A little Piranha swam away with a big achievement last weekend in Colorado Springs.
Erin Monkiewicz was awarded the first-place place trophy in the girls 8 and under division at the IMX Extreme Meet. Not only did she place first in the 100-yard freestyle, but she set a pool record smashing it by a little more than five and a half seconds (1:27.55), her best swim so far this year.
Accompanying her this year to the meet was her brother, Devan Monkiewicz, and James Berndt. The two boys had their best swims so far this year, shedding anywhere from 32 seconds in the 100 butterfly (1:36.46) for James, eight seconds for Devan in the 100 backstroke (1:31.78) and over a minute in James’ 200-individual medley. An impressive swim from both Piranhas was the photo finish in the 500 freestyle. James out-touched Devan by 0.92 hundredths of a second finishing 10th and 11th respectfully in the boys 11-12 age group.
The IMX Challenge, with its two components, IM Ready and IM Xtreme, is a motivational program where swimmers are scored on their performances in a combination of five or six swim events. The purpose of the program is to promote versatility in age group swimming while advocating greater participation and development across a range of events that are integral to long term success in swimming. By encouraging swimmers to swim a variety of events, the hope is to avoid any tendency to specialize in a narrow selection of events at a young age.
The team will rejoin these swimmers in an upcoming meet the first weekend in June, in Cortez.
Coach Marky Egan was pleased with this past weekend’s results. “The kids just swam their hearts out,” she said. “They stayed focused on what they were swimming and applied what they learned in practice. I am extremely proud of them.”