YOUTH SWIMMING: Piranhas win, set multiple records
YMCA of Indiana County Piranhas swimmers set multiple team records and earned bids to move on to the next level of competition in recent postseason events.
Joey Margita led the Piranhas at the Western District Novice Championships, held at Somerset High School for swimmers ages 8 and under. Margita swept all of his events, finishing first in the boys’ 6-and-under 25 freestyle, 25 butterfly and 25 backstroke. He set a team record in the backstroke at 19.40 seconds. Ben Campbell took first in 25 breaststroke, and Luca Narona nabbed third in the 25 freestyle.
On the girls’ side in 6-and-under, Luciana Menta led the way, taking first in the 25 butterfly 25 backstroke. Ava King claimed a first-place finish in the 25 free, clocking in at 19.36 to break a team record that had stood since 1988. Peyton Scott took first in the 25 breaststroke and second in the 25 backstroke. Ava King finished second in 25 butterfly.
In the boys’ 8-and-under division, Preston Kessler took first in the 25 freestyle, second in the mixed 50 breaststroke and third in the 25 breaststroke. Alex Bauer placed third in the 25 backstroke.
Julia King won the 25 breaststroke in the girls’ division and finished third in the 100 individual medley. Yana Narona finished second in the 25 freestyle.
At the second event, the Western Pennsylvania District B Championship, held at California University of Pennsylvania, Cormac Pagnucci led the Piranhas with victories in the boys’ 11-12 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly and 200 individual medley. Loughlin Pagnucci followed his brother with a first-place finish in the 10-under 50 butterfly.
In the girls’ events, Leah Amsler took first in the 10-under 50 backstroke, second in the 9-10 50 backstroke and third in the 9-10 50 butterfly. Gwendolyn Lindberg took first in the 11-12 50 backstroke and third in the 50 butterfly. Laura Skillin added a third-place finish in 11-12 50 breaststroke.
Amsler and Lindberg qualified for the district championships in the 50 backstroke.