17 Darien YMCA Piranha swimmers made the trip up to Wesleyan University this past weekend to compete in the CT Age Group Championships. Racing against the fastest swimmers in the state, the Piranhas had some fantastic swims, with nearly all Piranhas swimming their lifetime best times.
The Piranhas were led by 15 year old Erik McKenna (4th-100 back, 6th- 200 back/400 IM, 7th- 500 free, 8th- 200 back, 12th- 200 IM), 12 year olds Ethan Keyes (3rd- 50 back, 4th- 200 back with a new Piranha team record of 2:16.97) and John Barsanti (7th- 100 IM, 8th- 50/100 breast, 11th- 200 IM), and 10 year olds Tam-Hao Nguyen (6th- 100 breast, 8th- 100 IM, 9th- 50 fly, 11th- 50 free/100 back, 14th- 50 breast) and Kelsey Olvany (15th- 100 free), the Piranhas were there to race.
Other swimmers placing in the top 20 were Megan Slaughter, 17 (20th- 200 breast), Morgan Desautelle, 16 (19th- 200 back), Kate Murray, 14 (10th- 500 free), Jennifer Chen, 12 (18th- 50 breast) and Connor Zielinski, 12 (20th- 100 fly), as well as the 10/under girls relays of Nguyen, Olvany, Kendall Luecke and Gracie Spataro (13th- 200 medley relay and 200 free relay) and the 11/12 boys relays of Barsanti, Keyes, Zielinski, and Nolan Lovegrove (7th- 200 medley relay, 15th- 200 free relay). Also swimming in individual events for the Piranhas were Maddie Burke, Natalie Grune, Sam Schrenker, Oliver Rus, and Luecke.