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Piranhas open season undefeated

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By Mickey Patterson

BUCKNER – The Oldham County Piranhas swim team have been as fierce as their namesakes this season opening the year with four straight wins.

With 174 swimmers, the Piranhas have overwhelmed opponents with talent and with numbers at nearly every age level.

“There’s been no drop off in numbers, they still love us,” Piranhas coach Erin Esterle said. “We have a really good group of older kids and in the 12 and under group. We also have 32 kids in the six and under group and we are not sure where they all came from.”

With the strong start, the Piranhas could be on track to win a Division 2 title in the Louisville Swim Association. The Piranhas are competing for the title against Wolf Creek, Owl Creek, Copperfield and Woodhaven.

The Piranhas already own wins over Copperfield and Woodhaven this season giving them some confidence as they approach the end of the regular season.

The Piranhas will host the division championship at the aquatic center at 5 p.m. July 16.

The team is comprised of swimmers from all over the county and are sponsored by the Oldham County Parks and Recreation Department.

With so many swimmers, and so many younger ones, Esterle said the four-person coaching staff has gotten plenty of help in the water.

“A lot of our older swimmers have really done a great job of stepping up and helping out with the younger kids during practices,” Esterle said. “They get right in there with them and work and it really helps us as coaches.”

With so many swimmers Esterle said it’s hard to single out any stars, but there have been some standouts.

In a win over Tom Sawyer June 24, John Hoskins came through with four first place wins in the boys’ 9-10 year-old division. Chris Finch was another four-time winner in the boys’ 13-14 division.

In the girls’ 11-12 age group, Madeline Rice and Madeline Davidson split first and second place in four races. In the girls’ 15-18 division, Anne Scherer and Emmy Klump also won a pair of races and a pair of seconds.

In the younger groups, Jessie Bailey won a pair of firsts for the girls’ six and under group. Lydia Jackson took a pair of wins in the 9-10 group while Olivia Ferriell won in the 7-8 age group.

Esterle said the team is also strong in the boys’ 15-18 relay teams with a balanced group and the girls’ and boys’ six and under relay teams.

The Piranhas will host Wolf Creek at 6 p.m. Monday.

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