Swimmers on the newly-formed Pagosa Piranhas Swim Team traveled to Delta last weekend to compete in their first sanctioned meet of the season. The athletes, ages 8 to 14, achieved notable results for competition this early in the season.
Three swimmers were fast enough to qualify for the state competition being held in Colorado Springs in August: Trevor Bryant in the 50-meter freestyle and 50 backstroke (with times of 38.56 and 48.63 respectively); Erin Monkiewicz in the 25-free (17.52), 25 breaststroke (24.69), and 25-butterfly (23.760); and James Berndt in the 50-free, with a time of 33.09.
Other impressive swims came from Joey Berndt with Western Slope qualifying times in both the 50 back and 50 free, with times of 51.80 and 43.06. In addition, Devan Monkiewicz had two Western Slope qualifiers, in the 50-free and 50-breaststroke, at 36.19 and 49.56.
As for some of the other swimmers in attendance who are new to the pool and competition, with the help of some veteran swimmers, they stuck an impressive third-place finish in the 10 and under, individual medley relay. The team members were Ann Everett, Joey Berndt, Trevor Bryant and Sophia Raymond. The 12 and over mixed free relay of Trevor Bryant, Erin Monkiewicz, Andrew Everett and Evan Everett earned a third-place finish. In his first appearance in a meet, Andrew Everett had two second-place finishes, in the 100-free and 100-back.
The Piranhas will compete this summer at a number of meets throughout the state with the bulk being held during the month of June. Team members are working hard combining a competitive swim program with Esichen’s Yoga and nutrition in an effort to be well-rounded athletes.
When Coach Marky Egan was asked what her goals were for the team, she replied, “To have all swimmers swim the four strokes legally and, so far, half the team has proven that, with no disqualifications in this recent meet, swimming the IM.”
The next competition is scheduled for May 14-15 — a CMA IMX Meet. The event is extremely grueling and only a handful of swimmers will attend.