Piranhas Take a Bite Out of Senior "Chomps"
Piranhas Take a Bite Out of Senior "Chomps"
Eleven Piranhas made their presence known at the Virginia Swimming Senior Championships in Richmond July 21-24.  In total, they delivered 45 best times in 57 events (~79%) and five out of the 11 swimmers swam 100% best times.  Here are more of the individual highlights:
Kelsey Childress put up 4 new lifetime bests, including an impressive 8-second drop in the 400 IM and a greater than 3% improvement in her 100 breast.  
Tara Enneking made her Senior Champs debut in excellent fashion, earning a second swim in her very first event, the 100 breast.  She also swam lifetime bests in the 200 breast and 50 free and swam ferociously on relays.
John Michael Gordon delivered 100% best times, the most awesome of which was probably his heat-hammering 7-second drop in the 400 free that earned him a spot in finals. He also improved his 400 IM by nearly 5 seconds to earn a finals swim in that event too.
Josh Hankey achieved a milestone goal in the 100 fly by breaking the 1:00 barrier (not once, but twice), going 59.36 at finals.  He also took down his personal records in the 200 back, 200 fly, and 400 IM and was a reliable relay member all weekend.
Brendan Murray was a distance and relay ace all weekend, dropping time like it was hot.  He improved by 33 seconds, 21 seconds, 10 seconds, and 3 seconds in the 1500-800-400-200 freestyles respectively.  Brendan achieved this with careful, confident pacing and a willingness to go for it!
Ethan Navarro posted 4 best times, achieving a new Futures meet cut in the 200 IM with his late-Sunday outside smoke from lane 8 at finals, when he went 2:12.31.  This excellent swim narrowly missed the team record of 2:11.98. His 200 breaststroke swim at finals was his best time by almost 4 seconds. Ethan will swim at the Futures meet in College Park, Maryland August 5-7.
Austin Orange was coming off an excellent performance at the Summer Awards meet, and still managed to swim well, beating his previous best in the 100 breast on his second taper.
Lexi Plogger raced to 3 new lifetime best times, one each in freestyle, IM, and breaststroke, having to corral her natural speed in some cases.  She was a key relay member all weekend and swam with pride for her team.
Sutton Schonfelder had an excellent meet, posting 100% best times.  He has been Mr. Steady all season, chipping away at his times.  This meet, he dropped 4 seconds in the 200 breast to earn a second swim, improving by nearly 5% in that event at his season-ending meet.
Ashley Sennett lowered the distance BOOM on the meet, shedding time in 100% of her events.  Her 22-second drop in the 1500 and 16-second drop in the 800 were particularly impressive.  She raced with the confidence that only good preparation can bring, and it paid off for her in a big way.
Casey Wrabley made her last LY meet before she heads off to college a memorable one, swimming to 5 best times over the course of the weekend.  Most memorable was her 15 second drop in the 400 IM (happily earning her two swims :-) and her 6-second improvement in the 400 free.  What a way to go out!

Great meet, Piranhas!!!


Here are a few of the crazies going nuts about their best times: