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Piranhas take high-point trophies at All-Stars

PALESTINE, July 24, 2014-- Palestine YMCA Piranhas Madison Crader (12), Summer Hagan (14), and Eli West (18) staked their claim last Saturday, during the East Texas Summer Swim (ETSSL) League All-Stars Meet in the Solheim Center at Le Tourneau University.  The event was hosted by the Longview Swim Club. 

Crader took top honors and the first place high-point trophy in the Girls 11 -12 age group by placing first with a best time in 50 yard freestyle (29.88), first in her premier event of 50 yard breaststroke (37.12) and third in 100 I.M. (1:19.10).

“She had an amazing meet,” commented Piranha Head Coach Kathrine Newton.  “We were all especially thrilled when she touched the wall in her 50 free and broke that thirty second barrier—with a second-and-a-half time improvement no less!”

Hagan earned a second place high-point trophy in the Girls 13 -14 age group with two gold medals in 50 yard freestyle (28.06) and 50 yard backstroke (33.69).  She completed her run with a bronze medal in the 50 yard butterfly (32.28).

“Summer is no stranger to high stakes races,” said Newton.  “She is a strong competitor who knows what she needs to do to get the job done.”

West won the third place high-point trophy in the Boys 15 & Over group by touching the wall first in the 50 yard butterfly (82.69), second in the 50 yard freestyle (25.91), and fourth in the 50 yard breaststroke (36.28).

“This is the first time Eli has taken home a high-point trophy in his career as a Piranha,” noted Newton.  “I am so pleased for him.”

Other Piranha standouts were John Berry (10) Kacie Kimbrough (11), Chase Fields (11), and Rosa Hernandez (15).

Berry enjoyed a second place finish in the Boys 9 -10 25 yard breaststroke (30.94).

Kimbrough tied with teammate Crader for a first place in the Girls 11 – 12 50 yard freestyle and placed second in 50 yard breaststroke (42.03). 

Fields came in second in the Boys 11 -12 50 yard butterfly (37.31).

Hernandez swam to a silver medal finish in the Girls 15 & Over 50 yard breaststroke with a best time of 40.56.

The Piranhas will be in Frisco this weekend competing in the YMCA Texas State Swim Championship hosted by the Dallas Metropolitan YMCA.

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