The Fort Saskatchewan Piranhas Swim Club has wrapped up a successful summer season.
The Piranhas club completed their summer season with the Region C Swim Meet in Camrose from August 5 to 7 and the Alberta Summer Swim Association Provincial Final Meet on August 12 to 14, 2022.
At the Region C Meet, the Piranhas were hugely successful, achieving 10 individual and two relay team gold medals, 10 individual and four relay team silver medals, and 13 individual bronze medals. The top two swimmers in each age and event progressed to the Provincial competition, along with alternates and wild card swimmers, based on times in the meet.
The local club previously hosted the Alberta Region C summer swim clubs at Harbour Pool in Fort Saskatchewan on July 23.
The Provincial competition brought summer swim clubs from across Alberta to the Kinsmen Sports Centre in Edmonton to give their best performances in three days of activity at the pool. As a team, the Piranhas placed 15th out of 46 Teams across Alberta, with many of the other teams having double or triple the number of swimmers.
Head Coach, Laura Harvey praised the young swimmers for their hard work throughout the summer, saying: “I am so proud of our swimmers and the improvements they have made this year. We have had an amazingly successful season and I feel so grateful to be a part of this incredible organization.”
Piranhas swimmers turned in fantastic performances at the Provincial Competition. Gold medals went to Anna Curley for 50 m Backstroke (Girls 11-12) and to Zubail Dzhabrailov for 100 m Butterfly (Boys 13-14).
Silver medals were awarded to Brittica Davis for 200 m Freestyle and 50 Backstroke (Girls 9-10), Anna Curley for 200 m and 400 m Freestyle (Girls 11-12), and Zubail Dzhabrailov for 200m Individual Medley (Boys 13-14).
The Mixed 10 and under team of Presley Charron, Braeden Paul, Gerry Basha, and Jewelz Peterson also won silver medals for their 100 m Freestyle Relay.
The team continued their wins and brought home five individual and two relay team third place finishes.
Individual bronze medals were awarded to Braeden Paul for 50 m Backstroke (Boys 9-10), Braydan Davis for 400 m Freestyle (Boys 11-12), Anna Curley for 100 m Backstroke (Girls 11-12), Grace Laybourne for 400 m Freestyle (Girls 11-12), and Zubail Dzhabrailov for 50 m Butterfly (Boys 13-14).
The Girls 12 and under 200 m Freestyle team of Ysabel Alvarez, Brittica Davis, Grace Laybourne, and Anna Curley won bronze medals for their performance. The Mixed 10 and Under 100 m Medley Relay team also won bronze medals with the team consisting of Braeden Paul, Jewelz Peterson, Presley Charron, and Gerry Basha.
“We certainly had an amazing experience as a new swimming family. Everyone has been so patient, helpful, and welcoming. Avery will definitely be swimming again next year. Huge thanks to all of the volunteers and coaches, as the Piranhas would not be possible without you,” expressed Tiffany Possberg, parent of nine-year-old swimmer, Avery.
The Piranhas swim team is a summer swim club under the Alberta Summer Swimming Association (ASSA) that is in its 67th continuous year of operation after starting in 1957 under the name “Mantas” at the former outdoor pool in Fort Saskatchewan. This year’s team has swimmers ranging from 4 to 16 years of age who aspired for “personal improvements as well as placing in competitions.”
Registration for the next May to August swim season of the Piranhas will be in spring 2023, with swimmers of all ages and skill levels welcome.
-with files provided by Elaine Wasylenchuk