Paddlers Pirates head coach Celeste Furmanek enjoys having Catherine Jakich, Cole DeYong and the Hagnauer triplets — Anna, Betsy and Chris — on her team.
The five swimmers are competing in their final year with the Pirates this summer. They joined the Paddlers Swimming Club when they were 4.
“It’s been fun to watch them grow up over the many, many years,” Furmanek said.
Jakich, DeYong and the Hagnauers are looking to help the Pirates finish with an outstanding season. Paddlers started its 2015 season in style on June 11, cruising to a 513-191 victory over the Sunset Hills Stingrays at Sunset Hills Pool in Edwardsville.
“I think we’ll do well,” Furmanek said. “We don’t have a lot of winter swimmers again and more and more teams are picking up on winter swimmers, so that makes a big difference in the summer league. But I just focus on kids improving and going their personal-best times. To me that’s more important than what place you get at the end.”
The Pirates will have their next three meets at home. They will compete against Splash City on June 25, Wedgewood on July 2 and Summers-Port in their regular season finale on July 7. Paddlers will host the Southwestern Illinois Swim Association championship on July 19.
Chris and Anna Hagnauer and DeYong each picked up a victory in the meet against Sunset Hills. Chris Hagnauer won the 100-yard freestyle in the boys 15-18 division with a time of 1 minute, 3.78 seconds. Anna Hagnauer, who helped the Granite City girls’ soccer team win a regional championship this spring, placed first in the 15-18 girls’ 100-yard backstroke in 1:19.81. DeYong, who plans to play soccer at Missouri Baptist this fall, won the 100-yard intermediate medley in 1:10.80.
Jakich, who recently signed a letter of intent to compete with the track and field team at SIUE next year, placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke and 50-yard butterfly and third in the 100-yard backstroke and helped the 200-yard freestyle team — which also included Anna Hagnauer — get a win.
In 2004, Jakich was a member of the 8U girls’ 100-yard freestyle relay team that swam a team record 1:25.27.
Betsy Hagnauer placed second in the 100-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard intermediate medley and helped the 200-yard medley relay team pick up a win.
Also, Jordan James and Maia Cain each picked up three victories in the 15-18 division. James placed first in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard intermediate medley and the 50-yard butterfly and Cain won the 100-yard intermediate medley, 100-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard butterfly.
Dawson James won the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard intermediate medley and 50-yard butterfly in the 11-12 boys’ division. Alec DeYong won the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke in the 15-18 boys division, Brady Smallie placed first in the 100-yard freestyle and 110-yard intermediate medley in the 9-10 boys division, Madilyn Curry came out on top in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard intermediate medley in the 11-12 girls division, Ella Fanning won the 50-yard freestyle and 25-yard butterfly in the 8U girls’ division, Noah Cain finished first in the 100-yard intermediate medley and 50-yard butterfly in the 13-14 boys’ division and Peyton Hatfield won the 50-yard breaststroke and 50-yard butterfly in the 9-10 girls’ division.
Noah Cain swam a team record 1:09.20 in his victory in the 100 intermediate medley.