GRANITE CITY — So far, the Paddlers Pirates are enjoying an outstanding summer in the relay events in the 9-10 boys' division.
The Pirates won both the 200-meter medley and freestyle relays in the 9-10 boys' division in all four regular season dual meets, including Tuesday's meet against the Summers-Port Sharks at Paddlers Pool. Paddlers also won three relay events in the 9-10 boys' division at the SWISA Relays last month.
“They’re pretty impressive,” Paddlers coach Celeste Furmanek said. “That’s a good group of kids. There are a lot of 9-year-olds in that relay, so they will be together next year, which will be kind of cool.”
The 200-meter medley relay team of Christopher Taylor, Wyatt Loftus, Brady Smallie and Alexander Weaver won with a time of 3 minutes, 12.12 seconds. The 200-meter freestyle relay team of Weaver, Taylor, Smallie and Jake Curry won in 2:44.75.
But the strong efforts didn't help the Pirates knock off Summers-Port in the regular season finale for both teams. The Sharks won 218-135 to finish their regular season at 4-0.
“I put some people in events they have not swam before to see what I need to do to finalize my entries for the SWISA Championships,” Summers-Port coach Nancy Miller said.
“They’re due tomorrow, so I had to finalize them and get ready to go for Sunday. Sunday is the culmination of our season, so I was ready to go. I was very impressed with watching the kids who have trained hard all summer really dropped time today and do well, so I was pleased about that.”
Paddlers and Summers-Port will compete in the Southwestern Illinois Swim Association Championships at 9 a.m. Sunday at Paddlers Pool.
Caden Akal (13-14 boys), Jake Roth (11-12 boys), Anna Moehn (11-12 girls), Noah Clancy (13-14 boys), Luke Daniel (11-12 boys) and Aiden Napp (15-18 boys) each placed first in three events for the Sharks.
Akal won the 200 freestyle, the 50 freestyle and the 50 butterfly, Roth placed first in the 100 freestyle, 100 IM and the 50 breaststroke, Moehn had victories in the 50 backstroke, 100 freestyle and the 100 IM, Clancy won the 100 IM, 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Daniel finished first in the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly and Napp picked up wins in the 50 butterfly, 100 IM and 100 breaststroke.
Paddlers dropped to 2-2 after winning its first two dual meets. Last week, the Pirates lost to Water Works 340-337 at home.
In addition to their first-place finishes in the relay events, Smallie and Weaver each placed first in two individual events. Smallie won the 100-meter freestyle in 1:29 and the 100-meter intermediate medley in 1:46.22 and Weaver won the 25-meter butterfly and the 50-meter butterfly.
Maia Cain (15-18 girls) and Alivia Upshaw (9-10 girls) each had five first-place finishes. Cain won the 100 freestyle in 1:04.44, the 50 freestyle in 29.06 seconds and the 50-meter butterfly in 30.15 seconds and helped the medley and freestyle relay teams pick up wins.
Upshaw placed first in the 100 freestyle in 1:31.91, the 100 IM in 1:49.06 and the 50 backstroke in 52.25 seconds and helped the medley and freestyle relay squads pick up victories.
Emily Webb won three events in the 13-14 girls' division, placing first in the 200 freestyle in 2:27.44, the 100 IM in 1:16.87 and the 100 backstroke in 1:13.72.
Cain, triplets Chris, Anna and Betsy Hagnauer, Catherine Jakich and Cole De Yong were honored before the meet. They're competing in their final season with the Paddlers swimming team.
“They all swam outstanding tonight,” Furmanek said. “They all did their very best. It’s hard. That’s a big group of kids that have been here forever and they’ve been very solid the whole time they’ve been swimming. They’re very consistent. They’re always here and they’re always able to swim in the event that I put them in.”
Also on Tuesday, Summers-Port knocked off Paddlers 40-39 in the diving meet. The Sharks got first-place finishes from Luke Davis (8 and under boys), Addison Thomeczek (9-10 boys), Carsyn Brown (9-10 girls) and Mia Eickhoff (11-12 girls). Aubry White (8 and under girls), Hunter Parker (11-12 boys), Jake Klee (13-14 boys), Jordan Hall (13-14 girls), De Yong (15-18 boys) and Betsy Hagnauer (15-18 girls) picked up victories for the Pirates.
Summers-Port and Paddlers will compete in the SWISA diving championship meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at Summers-Port.