The YMCA of Indiana County Piranhas swim team recently won the Western Pennsylvania YMCA Swimming League championship, and several swimmers went on to win championships in the State Games of America.
Indiana topped 13 teams for the WPYSL championship, outscoring its closest competitor by more than 250 points. The Piranhas won 23 events, taking 19 individual titles and four relays.
Elizabeth Griffith won three events and swam on a winning relay to pace the girls’ team, which took first place overall in the team standings. She won the 8-and-under 25 freestyle, 100 individual medley and 50 freestyle and anchored the 100 freestyle relay.
Four swimmers won two events each. Parker Fanella won the 15-and-over 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke; Peyton Scott took the 11-12 200 individual medley and 50 breaststroke; Eliana Long won the 9-10 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle; and Brooklyn Braun took the 6-and-under 25 freestyle and 25 backstroke.
Also posting wins in the 8-and-under bracket were Emelia Ross in the 25 butterfly; Laura Keppich in the 25 backstroke; and Jordan Neal in the 25 breaststroke.
Joining Griffith on the relay team were Jordyn Grove, Ross and Neal.
The boys finished second in the team competition, but the girls racked up enough points to ensure Indiana the overall title.
Preston Kessler won three events to lead the boys, taking the 11-12 200 individual medley, 100 freestyle and 50 breaststroke, and he swam on two winning relays.
Also winning individual events were Alex Nunez in the 9-10 50 freestyle and Alex Bauer in the 13-14 200 individual medley.
Kessler swam on winning relays with Rey Nunez, Joey Margita and Eli Aiken in the 11-12 200 freestyle and 200 medley.
Cole Thome, Isaac Griffith, Anthony Scott and Kyle Thome teamed up to win the 13-and-over 200 freestyle relay.
In the State Games of America at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va, Harley Kessler led the girls and Preston Kessler paced the boys.
Harley won the 17-18 200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke, 100 LC breaststroke, 200 freestyle and 200 breaststroke, and Preston won the 11-12 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 100 LC freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 50 LC breaststroke, 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
Also winning events in the girls’ meet were Peyton Scott in the 11-12 50 breaststroke and Jordyn Grove in the 7-8 50 breaststroke.
In the boys’ meet, Kyle Thome won the 15-16 100 backstroke, 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle; Cole Thome took the 17-18 100 breaststroke; and Alex Bauer won the 13-14 100 breaststroke.