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PALESTINE, July 1, 2014-- The Palestine YMCA Piranhas were back in Nacogdoches last Saturday, for the second of their East Texas Summer Swim League (ETSSL) regular swimming meets. The summer meet was again hosted by Ambush Swimming of the Boys and Girls Club of Nacogdoches, in the Lehmann Swim Center, but this time included the Fun Forest Flying Fish of Tyler and the Megalodons of Athens.
Eight-year-old Braedan Harris got the Piranhas off to a good start with a first place and a personal best time in the Boys 8 & under 25 yard freestyle (16.98). His successful Saturday morning ended with two second places in the 25 yard backstroke (20.91) and the 25 yard butterfly (22.85) and with a third place in the 25 yard breastroke (25.34).
Teammate John Berry (10) started his blue ribbon collection with an inaugural overall win and a personal best time in the Boys 9 – 10 25 yard breaststroke (23.10). He also finished third overall in both the 25 yard freestyle (18.72) and the 25 yard butterfly (22.51).
Chase Fields (11), Kacie Kimbrough (11), Madison Crader (12) and Summer Hagan (14) continued to add to their blue ribbon count.
In the Boys 11 – 12 100 yard individual medley Fields out swam his competition by more than two seconds (1:22.95) and in the 50 yard butterfly by nearly six seconds (38.96).
For third time this season Kimbrough topped the Girls 11 – 12 50 yard freestyle (30.24) and, with a personal best, the Girls 11 – 12 50 yard butterfly (35.41).
Crader earned another first in the Girls 11 -12 50 yard breaststroke (38.80) and was on the leader board with a first place and personal best in the individual medley (1:18.18).
With the help of Sam Veneris (12), the same 11 -12 year-old-trio handily swam to a first place finish in the Mixed 200 yard freestyle relay (2:13.48). Their closest competitor was nearly twelve seconds behind them.
Not to be outdone, Hagan touched the wall first in the Girls 13 -14 50 yard freestyle (28.34) and in the 50 yard backstroke (33.44).
The Piranhas will rest this weekend and get ready to resume their busy July schedule starting with the ETSSL Champs Meet in Lufkin, the following Saturday.
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