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Piranhas perform well at ETSSL meet in Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES, June 25, 2014-- The Palestine YMCA Piranhas competed last Saturday, in the first East Texas Summer Swim League (ETSSL) regular meet of the season in Nacogdoches, at the Lehmann Swim Center.  The event was hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Nacogdoches and Ambush Swimming. 

Following the Time Trials, the ETSSL splits the region’s teams and conducts two meets on Saturdays for the following two weekends.  This past weekend, the Piranhas faced-off against two teams from Longview: Champion Aquatic Team and Longview Swim Club; The Marshall Marlins; and Ambush.  Ambush Swimming is comprised of athletes from both Nacogdoches and Lufkin.

The Mixed 11-12 year old 200 yard medley relay team of Kacie Kimbrough (11), Madison Crader (12), Chase Fields (11), and Grace An George (11) got the Piranhas off to a good start with a first place win (2:30.24).  In the medley relay, each individual swims a different stroke: Backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle respectively.

Piranhas noticed for their first place successes were Crader in the Girls 11-12 50 yard breaststroke (38.58), Fields in the Boys 11-12 100 yard Individual Medley (1:21.05), and Summer Hagan (14) in the Girls 13-14 50 yard freestyle (28.31), 50 yard backstroke (33.42), and 50 yard butterfly (32.20).

“I am very proud of all 29 Piranhas who attended the meet,” said Head Coach Kathrine Newton, “Everyone swam their best time in at least one event.”

The Piranhas will be back in Nacogdoches this coming Saturday, looking forward to taking on Ambush again and testing their skills against Tyler’s Flying Fish, and Athens’ Megalodons.     


Photo: Madison Crader (12) on her way to a fifth place finish in the Girls 11-12 50 yard butterfly during the East Texas Summer Swim League Regular Meet in Nacogdoches at the Lehmann Swim Center of the Boys and Girls Club on June 21

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