August 17th, 2016 ~ Vol. 85 No. 32
Pass Piranha swim club wins gold at Regional Swim Meet
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Derek Chomiak Photo
Jorja Mercer-Penney, third from the left and Zoe Civitarese, fifth from the left getting ready for the girls 13 & 14 50m breaststroke race.
Pass Herald Staff
It was a fantastic weekend of swimming for members of the Pass Piranhas Swim Club on the weekend of August 13.

The Piranhas represented the Crowsnest Pass during the year-end regional championship held in Lethbridge.

The swim club began the season on May 1 training three hours a day, four days a week to represent their club at this meet, a precursor to the Alberta Summer Swim Association (ASSA) Provincial meet to be held in Edmonton on the August 19 weekend. The team is one of only a few clubs in summer swimming who swim in an outdoor pool. Summer swimming only lasts four months from May 1st until Provincials during the third week of August. Because the local pool was not opened until the long-weekend in July the team was forced to train in Pincher Creek. Despite these facts the club is a force to be reckoned with in the Regionals.

ASSA currently has 3301 swimmers from 58 clubs registered within the province, broken into six swimming zones. From a regional competition, each zone sends their top two swimmers to Provincials.

The Piranhas bought 23 swimmers to the competition and at the end of the meet won the Net Aggregate points for Zone F. Zone F clubs include Brooks, Claresholm, Fort Macleod, Lethbridge, Nanton, Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass and Taber. Net Aggregate award is based on each swimmer at the meet and points they accumulate in each event. For example a first place finish gives the club 9 points, a second place finish 7 points down to 1 point for eight place. The average points brought in for each Piranhas swimmer was 19.98 The second place finisher, the Taber Vipers, came in at 19.03 points per swimmer.

According to coach Cole Midtdale, “The Pass Piranhas had an excellent swim meet this past weekend in Lethbridge. After weeks of hard training and technical work, it was great to see the kids performing at their fullest potential. The conditioning I put them through to get them ready certainly wasn’t easy, but they persevered as a team and it paid off huge at Regionals. I can honestly say that every single swimmer that attended the meet really stepped it up and left everything they had in the pool. We’ve had a fantastic season already but this past weekend we managed to compete on a whole other level. Taking home the banner for Net Point Winner of the region was only further confirmation that these kids have been putting in the time and effort. With only a week leading up to Provincials, we still have many things I think we can still work on, but I’m very excited to see how we perform. We have some swimmers and relays that have the possibility to medal, so it should be an interesting weekend.”
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The following is the individual results from the meet.

Taylor Amos
6th in 50m breast, 100m breast, 10 in 100m IM and 12th in 50m free.

Ethan Ballak
1st in 100m IM, 50m breast, 100m breast and 2nd in 50m back.

Samantha Bleich
1st in 100m back, 2nd in 50m back, 2nd in 100m IM and 3rd in 50m fly.

Zoe Civitarese
2nd in 100m IM, 100m breast and 50m breast and 4th in 50 free.

Olivia Collings
2nd in 100m breast, 50m breast, 3rd in 100m IM, 4th in 50m breast.

Neleta Crombie
7thn in 50m free, 19th in 25m back, 11th in 25m breast and 17th in 25 free.

Bryar Cytko
23 in 25m back, 25 in 25m free.

Aiden Douglas
4th in 50m fly 5th in 200m free, 7th in 100m free and 9th in 50m free.

Quinn Douglas
1st in 25m back, 50m back, 2nd in 100m IM and 4th in 25m fly.

Alex Ewen
3rd in 100m breast, 4th in 50m breast, 100m free and 100 breast.

Lyndon Ewen
3rd in 100m back, 100m IM 200m free and 100m back.

Tristan Ewen
1st in 100m free and 50m free, 2nd in 25m breast and 50m breast.

Peyton Hammer
2nd in 50m breast, 5th in 25m breast, 6th in 50m free and 11th in 25m free.

Alexandra Harrington
2nd in 200m free, 3rd in 100m free, 4th in 50m back and 6th in 50m free.

Emma Harrington
11th in 25m fly, 13th in 25m breast, 14th in 50m free and 15th in 25m back

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Jorja Mercer-Penney
2nd in 200m IM, 3rd in 50m breast, 100m breast and 4th in 100m IM.

Cole Midtdal
1st in 50m fly, 100m free, 3rd in 50m back and 4th in 50m fly.

Reed Plosz
4th in 25m free, 25m back, 25 free and 5th in 25m back.

Hailey Reeve
7th in 100m IM, 50m breast, 8th in 100m IM and 13th in 50m free.

Claudia van der Veen
1st in 50m free, 2nd in 25m fly, 50m fly and 3rd in 25m breast.

Colette van der Veen
1st in 25m back, 25m breast, 25m free and 50m free.

Detlev van der Veen
1st in 50m breast.

Jaylyn Wilson
1stin 50m breast, 2nd in 25m breast, 4th in 50m back and 6th in 25m back.

Girls 8 & Under Medley Relay with Neleta Crombie, Jaylyn Wilson, Peyton Hammer and Colette van der Veen, 1st place.

Girls 8 & Under Free Relay with Neleta Crombie, Jaylyn Wilson, Peyton Hammer and Bryar Cytko, 1st place.

10 & Under Mixed Medley Relay with Claudia van der Veen, Colette van der Veen, Tristan Ewen and Quinn Douglas, 1st.

10 & Under Mixed Free Relay with Claudia van der Veen, Colette van der Veen, Tristan Ewen and Quinn Douglas, 1st

14 & Under Mix Medley Relay with Alexandra Harrington, Olivia Collings, Lyndon Ewen and Aiden Douglas, 2nd

14 & Under Free Relay with Alexandra Harrington, Olivia Collings, Lyndon Ewen and Aiden Douglas, 1st.

17 & Over Mixed Medley Relay with Alen Ewen, Zoe Civitarese, Sam Bleich and Ethan Ballak, 1st.

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