ie eating, resting, nerves, etc, takes experience.  It was fun and a great opportunity for the swimmers. 
Top 8 finishers:
Michael Frankowski placed 4th in 50 Free.  Maryan Guzman placed 8th in 100 Fly, -1.56. Ethan Keyes placed 6th in 200 Back.  Rian Moran placed 3rd in 50 Fly, -2.92.  Bryant Quispe placed 7th in 50 Free, -.44, 8th 100 Back, -1.28, and 5th in 200 Free, -9.68.  Oskar Sulkowski placed 7th in 100 IM, 6th 100 Free, -1.62, 3rd 50 Free, -2.72, 2nd 100 Back, -.12 and 2nd 50 Back, -1.68. Salma Thomas placed 6th in 100 Breast, -4.32. Selen Yasanliel placed 8th in 100 Free, -1.72, 7th 50 Fly, -2.10 and 2nd 50 Breast. Andrew Rodriguez had a great meet, placing in the top 8 in five of his events:  5th 200 Back, -15.68, 4th 100 Free-, .07, 7th 200 Free, -1.02, 7th 100 Back and 3rd 50 Free.
Top 16 finishers: Michael Frankowski placed 15th in 100 Back. Paula Frankowski placed 14th in 100 Back, -.20. Maryan Guzman placed 13th in 100 Free, -.85. Sophia Karidas placed 10th in 200 Back, -6.80, 11th 100 Fly, -1.27, 15th 100 Back and 16th 200 Free, -7.05. Emerson Langeveld placed 12th in 50 Fly, -2.39. Rian Moran placed 12th in 50 Breast, -7.88. Hope Murray placed 9th 200 Fly and 16th 100 Fly, -9.64. Bridget Ritchie placed 14th 200 Back, -4.76 and 13th in 100 Back, -.40. Andrew Rodriguez placed 10th in 50 Fly.   Maks Shemiako placed 12th 50 Free, -2.72, 12th 50 Fly, 11th 100 IM, -3.02, 11th 50 Back, -1.83 and 9th 50 Back, -5.09. Oskar Sulkowski placed 9th in 50 Fly, -.29. Salma Thomas placed 14th in 50 Free, -.51 and 9th in 100 IM, -4.71. Brandon Yao placed 14th in 100 Breast. 
Significant drops and improvements:  Molly Baum had a huge 17.95 drop in 200 Free. Ryan Bodick had a nice drop in 100 Free, -2.25. Neil Chaudhari had a big 10.89 improvement in 100 IM. Colby Comfort had five best times with a great 13.74 drop in 100 IM. Cosimo DeSantis had a best time in 100 Free, -3.16. Lila Gianukakis had a 4.70 drop in 100 Fly. Sasha Intile had a huge 15.63 drop in 100 Fly. Marlowe Johnson had five best times, including a 4.08 drop in 50 Free. Mia Langeveld had a massive 36.44 drop in 200 IM. Erin Luecke had a 7.73 drop in 100 Fly. Scott Luecke had a nice 4.37 drop in 50 Back. Hanna Marcus had a great 6.33 drop in 50 Back. Brendan McCarthy had a 5.83 drop in 100 Free. Ella Michaelis had a big 13.31 drop in 100 Free. Rian Moran had a nice 7.88 drop in 50 Breast. Marin Nehro had a great 7.57 drop in 50 Free. Lara Philip had a 6.13 drop in 100 Free. David Ritchie had a big 9.40 drop in 50 Back. Lily Voigt had a 9.06 drop in 200 IM. Lucy Ward had a 7.94 drop in 50 Free. 

Arena Capital Classic @ Cary, North Carolina, 11/30-12/2
Ten Piranhas traveled to Cary, NC for one of the fastest 18/under meets on the east coast.  For some it was the their first overnight swim travel trip.  The kids not only swam fast, but not one swim went by without a group of Piranhas cheering and supporting their teammates.  The level or support and camaraderie was awesome!  I am very proud with how the Piranhas conducted themselves all weekend!  

Wilton YMCA Thanksgiving Meet, 11/18-11/20
50 Piranha swimmers competed at the Wilton Wahoos YMCA Thanksgiving Invite at the Wilton YMCA.  YMCA teams from all over Connecticut, and as far away as Maryland, attended the meet.  The meet comprised a Friday evening distance session for 9/Overs, along with 13/over and 9-12 year old sessions on Saturday and Sunday.  The 11 & over Piranhas had the opportunity to qualify for a finals session later in the evening on Saturday and Sunday.  The top twelve finishers in each event in the prelims (morning races) were eligible to swim again at night in the finals.

Event Winner:  Selen Yasanliel 50 Free, -1.52, 200 IM, -1.11, 100 Breast, and 50 Back, -2.53!
Top 6 Finishers:  Felix Absolonne 4th 100 IM, -3.62, 3rd 100 Breast, -1.89, 6th 100 Fly, -7.57, 4th 50 Breast, 3rd 50 Fly, -.96 and 6th in the 100 Free, -.80.  John Frankowski 3rd 200 IM, -.26, 4th 200 Fly, -19.19 and 3rd 100 Back, -2.18.  Michael Frankowski 5th 200 Free, -.54, 6th 50 Free, 5th 100 Breast, -2.34, 2nd 50 Back, 3rd 100 Back, -.70, 5th 50 Breast, and 4th 100 Free, -3.11.  Alex Khilko 2nd 200 Breast, -14.01 and 3rd 200 IM, -1.10.  Scott Luecke 6th 200 Free.  Oskar Sulkowski 4th 100 Back, 3rd 100 Free, -1.06 and 2nd 50 Breast, -5.34.  Salma Thomas 5th 100 Free, -.10 and 4th 50 Breast Selen Yasanliel 4th 100 IM.
Top 12 Finishers:  John Barsanti 8th 400 IM, 8th 100 Back and 8th 200 IM.  Brooke Bodick 11th 100 Fly.  Harry FitzPatrick 8th 200 Fly.  Maryan Guzman 12th 200 Fly.  Sophia Karidas 11th 200 Fly.  Daphne Konstantinis 9th 50 Breast.  Erin Luecke 11th 200 Breast.  Will Moles 8th 200 Breast and 11th in 200 IM.  David Ritchie 11th 50 Fly and 8th 50 Breast.  Maks Shemiako 12th 100 IM and 9th in 100 Free.  Salma Thomas 7th 50 Free and 10th 50 Fly.  Brandon Yao 10th 100 Breast.  Mateusz Zalewski 10th 100 Free, 12th 50 Fly, 7th 50 Breast and 7th 100 Breast.  Helen Zhou 11th 100 IM.
Big drops and improvements:  Reagan Adiletta had a big 6.95 drop in the 100 Breast. Molly Baum had a huge 18.33 drop in 100 Free and a great 10.14 drop in 100 Fly.  Ryan Bodick had a big drop in 100 Breast, -12.26.  Leanna Li had a big 7.39 drop in 100 IM.  Nick Lucas had a nice 6.51 drop in 50 Free.  Isabelle McCulloch had a nice drop in 100 IM, -12.98.  Sophia Palacio had a 9.41 drop in 100 Breast.  Harvey Pena had a personal best in 100 Breast, -9.48.  Denisse Salazar had a nice 3.63 drop in 200 Free.  Sofia Schimmeck had a big drop in 100 IM, -14.44.  Yashika Sharma had a best time in 100 Fly, -6.36. Keriana Velazquez had three best times, with a big 18.94 drop in 100 IM.  Lily Voigt had a great 26.93 drop in 200 Free.  
Congratulations to all the Piranhas who competed! Big thanks to all the parents who volunteered to time. 

Piranha 200 IM Meet, 11/7 @ Darien YMCA
Another great Piranha hosted meet!  Congratulations to Salma Thomas for winning the Piranha 200 IM meet.  She beat everyone, including the boys!  Congratulations to all the Piranhas.  We are on a roll.  The number of personal best swims are many.  Some of the kids even swam a best time in the 50 fly on the way to the 200 IM.  Great job.  Again thanks to our awesome officials and parents for timing and officiating.   Results will be posted soon.

Piranha Mile Meet, 11/7 @ Darien YMCA
Another great distance meet for the Piranhas.  Along with personal bests in the 16500, many of the kids were out faster to the 1000 than they were a month ago in the 1000 meet we hosted.  Once again we had swimmers attain a personal best in the 500 as well and a few who had a personal best in the 200!!  This is all on the way to a mile of racing (66 lengths of the pool).  These improvements show that our kids are getting stronger, faster, increasing their endurance and developing.  The progress is fun to watch.  Again thanks to our awesome officials and parents for timing and officiating.   Results will be posted soon.

CPAC Meet, 11/2-11/3 @ Chelsea Piers
We had some really awesome swims for our first meet weekend of the season!  Besides the time drops, the effort and enthusiasm from everyone was really great to be a part of.  I get just as excited for a 10 year old kid who nails the flip turn for the first time as I do for a kid hitting a personal best.  I had several 13-14 year old girls trying the IM backstroke to breaststroke crossover turn for the first time in competition.  It was awesome to see the kids have the courage to try in a meet situation something that they might not have been 100% comfortable with.  Some of the kids got disqualified because they didn’t do it quite right, but I didn’t care,  I was just so proud of what they weren’t afraid to do.  The entire weekend was filled with stories like that.  Really awesome way to start the season!  Thanks to all the parent timers and officials.  As always, the Piranhas had a great presence on deck and in the pool.   Results coming soon.

BGNW 8/Under Meet 11/3 @ Mount Kisco
Great swimming, fun times and a great way to start out the meet season.  It truly was an enjoyable morning and afternoon with our youngest swimmers.  All the kids were so much fun to be around and they did their best, gave a great effort and had fun in the process.  At the end of the day, that is all we can ask for from the kids.  If you timed please let the Piranha office know.  Results.

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