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With summer winding down, several local swim teams took to the pool for one last time over the weekend, looking to lay claim to a division title.
The Oldham County Piranhas, participating in District 2, opened the swimming Saturday with an 8 a.m. start time at the Plainview Swim and Dive Club.
Though the team would ultimately finish just outside of first place with 2,108 points, they would have several swimmers break division records.
Among those would be John Hoskins, who bested marks in both the 11-12 Boys 100 meter individual medley (1:14.75) and 50 meter butterfly (33.16), and Brendan Schonwetter, who finished atop the 7-8 Boys 25 meter freestyle with a time of 17.57.
For Hoskins, who had been swimming fast all year, that wasn’t much of a surprise. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t just as happy though.
“I kind of knew I was going to break (the records),” Hoskins said, “ because my times have been faster all year long. (When I finally did it though) I was happy and proud that I could say I had broken a division record.”
That said, Piranhas’ head coach Erin Esterle added the event was good for other reasons as well.
“We just moved down divisions this past year and we came in second, which is really well for our team, Esterle said. “I’m not exactly sure, but I would probably say that half of those competing (for Blairwood, the team that won) are year-round swimmers. On our team, I think we have only six kids that swim year—round.”
Another benefit, she added, is how many swimmers were able to participate. In previous years, with more competitive swim times, not as many were able to qualify. On Saturday, the Piranhas brought between 75 and 100 swimmers to Jeffersontown.
On the girls’ side, the Piranhas would finish in fourth place with a score of 982.5, while their male counterparts would grab second with 1,125.5 points.
The Glen Oaks Country Club team, participating in District 1, took to the Plainview pool with nearly 90 swimmers and had an equally impressive day, turning in a second place finish with 1,811.5 points. That feat marks the first time in over 30 years a team other than Douglas Hills and Plainview has finished that high in Division 1.
Gators’ head coach Marilyn Croak said that after what she witnessed Saturday that should become a more regular occurrence.
“We’re calling it the beginning of the Gator legacy,” Croak said. “We’re really proud of all of our swimmers. We did a really good job. It was a record-breaking year for us numbers—wise. I think we had 220 swimmers, so we had a lot of kids come out and it really helped us out doing so well in the championship.”
On the boys’ side, the Gators would claim a second place finish with a score of 919.5, while the girls would finish in third with a score of 892.
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