Darien YMCA Piranha Archives


2012 TYR Capital Classic, Cary, North Carolina
This past weekend, some of the older Piranhas took a trip down to Cary, NC to compete in the TYR Capital Classic. Led by Caroline Orem, Erik Ryan, and Zach Pear (who all scored points for the team), the Piranhas got a glimpse of what awaits them at YMCA Nationals this coming April. Finalists for the Piranhas included Lia Barsanti, Amanda Bieler, and Megan Slaughter. Most all of the kids turned in best times, and they are in great mid-season shape!! Also taking the trip were Owen Brannigan, Dylan Gilhooly, Natalie Grune, Liz Kearney, Emily Molinelli, Sam Schrenker, Phoebe Slaughter, Will Smelser, Michelle Wall, and Christian Weeks. Next up for the Juniors and Seniors is some intensive Christmas training, followed by YMCA States in January. Go Piranhas!!

New Canaan Dual Meets, 12/7
The Piranhas showed their team spirit and winning ways last Friday for our dual meets with New Canaan. The 11-12s were at NCY, and were led by event winners Caroline Haddad (girls 11-12 50 back) and Kyle Lumsden (boys 11-12 100 free/50 back/50 fly). Top 3 performers included Jen Chen (3rd 11-12 50 fly), Ali Funkey (2nd 11-12 50 breast), Nick Giotis (2nd 11-12 50 back, 3rd 50 breast), Haddad (3rd 11-12 100 fly), Jeff McKee (2nd 11-12 50 fly), Alexandra Van Dijkum (3rd 11-12 100 back), and Connor Zielinski ( 3rd 11-12 50 back and 100 fly).

The 10/unders were at the Darien Y for their meet, and were led by event winners John Barsanti (10/u 100 free), Matthew Reynolds (8/u 25 back), Max Scalise (8/u 25 fly and 25 breast), Gracie Spataro (8/u 25 breast) and Halle Spataro (10/u 100 free). Top 3 performances were also turned in by Andrew Banks (3rd 8/u 25 free), Barsanti (2nd 9-10 50 fly/50 breast), Bridget O’Toole ( 2nd 8/u 25 breast), Reynolds (3rd 8/u 25 fly), Scalise (2nd 8/u 25 free), the Spataro sisters (Gracie- 3rd 8/u 25 fly, Halle- 2nd 9-10 50 breast, 3rd 50 free), and Ben Van Steen (3rd 8/u 25 back). Next up for the younger Piranhas, the WAC Invite the first weekend in January. Go Piranhas!


BRS Invite @ Branford’s Walsh Intermediate School, 12/1
 The 9/over Piranhas travelled east to Branford on December 1st to swim in the Stingray Qualifier. Led by event winner John Barsanti (boys 10/under 100 IM and 50 breast, and 4th in 50 free), the kids showed that all of the hard work and dedication is paying off, with many kids continuing to improve their times nearly every time they race!

In the 10/under age group, Ned Smith (7th50 breast), Halle Spataro (3rd 100 IM, 4th 50 breast, 7th 100 back), Kelsey Olvany (5th 50 free), Drew Major (9th 50 breast), and Kendall Luecke (9th 50 free), scored top 10 finishes.

Also turning in top 10 performances were: 11/12 age groupers Kyle Lumsden (2nd 200 IM/100 back, 3rd 100 fly), Nolan Lovegrove (5th 50 free, 8th 200 free), Jeff McKee (6th 50 free, 7th 100 back), Kate Epifani(10th 50 breast), and Caroline Haddad (7th 200 IM, 9th 50 breast).

13/14 year olds that broke into the top 10 were Erik McKenna (3rd 200 back, 4th 100 fly, 5th 100 breast), Oliver Rus (9th 100 breast), Eric Liu (3rd 100 breast, 7th 100 fly, 9th 50free), and Ariel Gianukakis (6th 100 fly).

Also scoring for the Piranhas, 15/overs Maddie Burke (2nd 50 free/100 fly, 6th 200 free), Maggie Haddad (5th 200 free, 8th 100 fly, 10th 50 free), and Helen Watson (7th 100 breast, 8th 200 back).


9-12 Year Old Dual v Wilton @ Wilton YMCA, 12/2
The 12/under Piranhas headed on up to the Wilton bubble on Sunday 12/2 for the annual dual meet with the Wilton Wahoos. The small but spirited group were there to race- and race they did! Showcasing their skills and speed, the Piranhas had some very good performances, led by event winners Ned Smith (boys 9-10 50 free) and Alexandra Van Dijkum (girls 11-12 50 fly). In addition to their wins, Smith (5th 5o back, 6th 50 breast), and Van Dijkum (5th 50 free), had top 6 performances. Also turning in top 6 times were 9-10 girls Bella Bohnsack (4th 100 IM, 5th 50 fly), Lindsey Fay (2nd 50 back, 4th 50 free, 6th 50 breast), Sophie Hill (5th 50 breast), Sophia Perkins (3rd 100 IM), Bridget Ritchie (6th 50 fly) and Halle Spataro (3rd 200 IM/50 fly/ 100 free). The 9-10 boys that scored for Piranhas included Ivey Gehring (5th 50 breast), Drew Major (4th 50 free), and William Prendergast (6th 50 back). 11-12s  hat scored included Charlotte Gehring (6th 100 IM) and Nolan Lovegrove (2nd 50 fly, 3rd 100 IM, 5th 100 breast). Next up for the Piranhas is the dual meet with New Canaan this Friday.



8/Under Dual v WYW @ Darien, 11/30
The 8/under dual meet between Darien and Wilton proved to be an exciting one, as expected! The Piranhas were there to race,

and they did not disappoint! Led by Tam-Hao Nguyen, who had 3 first place finishes (girls 8/under 25 free/50 fly/ 100 IM), the kidsshowcased all of the skills that they have been working hard on all year. For the girls, Catherine Dwyer (2nd, 8/under 50 back),

and Gracie Spataro (2nd 8/under 50 breast, 3rd 8/under 50 free) helped lead the way. The boys added their own winners, with Max

Scalise winning gold in 2 events (8/under 50 back and 50 free) and a 2nd in 25 breast. Also scoring for the boys were Andrew

Banks (2nd in 8/under 50 free, 7/under 25 fly and 7/under 25 back), Matthew Reynolds (2nd in 8/under 50 back) and Ben Van Steen

(3rd 8/under 50 free). Great job by all of the kids, and a huge thanks to all of the parents who volunteered to help run the meet!



Wilton Thanksgiving meet @ Wilton YMCA, 11/17-11/18

The Piranhas spent the weekend of November 17-18 in the Wilton bubble for the annual Wilton Thanksgiving Invitational. It was the first prelims/finals meet of the year (for the 11/overs), and the swimmers showed that they were there to race!! Most all of the swimmers swam lifetime best times- which is no surprise as all of the kids have been working hard and smart. Leading the way for the Piranhas were event winners Eliza Bragg (Girls Open 200 back) and Erik Ryan (Boys 13-14 200 fly). Bragg led the Open (15-18) Piranhas with a 2nd in the 100 free, and a 6th in 100 breast. Emily Molinelli added a 9th (100 breast) and 12th (200 breast), Maggie Haddad was 11th (500 free) and Michelle Wall scored in the 200 breast (11th). The 13-14 boys continued their fast swimming with Ryan leading the way. In addition to his win, he also scored in the 200 back (2nd), and had 4 3rd place finishes (200 free/500 free/ 100 fly/200 IM). Zac Pear also scored big for the Piranhas, with a 2nd (500 free), 3rd (200 fly, 5th (200 free) and a pair of 7th (100 fly/200IM). Eric McKenna added to the medal tally with a 7th (500 free), 9th (100 free/100 back), 11th (200 back) and 12th (200 free). Patrick Neafsey (8th 200 breast, 9th 100 breast) and Eric Liu (9th 200 breast, 11th 200 fly) also swam well for the Piranhas. Not to be outdone by the boys, Phoebe Slaughter scored in every event she swam, placing 4th in the 100 free/200 back/100 back, 6th in 100 breast/200 free, and 9th in 200 breast in the girls 13-14 age group. Also placing in the top 12 were Kyle Lumsden- boys 11-12 100 back (9th) and 50 back (11th), Jen Chen, girls 10/under 100 back (6th), 200 IM (7th), 100 fly (8th) and 50 fly (12th), Halle Spataro, girls 10/under 200 free (5th) and 100 breast (12th), and Grant Goodrick, boys 10/under 200 free (8th). Next up for the Piranhas are dual meets with both Wilton and New Canaan, as well as the Branford Invite. Great job by all swimmers – looking forward to more successful meets to come!


Piranha Intrasquad Meet
On Wednesday 10/17, the 10/under Piranhas had their first meet of the season- the Annual Piranha Fall Intra-squad Meet. All of the practice that they had been doing for the past month and a half was finally put to the test- and they did not disappoint! For the new Piranhas, it was their first chance to race in their Piranha colors, and for a few, it was the first ever chance to race! The swimmers all had a great time and put everything they have learned so far out there for all to see. It’s always fun to get up and race and cheer for your teammates! Going forward, we are looking at the kids all being ready for every meet they enter, and have fun being Piranhas this year! A huge thank you to all of the parent volunteers who made the meet run a smoothly as it did, and to all of the fans in the stands- we couldn’t do it without you!! Results are posted. 

Eastern Zone Speedo Super Sectional, 8/1-8/5 @ Buffalo, NY
The Piranhas rewrote the record books and achieved life-time best times in 13 of 15 races at Sectionals.  3 senior Piranhas made the trip up to Buffalo for the Speedo Super Sectional meet. Jake Greene, Eliza Bragg, and Caroline Orem competed with the fastest swimmers in the eastern United States and brought their A game! Bragg was the top point scorer for the Piranhas, as she made the finals in the 200 IM (15th), 400 IM and 100 back (both 19th), and the 200 back (20th). She also broke 8 Team records.  Greene followed up with a 15th in the 400 IM and a 28th in the 200 IM and broke 6 Team records.  Orem scored in the 100 back (23rd). With a very successful long course season behind the Piranhas (young and old), the coaching staff is looking forward to another successful season that begins on Monday, September 10th. Swimmers- enjoy your much deserved rest and be ready to go again in September!!!

Eastern Zone Age Group Championship, 8/8-8/11 @ Richmond, VA
The Piranhas sent 4 swimmers, Erik Ryan, Phoebe Slaughter, Courtney Ferreira and Zac Pear, to the Eastern Zone Age Group Meet and they swam awesome!!  Zones feautures teams from the Eastern part of the United States from Virginia to Maine.  All the Piranhas who attended the meet represented the CT Swimming delegation.  All 4 swimmers did a great job racing and achieved many life-time best times.  Courtney Ferreira (200 Freestyle), Zach Pear (200  Butterfly) and Phoebe Slaughter (100, 200 Backstroke) finaled in the top 8!!  Zach broke the boy’s 13/14 200 butterfly Team record and Courtney broke the girl’s 13/14 800 freestyle Team record.  Great job swimmers!


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CT Open Water Championships
Nolan Lovegrove placed 6th at the CT Open Water Championship’s Mini-mile June 30th for the 12/under age group.  This event is an annual Open Water competition held under the sanction of Connecticut Swimming.  This year’s event took place at Lake Quassy Amusement Park in Middlefield, CT.



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Piranha Senior and Juniors swim with Darien YMCA Special Olympians
On Friday May 11th, the Junior and Senior Piranhas swimmers came out for a fun filled night of relays, games and pizza with the Darien YMCA Special Olympians.  It was a great event that was a lot of fun for all.  This marks the third time the Piranhas and the Special Olympics have gotten together for such an event.  Thanks to Jim Matthews and Kathy Risely for setting up the evening.  Thanks to all the swimmers who came out to swim and support and thanks to coaches Jason Cochran and Liz Blau for supervising

USA Olympic Team Trials June 25-July 2

Congratulations to Peter Geissinger for making the semi-final in the 100 butterfly.  Just so you know after prelims where there were about 160 swimmer competing in the 100 fly, Peter finished 14th making the semi-final round.  He got to swim at night in Ryan Lochte’s heat eventually finishing 15th overall (top 8 go to the final and a chance at making the Olympic Team).  Again, great job Peter!!! 

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ORCAS/WRAT tri-meet @ Italian Center, Stamford, 6/28
Great job at the Italian Center.  It was a great opportunity for the swimmers to swim Short Course Meters and swim outdoors.  There were many great performances.  Event winners included John Barsanti (9/10 50 Free & Breast), Tam-Hao Nguyen (8/U 25 Free, Back & Fly), Griffin Xie (13/O 100 Back) and Conway Zhou (50 Fly).  Results are posted.   


Westport YMCA 9/U Yard meet @ Westport YMCA, 6/21
Although the Piranha entry was small, it was mighty!!!  The Piranhas descended on the Westport Y and when the dust settled they had won 3 events, placed 2nd in another, 4th in two others along with 3 other top 7 finishes.  Not bad for a Team of 7 swimmers.  Tam-Hao Nguyen won the girl’s 8 year 25 fly and Andrew Pasierb won the boy’s 7 year old 25 Breast and 25 Back.  The entire Piranha Team of Anna Hoffman, Kendall Luecke, Kendall Miller, Jamison Moore, Tam-Hao, Andrew and Jack Stobbie swam great and had a lot of fun.  Thanks to the volunteers who helped the meet run smoothly.  Results are posted. 

CDOG Invite for 12/Unders @ Cheshire Community Pool, 6/23-6/24
On June 23-24, the 12/under Piranhas were ready to race at the CDOG Invitational in Cheshire. Spencer Erickson led the way with a 1st place in the boys 10/under 100 free, a 2nd in the 50 free, 3rd in the 100 back and 200 free, 4th in the 50 back and a 5th in the

50 fly. Other top 8 performers for the Piranhas included Kyle Lumsden- 4th in 50 back and 7th in 50 fly (boys 11/12), Lauren Picard-

3rd in 200 free and 50 back and 4th in 100 free (girls 10/under), and Allie Truwit, who swam to a 6th in the girls 11/12 50 free. It

was a great chance to get in some good long course racing for all of the kids, and it was nice to swim outside!  Up next for the

12/under Piranhas are the CT Regionals 7/20-22, and all things point to more great swims by all!

GRYM 13/Over Invite @ Greenwich YMCA, 6/23-6/24
The Piranhas continued to impress with some great swims this long course season at the Greenwich Marlins Invite June 23-24. Liza Bragg was the top Piranha as she swam to a win in the girls Open 400 IM. She also added 2nd place finishes in the 100 back, 100 fly, 200 back, and 3rd place finishes in

the 100 free and 200 IM. Adding to the medal count for the Piranhas were Chris Weihs- 3rd in boys Open 100 fly and 200 back, Tyler Gould- 3rd in boys

Open 50 and 100 free, and Jake Greene- 3rd in boys Open 200 IM. In the 13/14 age group, Phoebe Slaughter added four 3rd place finishes in the 50/100

free, and 100/200 back, and Erik Ryan was 2nd in the boys 200 IM. Top 8 performances included: 13/14 boys Ryan, Gilmar Barrios and Erik McKenna,

13/14 girls Slaughter, Courtney Ferriera, Becca Maroney and Maggie Orem, Open girls Bragg, Amanda Beiler, Caroline Kearney, Caroline Orem and

Megan Slaughter, and Open boys Gould, Greene, Weihs, Will Smelser and Steven Grune. Next up for the Piranhas will be the CT Senior Championships,

followed by the CT Regionals. Let’s get ready for some more fast swimming!

Thanks to our officials who made up more than half of the officiating crew for the weekend, Gigi Kearney, Nancy Grune, Pat Begos, Tom Ryan and Erica Merrill for volunteering at the meet.  The meet literally would not have been run without your help.  Also thanks to the three timers we had to produce each day.  I don’t have all your names, but thank you for stepping up. 

Meet Information:
Zeus 9/Under Meet @ Norwalk High School   Friday, June 1st the littlest Piranhas took to the water at Norwalk HS for the Zeus Mayor’s Cup swim meet. The kids all picked up right where they left off last season, with each one improving their best times in at least one event. Top ten performances were turned in by 8&under boys Ivey Gehring, Andrew Pasierb, and Jack Stobbie, 9 year old boys Jamison Moore and Ned Smith, 8&under girls Gracie Spataro and Tam-Hao Nguyen and 9 year old girl Caitlin Pasierb. Despite having only 10 swimmers at the meet, we certainly cheered the loudest for our teammates!! Next up for the 9/under crowd is the WRAT meet on Thursday, June 21st. Go Piranhas!!


Wilton Trials/Finals Meet @ Wilton YMCA, 6/2-6/3   With only one rain delay on the last night of competition, the Piranhas stormed into the pool at the Wilton Y (minus the bubble) for their first outdoor LC meet of the season. After a chilly start on the first morning, the swimmers got out their mirrored goggles and swam fast in the sunshine that was in, but mostly out, all weekend. Erik Ryan was the top Piranha, winning the boys 13/14 100 fly and 400 free, followed by top 3 finishers Lauren Picard (girls 10/under), Gilmar Barrios and Zach Pear (boys 13/14), Courtney Ferreira and Phoebe Slaughter (girls 13/14) and Jake Greene (15/over boys). A number of swimmers recorded best times in their events—a very encouraging sign since it’s so early in the season!! Keep up the good work!!!




Darien Piranhas Intrasquad meet @ Darien YMCA  Wednesday June 6th the Darien Y pool was filled with Piranha energy as the 11/unders swam in the annual Spring Piranha Intrasquad meet. It was a lot of fun to have the kids get some racing in in their home pool, as well as cheer on their teammates. All of the kids had a great time and we saw some fast swimming for this time of year. Thanks to all of the parents who helped run the meet- we couldn’t do it without you!


Omni Meet @ Yale, May 11-12
The waters of the historic Yale 50 meter pool beckoned the Piranhas to come out and play this past weekend- and play they did!! The meet began Friday night with the rare chance for swimmers to compete in the 800 meter freestyle, and continued through Saturday, with the 13/overs dominating in the morning and the 12/unders racing fast in the afternoon. First place finishers Megan Slaughter (girls 13/over 200 breast) and Julia Stobbie (girls 13/over 200 free and 200 IM) led the Piranhas, as many swimmers swam fast early-season times, and many swimmers won their heats with ease. Top ten performers include : Gilmar Barrios, Matt Benz, Alex Clark, Paige Cleary, Courtney Ferreira, Dylan Gilhooly, Jake Greene, Chris Janson, Caroline Kearney, Liz Kearney, Daniel Lu, Becca Maroney, Emily Molinelli, Patrick Neafsey, Zach Pear, Lauren Picard, Oliver Rus, Lauren Rutledge, Erik Ryan, Phoebe Slaughter, Will Smelser, JJ Whalen, Ben Zhao, and Sheena Zhou. Piranha power rules!



NCY Spectacular 5/5
The 12/under Piranhas quickly got back to their winning ways with the first meet of the long course season May 5th at New Canaan YMCA. Led by 8/under Jack Stobbie (3 first place finishes!), the Piranhas attacked the 25 meter course with the same intensity they left off with at the end of the short course season. Lots of great swims were turned in, and the swimmers showed they want everyone to know that they mean business! Top 10 performances were turned in by Jennifer Chen, Nico Clark, Matthew Colonna, Spencer Erickson, Ariel Gianukakis, Caroline Haddad, Daniel Lu, Kyle Lumsden, Cassie Maroney, Kendall Miller, Lauren Picard, Oliver Rus, Gracie Spataro, Halle Spataro, Ben Zhao, Sheena Zhou, and Connor Zielinski.


The Wilton Invite May 4-6
While the 12/under Piranhas were at New Canaan, the 13/0ver Piranhas kept the waters churning at their first long course (50 meter) meet of the season, the Wilton Invite May 4-6. Sometimes adjusting to racing in a long course pool takes some getting used to, but you wouldn’t have noticed that as the Piranhas raced quite well for this early in the season. Led by event winner Erik Ryan (boys 13/14 100 fly), top ten performers included Gilmar Barrios, Matt Benz, Paige Cleary, Courtney Ferreira, Dylan Gilhooly, Freddy Hinkley, Chris Janson, Caroline Kearney, Liz Kearney, Becca Maroney, Erik McKenna, Emily Molinelli, Patrick Neafsey, Caroline Orem, Maggie Orem, Zach Pear, Erik Ryan, Phoebe Slaughter, Will Smelser, Julia Stobbie and Michelle Wall. Way to go Piranhas!!

12/Under YMCA New Englands @ Harvard, March 24 & March 31-April 1

The mighty 12/under Piranhas finished out the short course season with a trip up to Boston for the 2012 New England YMCA Championships on March 24th, 31st, and April 1st. Most all of the swimmers swam lifetime best times in their events and many placed in the top 16.

On Saturday 3/24, the 11/12 boys and girls got things off to a great start. Kristen Picard, Allie Truwit, Ariel Gianukakis and Carly Rutledge competed for the 11/12 Piranha girls, with Picard placing 8th in the 100 back and 9th in the 50 back. Alex Clark, Matthew Freeman, Kyle Lumsden and Cam Shutts teamed up to place 16th in both the 11/12 boys 200 medley and 200 free relay.

The following weekend, the 10/under team made the trip up to the Harvard pool and kept the energy flowing! Saturday 3/31, Kelsey Vrooman, Cassie Maroney, Lauren Picard and Caroline Haddad started things off with a 6th place finish in the girls 9/10 200 medley relay. Vrooman also placed 10th in the 50 free, 11th in the 100 free, and 13th in the 50 fly. Picard added an 11th in the 100 back and a 14th in the 50 back and Maroney finished up with a 15th in the 50 fly. The boys also got into the action with Spencer Erickson placing 12th in the 50 back and 15th in the 50 free and Daniel Lu finishing 14th in the 100 IM. Erickson and Lu teamed up with Connor Zielinski and John Barsanti to finish 3rd in the 200 free relay and the team of Barsanti, Zielinski, Michael Pizzani and Ethan Keyes added an 11th in the 200 medley relay. On Sunday 4/1, the 8/unders proved that they will be a force for the Piranhas in the future, with the boys finishing in 5th place overall (112.5 points) and the girls placing 6th overall (73 points). Alex Peters and Jamison Moore led the boys, with Peters placing 2nd in the 25 breast, 4th in the 50 free and 6th in the 100 IM. Moore added to the medal count with a 4th in the 25 breast and an 11th in the 25 free. Peters and Moore teamed up with Jack Stobbie and Ned Smith to place 5th in the boys 100 free relay and the team of Moore, Stobbie, Smith and Grant Goodrick finished 10th in the 100 medley relay. The girls’ team of Arden Anderson, Ridgely Gargano, Tam-Hao Nguyen and Kelsey Olvany raced to a 4th place finish in the 100 medley relay and a 5th place finish in the 100 free relay. Rounding out the top performances for the weekend was Gargano’s 8th place finish in the 25 breast, Anderson with a 14th in the 25 back and Nguyen with a 15th in the 25 fly.

With such a great short course season behind them, the kids earned a much needed rest (this week) and will be back to training on Monday, April 9th for the opening of the long course season. Keep up the fantastic work!!!

CT Age Groups @ Wesleyan, 3/15-3/18

The Piranha Age Group Championship team, 30 strong, took to the pool this past weekend at Wesleyan University. Though the competition was fierce, and fast, many Piranhas swam fast enough to make it back to finals at night. Led by Liza Bragg, the Piranhas had great swims in all events, with most everyone posting best times in all events they swam. Bragg, competing in the 15-18 girls events, is now the reigning Age Group Champion in the 400 IM, 200 back and 200 free. Additionally, she finished in 2nd place in the 200 IM, and 6thin both the 50 free and 100 free. Liza’s performances in the 200 IM (2:06.05), 400 IM (4:27.98), 200 back (2:02.10), 100 free (52.93) and 200 free (1:53.07) are now new Piranha team records! Other finalists included 13-14 girls Courtney Ferreira and Phoebe Slaughter, 15-18 girls Caroline Kearney, Emily Molinelli and Megan Slaughter, 13-14 boys Zach Pear and Erik Ryan, 15-18 boys Chris Janson and Will Smelser and 11-12 boys Ben Zhao. Although there were no finals for the 10/unders, the Piranhas proved that we are the ones to watch in the future with Nico Clark, Spencer Erickson, Daniel Lu and Lauren Picard all scoring points in their events. The 12/under Piranha contingent was rounded out by great performances by Allie Truwit, John Barsanti, Michael Pizzani, and Connor Zielinski. Watch for these 12/under Piranhas (and a few more!) to top off their season over the next 2 weekends at the New England YMCA Championships at Harvard.

Results are now posted.



CT 8/Under Championships, 3/10 @ Greenwich YMCA
The Mighty Maia group of the Piranhas gave us a glimpse of the future this past Saturday at the 8/under Ct. State Championships at the Greenwich YMCA- and it’s a bright one!! The boys meet kicked off in the morning with Ned Smith and Jack Stobbie swimming best times in nearly all of their events, highlighted by a 10th place in the 25 back for Ned and an 11th place for Jack in the 25 fly. The girls continued the success through the afternoon session, with all swimming best times in most all of their events. Great performances were turned in by Gracie Spataro (2nd in 7yr. 25 breast), Ridgely Gargano (5th in 8yr. 25 free, 6th in 8yr. 25 breast), Tam-Hao Nguyen (6th in 8yr. 25 fly, 10th in 8yr. 25 breast), Kelsey Olvany (6th in 8yr. 25 free, 7th in 8yr. 50 free), and Kendall Leucke (15th in 8yr. 50 free). Gracie, Ridgely, Kelsey and Tam-Hao teamed up for a 7th place finish in the 8/under 100 free relay, and the team of Kendall, Ridgely, Tam-Hao and Kelsey placed 4thin the 8/under 100 medley relay to finish a great day of swimming. Thanks to all of the parents who provided great cheering and encouragement, as well as volunteering where needed- we all make a great team to help the kids reach their goals!!!  Results are now posted.


12/Under YMCA States @ Cheshire, 2/11-2/12
The Piranhas once again showed that they are a force to be reckoned with this season as they swam very well at the 12/under Y State Championships. Most of the swimmers posted best times in at least one event. Top ten finishers for the Piranhas include : Arden Anderson, John Barsanti, Nico Clark, Spencer Erickson, Ridgely Gargano, Tam-Hao Nguyen, Kristen Picard, Lauren Picard, Oliver Rus, Ned Smith, Jack Stobbie, Kelsey Vrooman and Ben Zhao. Congratulations to all swimmers on a job well done!


WAC Invite for 13/overs @ New Haven, 2/11-2/12
The 13/over Piranhas took a break from their hard training to compete at the WAC Invitational on February 11th and 12th. Despite being in their hard-training phase, the swimmers gave it their all and some impressive performances were turned in. Top ten finishers include : Gilmar Barrios, Lia Barsanti, Amanda Bieler, Maddie Burke, Lexi Devlin, Courtney Ferreira, Caroline Kearney, Liz Kearney, Eric Liu, Becca Maroney, Emily Molinelli, Patrick Neafsey, Caroline Orem, Zach Pear, Erik Ryan, Megan Slaughter, Phoebe Slaughter, Julia Stobbie, Michelle Wall, and Jay Whelan. Keep up the hard work!

Zeus 9-10 Year Old Invite @ Norwalk High School, 2/4
The Zeus meet was a big success for the Piranhas.  Most everyone had best times and looked great!  Swimmers scoring points for us were: John Barsanti, Jacqui Benisch, Spencer Erickson, Kate Goldsmith, Grant Goodrick, Ethan Keyes, Nolan Lovegrove, Daniel Lu, Cassie Maroney, Jamison Moore, Lauren Picard, Michael Pizzani, Hayden Puff, George Sarbinowski, Josie Yeager, and Connor Zielinski.  Keep up the great swims!! 


Please be reminded that in order for swimmers to compete at CT Regionals and/or Age Groups a swimmer must have participated in at least one CT USA Swim meets (this changed from the beginning of the season).  YMCA and Intrasquad meets do not count toward this criteria.  Here are the CT USA meets we have and are attending this season (Oct. BRS Meet, 13/O Oct. and Dec. Piranha Distance Meets, Dec., FINS meet, 12/U Jan BRS Meet, Jan NCY Meet, Jan 13/O Piranha Distance meet, FEB 9/10 Zeus Meet, Feb WAC Meet).  Regional meet sign up comes down Monday Feb 13th.  Lastly, please check the Piranha Handbook for criteria for other high level meets. 


DAY 1 – The 2012 Swim Challenge went off with a bang Sunday.  The Piranha Seniors were the first swimmers to jump in and fulfill their challenge.  They swam a 4 hour workout Sunday morning amassing 14,000 yards (540 laps) which is roughly twice a normal workout.  Later in the day the Piranhas went to the Depot for the Swim Challenge Kickoff Party.  There was music, dancing, raffle, food and fun.  Thanks to all the Piranha parents who helped make the party a huge hit.  Couldn’t do it without you.

Day 2 – The second day of the 2012 Swim Challenge proved just as exciting and fulfilling as the first.  The Maia and Nautilus were on tap to take on their challenge and they did not disappoint.  It was an evening full of tired but happy faces and proud coaches and parents.  The music was blasting, Henk was getting the parents and kids pumped up with the help of his bull horn and Jason and Liz were on hand to greet the kids as they exited the pool.  It was a great night to be a Piranha!!!  Thanks to all the kids, parents and helpers on hand to share in the 2012 Swim Challenge.  Everyone did a great job and your coaches and parents are so proud!!

Day 3 – The third day of SC featured the Junior I&II group in action.  The pool was packed as the two groups, much like the Seniors, swam a long and grueling practice.  The Junior I group swam a 2 hour and 45 minute workout which amounted to 10,000 yards (equal to 400 laps)!!!  The Junior II’s swam a shorter but no less impressive 8600 yard workout in the same amount of time.  This was actually 100 yards over the goal that was set for the group!!  Each group exited the water tired but very proud.   Great job swimmers!!!

Day 4– The Poseidon group jumped in the water last Friday for their respective Swim Challenge.  The night was full of music and a ton of swimming.  There was little to no stopping by the swimmers as most of them swam straight for the allotted 2 hours!!   It was pretty intense!  As the clocked struck 7:30p and the swimmers exited the pool, Ali Truwit and Cam Shutts emerged with most laps swum for the evening, 332 laps for Ali and 310 for Cam!!!  Ali swam 8300 yards which is over 100 laps more than her designated challenge!!  Everyone did an awesome job.   Your coaches and parents couldn’t be more proud!!      

Day 5– Make up day of Swim Challenge was no less enthusiastic than the first!!  The 5th day featured swimmers from the Maia, Nautilus and Poseidon groups.  Once again there was music, little to no stopping and a lot of swimming.  Maia swimmer Kelsey Olvany set the high mark for the Maia with 172 laps, followed closely by Kendal Luecke with 156!!  Michael Pizzani and Nico Clark led the Nautilus with 200 and 180 laps respectively while Alex Clark led the Poseidon with 240.  This draws to an end the 2012 Swim Challenge.  Great job everyone!!  

The Piranhas as a Team have amassed 882,900 yards– that’s 501.65 miles!!!!!!

Most laps by group

Maia – Kelsey Olvany 172, Kendall Luecke 156, Arden Anderson 155

Nautilus – Jackson Morgan 200, John Barsanti 200, Michael Pizzani 200

Poseidon – Ali Truwit 332, Cam Shutts 310



Piranha Intrasquad Meet 1/11/12
The Piranha Intrasquad meet was once again a big success. It’s always fun for the kids to get a chance to race in a relaxed atmosphere. The swimmers all swam well, and it was nice to see them cheering for their teammates, and the having the more experienced swimmers help out the newer ones. Thanks again to all of the parents for all of their help in running the meet, and getting your swimmers there! (As a side note- we were short on first place ribbons, so we have ordered them and expect them in soon!)





TYR Capital Classic
This past weekend the Piranhas traveled to the TYR Capital Classic in Greensboro, North Carolina for the 12th consecutive year. This year the Piranhas traveled with 23 swimmers!! Their largest group ever. The meet showcased some of the fastest swimmer in YMCA swimming and some of the fastest swimmers on the east coast. Top 10 Championship finalist for the Piranhas were Caroline Orem (400 IM, 200Back), Liza Bragg (50, 100 Free, 100, 200 Back, 200 IM, 100 Fly) and Steven Grune (50 Free). Other finalist include Jack Bair (200, 500 Free, 200 Back), James Baker (200 Fly 1650 Free), Bragg (400 IM), Tyler Gould (50, 100, 200 Free, 100 Fly), Grune (100 Fly, 200 Fly, 100 free), Chris Janson (400 IM, 200 Back), Caroline Kearney (100 Breast), Orem(200 Free, 200 Breast, 100 Back). Chris Janson made his first YMCA National qualifying time standard in the 400 IM!! Caroline Orem broke 2 Team records for the 15-18 and Open Girls division in the 400 IM only to have Teammate Liza Bragg break the records later that evening. Liza Bragg broke 8 Team records for the Girl’s 15-18 and Open division (100, 200 Back, 200, 400 IM.)   The 100 Backstroke records was one of the oldest records on the books, set in 1995. Congratulations to all the Piranhas on a great meet!!  Thanks to Chaperones Nancy Grune and Britt Bair and Assistant Coach Jessica Johnston.


FINS Meet @ Meriden, December 10-11
The Piranhas returned to action this past weekend at the Fins Invite in Meriden, CT.  Our 13/Over Piranhas competed both Sat/Sun afternoons and had some great races.  It was a chance to swim some new events and to see improvement on events that they competed in earlier in the season. Our 12/Under Piranhas competed Sunday morning.  After braving the early wakeup, they showed up in force and ready to race!  Once again it was a chance to see improvement and try some new events.  Congratulations to all swimmers for a great job.  Thank you to our parents who stepped up as both timers and officials!  Great meet! Results coming soon.


8/Under Dual v Wilton @ Darien YMCA, 12/2
Piranha swimmers were at it again, racing tough and swimming well against the Wilton Y Wahoos.  Top 3 performances were turned in by Ivey Gehring, Grant Goodrick, Schuyler Hyde, Kendall Luecke, Jamison Moore, Tam-Hao Nguyen, Kelsey Olvany, Andrew Pasierb, Ned Smith and Jack Stobbie.  All of the swimmers should be proud of their performances as they have all improved greatly since our first week of practice!  A special thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who helped to make the meet run smoothly, as well as all of the cheerleaders in the stands!


9-12 Year old Dual v Wilton @ Wilton YMCA, 12/4
The Nautilus and Poseidon groups got to see their hard work pay off during our dual meet with Wilton.  Many of the swims were best times and the swimmers had lots of fun cheering for their teammates.  Top 3 performances were turned in by John Barsanti, Andrew Benz, Anthony Bosco, Ian Brown, Alex Clark, Nico Clark, Lindsey Ferreira, Matthew Freeman, Cassie Maroney, Alexander Peters, Kristen Picard, Lauren Picard, Michael Pizzani, Oliver Rus, Allie Truwit, Kelsey Vrooman, Ben Zhao, Conway Zhou, Sheena Zhou and Connor Zielinski.  Keep up the hard work!!



New Canaan Distance Meet @ New Canaan YMCA, 11/18
Great job!  Results are posted.  The Piranhas had 97% best times!!


Wilton Thanksgiving Invite 
Results are posted.  Great swimming at Wilton!! Once again the Piranhas put their best foot forward at the Thanksgiving Invite. Congratulations to Liza Bragg for winning the Senior High Point Award. She won the 200 back and 200 IM, as well as placed 2nd or 3rd in all of her other events. Other Piranhas that scored points: Jack Bair, Gilmar Barrios, Lia Barsanti, Nico Clark, Mackenzie Coughlin, Lexi Devlin, Spencer Erickson, Courtney Ferreira, Steven Grune, Chris Janson, Eric Liu, Daniel Lu, Becca Maroney, Cassie Maroney, Erik McKenna, Emily Molinelli, Patrick Neafsey, Maggie Orem, Zach Pear, Cesar Pena, Kristen Picard, Lauren Picard, Erik Ryan, Samantha Schrenker, Megan Slaughter, Phoebe Slaughter, Julia Stobbie, Allie Truwit, Kelsey Vrooman and Ben Zhao. Keep up the good work!!!


New Canaan Dual meets

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the dual meet vs. New Canaan last Friday. A great time was had by all and there were some great swims. Special congratulations to individual event winners: Arden Anderson, Ridgely Gargano, Jamison Moore, Alexander Peters, Lauren Picard, Kelsey Vrooman, Matthew Freeman, Kyle Lumsden, Kristen Picard, and Ben Zhao. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the meets run smoothly.  Our next dual meet is vs. Wilton on Dec. 2nd and 4th.


Branford Invitational
This meet proved to be an exciting one for the Piranhas- and not because of the snow! In our first USA swimming meet of the season, the kids, coaches and parents got a glimpse of what lies ahead. With nearly every swimmer turning in best times in at least one event, Piranha Power was evident in almost every race on Saturday and Sunday. Congratulations go out to individual event winners Spencer Erickson (Boys 10/under 50 fly and 50 back), Tyler Gould (Boys 15/over 50 free and 200 free), Emily Molinelli (Girls 15/0ver 100 fly and 100 breast) and Kristen Picard (Girls 11/12 50 back). Special congratulations go out to the following swimmers, who achieved best times in all events they swam: Gilmar Barrios, Nick Giotis, Caroline Haddad, Freddy Hinckley, Jordan Kuhlman, Kyle Lumsden, Peter Marment, Cassie Maroney, Jeffrey McKee, Sean Mullen, Patrick Neafsey, Cary O’Brien, Kristen Picard, Lauren Picard, Michael Pizzani, Matt Ross, Carly Rutledge, Lauren Rutledge, Erik Ryan, Cam Shutts, Emma Sisk, Cara Tracey, Kelsey Vrooman, Parker Ward, Kenny Yamaguchi, Ben Zhao, and Sheena Zhou.  


Piranha Winter Intrasquad Meet
The House swimmers and 9/U Piranhas got together for a fun filled night of swimming, cheering and Team bonding.  For many this was their first Piranha meet or their first opportunity to race this season.  The evening was a lot of fun.  Thanks to Mary Pasierb who organized all the volunteers , Official Gigi Kearney and the coaches for doing a great job making the meet run smooth. 


Piranha Distance Meet @ Darien YMCA – 10/14
The Piranhas kicked off their short course season by hosting a distance meet this past Friday evening here at the Darien YMCA.  It was a great opportunity to swim either the 400 IM or the 500 Freestyle.  For our Seniors, it was a chance to compete in both events.  Congratulations to Gilmar Barrios for competing in his first ever 400 IM.  Congratulations to Erik Ryan, Phoebe Slaughter, Andrew Lomanto, Patrick Neafsey, Erik McKenna, and Matt Ross for swimming their first 500 as Piranhas! Seniors Tyler Gould, Will Smelser, and Devin Oulighan all pulled the double by racing both events in a short time period.  The Piranhas will return to competition with the Stingray Qualifier October 29-30th.  Thank you to all parents for timing and thank you to Dave Oulighan, Tom Ryan, Delphine Brown, Pat Begos, and Craig Lovegrove for officiating the meet.


Long Course Meets:     
Eastern Zone Championships, August 10-13
Erik Ryan the Piranhas lone representative at the Eastern Zone Age Group Championships, had an awesome meet!  He had a strong third leg to help Team CT WIN the 400 Free and Medley relays.  He finaled in three events bettering his life-time best time in all three, 100 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly.  He also swam a life-time best time in the 100 Back.  He also  broke two Team records for the boy’s 11/12 100 and 200 Fly!  Great job Erik, an awesome way to end the season!

Speedo Super Sectional Championships, August 4-7
The Piranhas ended the season on a high note at Summer Sectionals.  Overall 8 Team records were broken and the Piranhas had 5 of the 6 swimmers attending final!  Jake Greene came away with 6 Team records.  He broke the boy’s 15-18 & Open  record in the following events, 400 Free, 1500 Free and 400 IM.  Two of the records were held by 2008 Olympic Trial qualifiers!   Liza Bragg broke two records in the girl’s 15-18 and Open 100 Back.  The 400 free relay Team of Chris Weihs, Steven Grune, Jake Greene and Tyler Gould finished 9th!


Another great meet!!
Age Group Championships
Great job to all Piranhas who competed in the 2011 LC Age Group Championships this past weekend! Even the hot temps couldn’t stop this group – you all did a fantastic job! Friday night got off to a great start with a total of 8 swims making it back at finals – an impressive five of the eight being in the Championship final. Erik Ryan smashed the long time standing Piranha team record from 1995 to end up placing 1st overall in the 11-12 100 fly! Also – special congratulations to the 11-12 boys 400 freestyle relay of Erik Ryan, Eric Liu, Parker Ward, and Zach Pear who broke the previous year’s team record in this event. The second night the Piranhas held their own, bringing a total of 8 swims back to finals (with five swims being a part of the Championship final). The relay team of Zach Pear, Erik Ryan, Eric Liu and Parker Ward once again broke two more records on this day including the 11-12 boys 200 freestyle relay from the previous year and the longstanding 11-12 boys 200 medley relay from 2001! Going out on a high note, Sunday evening finals ended up being the busiest night of the weekend for the team with a total of 15 swims making it back to swim! Two more team records were broken on this night including Phoebe Slaughter in the 11-12 girls 200 breaststroke and Erik Ryan in the 11-12 boys 200 fly! Special congratulations to first time Age Group Championship finalists Caroline Kearney (7th in 15-19 200 breaststroke), Will Smelser (6th in 15-19 400 freestyle and 7th in the 15-19 200 freestyle), Jack Bair (4th in the 15-19 400 free) and Kristin Picard (8th in 11-12 50 backstroke). Congratulations also to the following first time Age Group top 16 finalists: Parker Ward, Paige Cleary, and Zach Pear. Other finalists for the Piranhas included Emily Molinelli, Amanda Bieler, and Elizabeth Kearney. A big thank you to officials Nancy Grune, Gigi Kearney, and Tom Ryan for fulfilling all of our volunteer requirements and to Gigi and Tom for fulfilling all of our finals requirements! You showed tremendous strength to battle through the hot temps all weekend and we appreciate your efforts!

Awesome swims at 2011 CT Regionals
The Piranhas traveled to Brookfield and Middletown this weekend for one of the last meets of the season. The CT Regional Championship was the culmination of many weeks of hard work and dedication for many of our swimmers and the Piranhas had an amazing meet!!   Among the slew of new Age Group and Seniors cuts, 75% of the Piranha swims were life-time best times!!! That is a huge percentage. On Saturday, the 13/overs had 2 swims that were not life-time best times.   The swimmers who had all best times for the weekend: Eric Liu, Zac Pear, Lauren Rutledge, George Sarbinowski, Rachel Stobbie, Parker Ward, Ben Zhao, Conway Zhou, Sheena, Zhou, Caroline Kearney, Lia Barsanti, Becca Maroney, Maggie Orem, Amelia Ornato, Matt Ross, Sam Schrenker, Megan Slaughter, Michelle Wall. Regional Champions included: Liz Kearney in the 100 Breast, Hadley Merrill in the 200 Fly, Zac Pear in the 100 Fly, 100 Back, and 50 Back, Rachel Stobbie in the 50 Free and 50 Fly. Congratulations to all the Piranhas for a great weekend of swimming! Keep up the awesome job!

CT Seniors July 14-17 @ Wesleyan
Great job to all swimmers who participated last weekend in the CT Senior Championships! The piranhas had a strong showing with a total of 36 swims returning for the evening’s championship final session. Special congratulations to the following top 8 finalists overall: Liza Bragg (100 back, 200 IM, 200 back) Jake Green (1500 Free), and Steven Grune (50 Free). Will Smelser and Chris Janson also finished up their season with lifetime best times in every event they swam. Special thanks also to our meet leader Laurie Orem.

Jake Greene wins CT Swimming Open Water Championship!
A group of 12 Piranhas, (Greene, Chris Janson Jack Bair, Gilmar Barrios, Cesar Pena, Hadley Merrill, Amanda Bieler, Sam Schrenker, Natalie Grune, Lia Barsanti, Becca Maroney and Amelia Ornato) travel to the Madison Surf Club Madison CT, for the annual Open Water Madison Mile.  This event is conducted as Connecticut Swimming’s Open Water Championship and the only open water race on the CT Swimming calendar.  This was a great and challenging opportunity to get the swimmers out of the “comforts” of the pool and into the open water.   Many of the Piranhas were swimming an open water race for the first time and they did not disappoint.  Jake Greene, a long time Piranha heading to Lehigh University in the fall, was not only the first 15-18 year old male out of the water, but the first overall swimmer to finish the race.  Jack Bair was the third 15-18 male to finish.  Amanda Bieler was third overall for the 13/14 girls followed by Amelia Ornato in 4th and Natalie Grune in 5th.  It was a great day in Madison and the Piranhas did an awesome job!

June 25-26, Sea Dog 12/U Invite @ Cheshire
The 12/U Piranhas made the early drive up to Cheshire both Saturday and Sunday to compete in the Cheshire Sea Dog Invite. It was a great experience not only swimming another long course meet before championship season begins, but also swimming outside in the elements! Swimmers battled colder temperatures and overcast skies on Saturday and warm weather and sunshine on Sunday. Everyone was prepared and swam great! There were many best times and big smiles. Great job to all who participated. Special thanks also to all of our parents who volunteered during the meet.

Wedneday June 8, Intrasquad Meet @ Darien

The Piranha Intrasquad meet this past Wednesday was a huge success! This meet is a great opportunity for House and 10/U piranhas to swim several good races, cheer on teammates, and have a fun time.  There were many new best times and great swims. All swimmers who participated did a great job and should be proud!  Special thanks to meet leader Mary Pasierb, official Gigi Kearney, and all Senior Piranha swimmers who helped make sure each swimmer was in the right spot at the right time!  Thanks also to our dedicated parents who volunteered to time or help with ribbon writing.  We couldn’t have done it without your help.

Sunday May 22 – WCYM Meet @ Brookfield
While the day was cold and dreary, the Piranhas were ready to heat things up in the pool!  In their second meet of the season, the Piranhas once again showed that they are willing to race anytime and anywhere.  A strong group of 13/O swimmers braved the cool temperatures in the morning and put together some great swims.  Once again there were many best times.  Our 12/U Piranhas showed up in the afternoon and were not going to let the unfavorable weather keep them from swimming fast!  Just like the morning, best times and great racing were the theme.  Congratulations to all of our swimmers for doing a great job.  Thank you to our parents who volunteered throughout the day.  The Piranhas will return to competition June 3-5 at the WAC Invitational at Wesleyan.  Results posted.
Wed, May 11th – Shoulder mechanics and injury prevention presentation
Thanks to Gigi Kearney, for taking the time to put on a great and informative presentation.  I will post the presentation shortly.  Presentation.


Link to May 15th meet article at the Daily Darien:

Saturday May 14 – OMNI Meet  @ Yale:  
The Piranhas kicked off their first weekend of long course competion at the annual Omin Invite at Yale University.  Will Smelser and Natalie Grune got the weekend started with two great 800s on Friday night.  Saturday morning, our 12/U Piranhas were excited and ready to swim fast!  For some, it was their first time swimming in a long course pool.  All the practices leading up to the meet paid off as the morning was full of best times!  Congratulations to Ali Truwit for breaking the Team record in the 9/10 Girl’s 50 Breaststroke!!  The afternoon session was a chance for our 13/O Piranhas to see how far they have come in the last year.  Once again, they stepped up and swam fast with many best times!  Thank you to our officials Tom Ryan and Martin Milewski and all of our parent timers that volunteered their time this weekend. The Piranhas return to action this coming Sunday at the Mako Invitational in Brookfield, CT. Results are posted.


Sunday May 15 – Piranha 9/U Yard meet  @ Darien YMCA
The Piranhas turned out in full force to represent our team during the Piranha 9/U meet this past Saturday at home.  There were several best times and during most races a Piranha could be seen out front.  Special congratulations to Spencer Erickson for placing first overall in the 9 and under Boys division 50 Freestyle!  Other Piranhas placing in the top 6 in an individual event in their prospective age groups include Lauren Picard (9), Halle Spataro (9), Payton Miller (8), Justin Osler (8), Jennifer Chen (9), and Arden Anderson (8).  Great work Piranhas – your hard word is paying off! Special thanks also to our meet leader Nora Baker, Senior swimmers and to all of our dedicated officials and parent volunteers who helped us run the meet.  We could not have done it without your support!

2011 Piranha Banquet
Sunday night the Piranhas capped off the 2010-11 SC Season with the annual Piranha Banquet.  Pat Morrissey started the evening with a heart felt and poignant invocation.  The evening was full of fun and inspiration capped off by speeches from 6 graduating Piranhas.  The Seniors spoke about how much the Piranhas and coaching staff meant to them as they progressed through the program and the best part, they all thanked their parents.  A huge thank you to Annie Slaughter and her crew for putting on a great banquet! 

Congratulations to Chris Weihs who was honored with the CT High School Swimming Scholar-Athlete award last week at the All-State banquet.  Only one boy from the state receives this award!


YMCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS                                                                                                                       
8 Piranhas traveled to the YMCA National Championship meet last week in Fort Lauderdale Florida. The competition was fierce with the meet featuring YMCA teams from the across the country and Canada! All the hard work and determination that these swimmers showed all season paid off as they posted many lifetime bests. The following team records were broken during the meet: Lindsay Tyler (Girls 15-18 and Open Division 500 Free, 1000 Free and 200 Back!) ; Jake Green (Boys 15-18 and Open Division 1650 Free – previous record set in 2003 by Matt Donch a 2008 Olympic Trials Semi-finalist!) ; Chris Weihs, Steven Grune, Jake Greene and Tyler Gould (Boys 15-18 400 Free Relay); Chris Weihs, Steven Grune, Jake Greene, Jack Bair (Boys 15-18 800 Free Relay); Tyler Gould, Jake Greene, Steven Grune, Chris Weihs (Boys 15-18 Medley Relay). Great work Piranhas!




Peter Clark, visit – swimmers
On Tuesday morning about 25 Piranhas piled into Henk’s office for an intimate and unique opportunity to sit down with one of USA Swimming’s top swimming advisors and consultants, Peter Clark.  Peter’s discussion centered on, how to formulate long and short term goals and the importance of both.  His discussion also touched how a swimmer could and should plan a season, college swimming and process of recruiting.  He also touched upon elite swimmers and how they become “elite,” how they prepare for races and how they plan.  He challenged the kids and he got them to think.  The best part is 99% of what he said, transcends swimming and sports.  He gave them valuable information they can use in all aspects of life.  It was an awesome discussion for all our swimmers who took advantage of this opportunity.   




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In an effort to keep parents educated and informed, the Piranhas have set up this webpage.  It is dedicated to educating the Piranha Parents.  This resource is a great place to read articles, get nutritional information and answer some questions you may have about swimming and you role as a “swim” parent. Most of the information linked to this page is from USA Swimming.  

Gigi Kearney Presentation – April 2011
Physical Therapist Gigi Kearney spoke about shoulder mechanics, stretching and injury prevention in the Community Room of the Darien YMCA last night.   The presentation was insightful, educational and well received.  She started the presentation with a brief look at the anatomy of the shoulder.  She spoke about shoulder stability, the benefits of yoga and core training, proper and improper stretches and the difference between ligaments and muscles.  She touched on the myths of overtraining, emphasized consistency with training and answered questions.




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Parent Commitment

We believe that parental involvement is essential.  Within the Piranha Parents Association (everyone parent of a swimmer on the Team is a member of the PPA), there is an opportunity for everyone to volunteer no matter your skills, interests or availability.  These opportunities include running bagel or pizza parties after practice, becoming a swim meet official, running a sign making party and much, much more.  Please be aware that during the season all parents must volunteer at meets. 

The links below describe the various volunteer opportunities available within the Piranha organization.

Meet Volunteers

Swim Meet Officials


Social Events and other volunteer opportunities

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Long Course Practice Schedule II

2012 Long Course Practice Schedule June 18 – July 19

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
House xxx 4:45 – 5:30p xxx 4:45 – 5:30p xxx 9:00 – 9:45a
Maia xxx 4:45 – 5:30p 5:00 – 6:00p 4:45 – 5:30p xxx 9:00 – 9:45a


5:00 – 6:00p

xxx 5:00 – 6:00p 6:30 – 7:30p 5:00 – 6:00p 9:00 – 9:45a
Poseidon 6:00 – 7:30p


DL 6:00 – 6:45p
Sw 6:45 – 7:30p

6:30 – 8:00p 5:00 – 6:30p 9:45 – 11:15a
Junior ll 6:00 – 8:00a


DL 6:00-6:30p
SW 6:30-8:00p

6:00 – 8:00a


DL 6:00-6:30p
SW 6:30-8:00p


5:00 – 6:30p

9:45 – 11:15a
Junior 6:00 – 8:00a


DL 6:00-6:30p
SW 6:30-8:00p

Sw 6:00-8:30a
DL 8:00-8:30a

DL 6:00-6:30p
SW 6:30-8:00p

6:00 – 8:00a
5:00 – 6:30p
6:30 – 8:00a
Senior xxx
5:00 – 7:30p

6:00 – 8:30a
DL 5:00-6:00p

5:00 – 7:30p

6:00 – 8:30a
DL 5:00-6:00p

6:00 – 8:00a
Sw 6 – 8:00a
DL 8 – 8:45a



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Stroke Clinics


Spring 2014 Stroke Evaluation Clinic – April 7th – 10th 

The Spring Stroke Clinic is offered to swimmers 7 years and up (swimmers aging up to 7 by the end of the year can participate).  All new swimmers including winter-only 2013-2014 Piranhas who did not register for Long Course 2014 or Fall or Winter House must attend the Spring Stroke Clinic to be considered for membership on the Team.  Any returning Fall or Winter 2013-14 House swimmer who wishes to remain in House for the Spring does not have to participate in the Spring Clinic.  Registration for Stroke Clinic may be done online or in-person at the Y by following the YMCA’s Spring 2014 Registration Schedule.  Returning full year Piranhas or seasonal Piranhas who participated in Fall or Winter House are not required to attend the Spring Stroke Clinic.  
All new swimmers including House swimmers must attend the Spring Stroke Clinic to be evaluated for Team. Fall and Winter House swimmers do not have to be evaluated for Spring House.  Each swimmer considering the stroke clinic should be able to swim at least three of the following strokes:  freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly, as well as be able to dive into the pool. During the clinic coaches will teach drills for all four competitive strokes, analyze technique and work towards correcting technical flaws.  New swimmers will be evaluated and some will be invited to join the Piranhas or House Swimming.  It is important for all swimmers to attend all four days of stroke clinic.  If you have conflicts please inform the coaches.  New swimmers who attend the stroke clinic are not guaranteed placement on the Team or House.  We have limited space on both and some kids will be put on a wait list or referred to lessons in an effort to keep kids in the pool.  Parents and swimmers will be notified via email about placement no later than one day after the completion of the clinic (see Y session brochure or clinic letter for detailed date and time).  Emails will contain all the necessary information about registration, start dates, suit fitting, etc.


Members $105

Non-Members $165

April 7th -10th
Monday – Thursday
Monday: 6:15-7:00pm
Tuesday: 6:30-7:15pm
Wednesday: 6:15-7:00pm
Thursday: 6:30-7:15pm

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Each Piranha family is required to participate in the Team’s fundraisers.  Every other year, the Team runs a Swim Challenge, a large effort swim-a-thon for which all Piranhas are obliged to collect pledges at minimum levels.   The minimum required level of financial participation will be determined by the PAC during its annual budgeting process.  On alternate years, the PAC will determine if a smaller fundraiser is required to meet their goals in support of the Team.  Fundraiser participation is a requirement of Team membership. Any requests for variation on your payment must be approved by the Head Coach before registration. Any swimmer in arrears of fundraising requirements will not be permitted to practice until account is settled.
Money raised from fundraisers fund guest speakers, Team items such as tents for summer meets, Team banners, much needed computer software for the coaching staff, timing equipment and allows the coaches to attend travel meets and clinics. 
2011 Commitment
As stated in your registration information you were given at the beginning of the swimming year, the commitment for each family is detailed in the packet cover letter.  Any family who fails to raise the minimum amount will have the amount deducted from their meet fee account.
2014 Packet cover letter
2014 Pledge Sheet
2014 Prize List
2014 Swim Challenge Schedule

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Refund Policy

Withdrawal from the Team
Starting in September, a swimmer who withdraws from the team within the first three weeks of the season will receive a full refund on training fees paid and PPA fees less a $25 administrative fee and any balance in their meet account, please note USA registration fees cannot be refunded once your swimmer is registered. From that point on until January 1st any swimmer will receive a 40% refund of paid Training Fees less a $25 administrative fee and any balance in their meet account, PPA and USA fees will not be refunded.  After January 1st, no refunds of paid Training Fees will be provided, but a swimmer can request their Meet Fee Account balance less a $25 administrative fee as long as said swimmer does owe any Piranha training fees or owe fees of any other kind to the Y.
For brand new swimmers who sign up in the Spring (not returning Piranhas who decided to take the winter off), a swimmer who withdraws from the team within the first two weeks of the season  will receive a full refund on training fees paid and PPA fees less a $25 administrative fee and any balance in their meet account, please note USA registration fees cannot be refunded once your swimmer is registered.  From that point until May 22nd, any swimmer will receive a 40% refund of paid Training Fees less a $25 administrative fee and any balance in their meet account, PPA and USA fees will not be refunded. After May 22nd no refunds of paid Training Fees will be provided, but a swimmer can request their Meet Fee Account balance less a $25 administrative fee as long as said swimmer does not owe any Piranha training fees or owe fees of any other kind to the Y.   
For swimmers not returning to the Team in the Fall, a swimmer can request their Meet Fee Account balance less a $25 administrative fee as long as said swimmer does owe any Piranha training fees or owe fees of any other kind to the Y.
Meet Fee Account
At the beginning of the new swim year, families with returning swimmers will have their meet fee balances from the prior year applied to their meet fee account for the current year.  Families with non-returning swimmers will be advised of meet fee account credit balances of greater than $25.00.  These families will receive a letter with balance details and instructions on how to get your balance refunded as long as said families do not owe any Piranha training fees or owe fees of any other kind to the Y.
At the end of each calendar year, all meet fee account balances of non-returning swimmers will be cleared. 

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The Piranha competitive swim program is affiliated with both the National YMCA and United States Swimming (USA Swimming). Our Local Swimming Committee is Connecticut Swimming, Inc. (CSI). The fees indicated for our program are reflective of the Club’s participation in both programs and are required of all participants.  
YMCA Membership
The Y membership fees are used for covering the actual YMCA facility expenses. All Team participants are required to have a full Child YMCA membership (vs ‘Member-kid’ membership which is granted free of charge when a parent joins the YMCA) and are eligible to participate in YMCA Dual meets, YMCA State Championships and YMCA Nationals. House Swimmers who are full child members of the Y will also be entitled to compete in YMCA dual meets.
Training Fees for 2012-13
This fee covers the coaches’ salaries and administrative costs


Group Name

Training Fee

Meet Fee**


PPA Dues*

Maia II (winter only)





Maia I (full year)

$970 $200



Nautilus II (winter only)

$800 $250



Nautilus I (full year)

$1,150 $325




$1,400 $400



Junior II

$1,500 $475



Junior I

$1,550 $475




$1,750 $525


*Multiple swimmer families receive a $50 credit for the second child and $35 credit for the third child on their PPA Dues.
**Sr and Jr I & II Swimmers who do not have a personal training kit will be required to purchase one when the season gets underway.  
PPA Dues
PPA dues cover an wide array of important Team expenses not covered by training fees.   Included are funds for Team spirit building social events (eg holiday parties, age group socials, post-practice feasts on the lawn), subsidy for our annual banquet, Team banner,  and Team T-shirts for championships. Also covered are the costs of registering and purchasing uniforms for our Team’s volunteer officials, website support and funds to subsidize swimmer’s costs for travel meets.  PPA Dues are determined during the PPA annual budget process, must be paid in full at registration and are non-refundable.
USA Swimming Fees
United States Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in the United States. The Piranha Swim Club is a member of USA Swimming through the Local Swimming Committee (LSC) of Connecticut Swimming Inc. The Piranha Swim Team participates in USA Swimming sanctioned meets throughout the course of the year. These meets are in addition to the YMCA dual and championship meets. Every Piranha swimmer is required to register with USA Swimming, in order to participate in these meets, as well as be insured while participating in practices and meets. The membership is effective from the September registration date. 
Meet Fees
All swimmers are required to pay an amount specified in the fee schedule for meet fees.  An account is maintained for each family to cover the entry fees charged by USA swimming for each event a swimmer is entered in. 
In preparation for every meet, Piranha management forwards a check to the hosting Team of each meet, with our Team Entry to cover meet fees for the whole Team.  ($4-$8 per event).  Payment is made to the host team on each swimmer’s behalf, regardless of whether they actually compete or not.  These checks are often for several thousands of dollars.  
Swimmers are entered based on check-off lists posted on the Team bulletin board in the YMCA lobby prior to each meet. Depending on the number of meets and events a swimmer enters, their meet fee account may diminish quickly or slowly.   Mid-season invoices will be sent to all families whose meet account balance is low.   No account will be permitted to go into arrears.   Swimmers attending championship meets may be required to make an additional meet fee deposit at the beginning of the championship season.   Payment is due in full upon receipt of any meet fee invoice.
For Team registration, an estimate is made of meet fee charges that each individual swimmer will incur over the course of the season.  The estimated amount must be paid in full at the time of registration.  Individual swimmer meet fee account balances are managed in the Piranha office.  Invoices for additional deposits mid-season, if needed, will be forwarded to individual swimmers.  Meet fee accounts will not be permitted to go into arrears.
If at any time you have questions regarding a balance or meet charges, contact the Piranha Administrator at the YMCA 203-655-8228, ext 329.
Insurance Statement
The Darien YMCA does not provide accident insurance for injuries sustained during YMCA activities. Participants in programs use the facility at their own risk. Members are encouraged to have personal medical insurance coverage.

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Code of Conduct


The Darien YMCA Piranha Swim Team abides by a strict Code of Conduct governing all coaches, swimmers, and parents. The purpose of the Code is to ensure that all those associated with Darien YMCA Piranha swimming treat others with dignity and respect.
The Code of Conduct is a condition of membership for all swimmers, parents and coaches.  All members of the Piranha Swim Team and their parents agree to abide by the Code of Conduct and agree to be subjected to the consequences of violating the Code.   
All enforcement decisions made by the Darien YMCA are final and are not subject to review. No refunds will be granted to those swimmers dismissed from the team for their or their parents’ violation of the Code of Conduct.
Roles And Responsibilities

  1. Teach and practice good sportsmanship at all meets and practices. You are role models! 
  2. Respect the sport.  Respect the officials. Respect the coaches.  Respect other parents, who often serve as volunteers.
  3. Do not coach your child. Let swimmers swim and coaches coach, and support both positively. 
  4. NEVER criticize other swimmers, coaches or officials regardless of the circumstances. 
  5. Follow the “24 Hour Rule”.  If you have a complaint resulting from a meet (or practice) situation, speak with the coach on the following day. 
  6. Notify the Head Referee or the Meet Manager if there is a serious problem at a meet.
  7. Emphasize the FUN of the sport and the benefits of training, competing and putting forth effort at all times.  Do not emphasize winning or beating another swimmer.
  8. Time at least twice during the season. 
  1. Any conduct, including abusive language and/or gestures, racially insensitive remarks, damage
    to property or belongings, or any other conduct that reflects poorly on you, the Darien YMCA,
    and/or the Piranhas is deemed to be unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This rule applies to
    all swimmers, parents, siblings and guests at all times when at meets and/or practices, on the
    pool deck, in the locker rooms or any other associated facilities. 
  2. You represent the Piranhas and the Darien YMCA during any meet or practice, home or away.  
    Any conduct such as shoplifting, destruction of property, illegal consumption of drugs or alcohol,
    or any other questionable activity will not be tolerated. This rule applies for the entire duration
    of such meet or practice.  
  3. The Piranha coaching staff and the Executive Director of the Darien YMCA will deal with
    unacceptable conduct at their sole discretion, imposing warnings, suspension or expulsion,

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Registration Information

How to Join

New swimmers must register for the Spring (not guarnteed to be held every year, check the Spring Clinic page for details) or Fall Stroke Clinic to be evaluated for placement on the Team. The Spring Clinic is for the Summer season (April-July) sign-up and Fall is for the Winter Season (Sept-March) or full-year (Sept-July) sign-up. Through these clinics all swimmers will be evaluated and some swimmers will be invited to join Piranhas, some will be invited to join House and some will be referred to YMCA lessons or put on a wait list. Please see “Stroke Clinic” under the Program” tab for more information.

Competitive Swimming Year

The Piranha Swim Team operates on an annual fee basis for all 10/overs: Fall registration will include training and meets for both the Short Course (SC) season and the Long Course (LC) season. Swimmers 9/under (as of the last Friday in August) will have the option of signing up as seasonal or as full year swimmers. The SC season (meets in 25 yd. pools) begins in early September and ends early March. For qualifying swimmers, the SC championship season may continue into April. After a short break, the LC season (meets in 50 m pools) begins in early April and runs to mid July. All returning Piranhas will receive a Registration Packet by email in EARLY AUGUST. You cannot register without this packet and there is no YMCA online registration for Piranhas. Returning swimmers will have until the last Friday in August to complete their registration and be guaranteed a place on the Team.

At time of Registration:

  • Full Child Membership to the Darien YMCA
  • Training Fee
    • All Swimmers will have the opportunity to pay in three installments
    • Information on YMCA Financial Assistance is available on request.
  • Piranha Parents Association (PPA) Dues
  • USA Swimming Registration (once per year)
  • Meet Fees (plus a one-time equipment kit fee for Junior/Senior swimmers)


Through the course of the season:

  • Each swimmer is required to buy a Team suit and cap. All Piranhas MUST have a Team Speedo bathing suit, Team t-shirts and bathing caps if worn.  In addition, swimmers must also have:
    • 13/Overs – Team warm-up and Team backpack
    • 11/12’s – gray Piranha sweatshirt, Team backpack
    • 9/10’sgray Piranha sweatshirt, Team backpack
    • 8/unders – aforementioned  t-shirts and yellow bathing cap (if worn)
  • Fundraising: Each Piranha family is also required to participate in the Team’s fundraisers. Every other year, the Team runs a Swim Challenge, a large effort swim-a-thon for which all Piranhas are obliged to collect pledges at minimum levels. The minimum required level of financial participation will be determined by the PAC during its annual budgeting process. On alternate years, the PAC will determine if a smaller fundraiser is required to meet their goals in support of the Team. The fundraiser participation is a requirement of Team membership. Any swimmer in arrears of fundraising requirements will not be permitted to practice until account is settled.
  • Senior swimmer travel is arranged for selected meets. For these meets a fee will be identified in advance. This fee will include applicable hotel, food and transportation costs and must be paid in full before a swimmer will be allowed to leave for the meet. In some instances, additional expenses may be incurred during the course of a meet and will be billed later. Swimmers with any delinquent Team fees will not be eligible to travel.

Insurance Statement

The Darien YMCA does not provide accident insurance for injuries sustained during YMCA activities. Participants in programs use the facility at their own risk. Members are encouraged to have personal medical insurance coverage.

Cancellations Go to for up-to-date weather-related cancellation information. Cancellations due to inclement weather are also broadcast over local radio stations. Participants may also or call the YMCA at 655-8228 ext 1329 to determine if practice is being held.


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Short Course Practice Schedule

2012-13 Short Course Practice Schedule Sept 10 – March 12

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
House xxx 4:45 – 5:30p xxx

4:45 – 5:30p

xxx 9:00 – 9:45a
Maia 4:15 – 5:00p xxx

4:15 – 5:00p


4:15 – 5:00p

9:45 – 10:45a

Nautilus II

6:15 – 7:15p


6:15 – 7:15p


6:30 – 7:45p

9:45 – 11:00a

Nautilus I

6:15 – 7:15p

6:30 – 7:15p

 6:15 – 7:15p

6:30 – 7:15p

6:30 – 7:45p

9:45 – 11:00a

Poseidon 7:15 – 8:30p

7:15 – 8:30p

7:15 – 8:30p

6:30 – 7:30p DL 5:15 – 6:00p
Sw 6:15 – 7:00p

9:45 – 11:15a

Junior ll 6:30 – 8:00p 6:30 – 8:00p

6:30 – 8:00p

7:30 – 9:00p DL 4:15 – 5:15p
SW 5:15 – 6:15p

6:30 – 8:00a


4:15 – 6:15p

5:30 – 7:00a
DL 5:30 – 6:30p

4:15 – 6:15p

5:30 – 7:00a
7:00 – 9:00p

4:15 – 6:15p

6:30 – 8:00a
Senior 4:00 – 6:30p 5:30 – 7:00a
DL 4:00 – 5:00p

4:00 – 6:30p

5:30 – 7:00a
6:30 – 9:00p

4:00 – 6:30p

SW 6:00 – 8a
DL 8 – 8:45a

DL = dry lands.   
Please note that early morning Thursday practices will not start until mid-late October. 





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Henry Ziegler Pool at the Darien YMCA

The Ziegler Pool is a 6-lane 25 yard facility with a maximum depth of 10 feet and minimum dept of 4 feet. The Ziegler features a high vaulted wood ceiling, a new Colorado Timing board, one meter diving board, spectator seating of 150 and a spectacular view of Holly Pond and Long Island Sound.








The Studios at the Darien YMCA



The Kirk Rhein Wellness Center

The “Wellness” Center boasts 14 Treadmills, 19 Crosstrainers, 4 Stairmasters, 5 Lifecycles, 3 Rowers, 6 Stationay Bikes, 7 Station Circuit Weight Machines, medicine balls, foam rollers, free wieghts and more. 

wellness center




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Long Course Practice Schedule I

2012 Long Course Practice Schedule April 9 – June 17

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
House 5:30 – 6:15p xxx 5:30 – 6:15p xxx 5:30 – 6:15p xxx
Maia 5:15 – 6:15p xxx 5:15 – 6:15p xxx 5:15 – 6:15p xxx


5:15 – 6:15p 6:30 – 7:30p 5:15 – 6:15p 6:30 – 7:30p 5:15 – 6:15p xxx
Poseidon 6:15 – 7:45p 6:30 – 7:45p 6:15 – 7:30p 6:30 – 7:45p 6:15 – 7:45p 9:45 – 11:15a
Junior ll 6:15 – 7:45p 3:00 – 5:30p 6:15 – 7:45p 3:00 – 4:45p 6:15 – 7:45p 9:45 – 11:15a
Junior 3:15 – 5:15p

5:30 – 7:00a
3:00 – 5:30p

5:30 – 7:00a
3:15 – 5:15p

5:30 – 7:00a
3:00 – 5:30p

3:15 – 5:15p 6:30 – 8:00a
Senior 3:15 – 5:30p 5:30 – 7:00a
3:00 – 5:30p
3:15 – 5:30p 5:30 – 7:00a
3:00 – 5:30p
3:15 – 5:30p 6:00 – 9:00a






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