The Zone 8 Alberta Summer Games swim trials were held in Grande Prairie this past Sunday and the Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Club landed 13 swimmers on the zone roster of 24.
The Summer Games will be held in the Peace Region from July 19-22.
“That’s the largest number of kids we’ve had qualify from the city,” Piranhas head coach and director of swimming Alex Dawson said. “That’s a real good result for us, especially with it being in our hometown. We wanted to make sure we’re well represented (at the Alberta Summer Games).”
The range of the swimmers competing is between 12-15 years old.
The 13 swimmers representing the Piranhas are: Jordan Greber, Ireland Walsh, Carter Englebert, Gavin Greber, Owen O’Connell, Dharmik Pammidi, Kate Walsh, Kendra Cahisson, Marhsall Frayn, Darius Monfette, Jacey Ask, Paige Purnell, Avery Gibbons and Aspyn Hufnagel.
According to the Alberta Sport Connection website Ask won two gold medals at the 2016 Alberta Summer Games in Leduc when she grabbed first in the female 50-metre fly and the 200-metre individual medley. Ask also grabbed three second-place medals and one third-place medal.
The Piranhas have four more swimmers competing in Grande Prairie than they did in Leduc two years ago.
“I’m pretty happy with that,” Dawson said. “We’ve got a reasonably good chance with the swimmers we’ve got. Out of the 13, we’ve got six that are championship level swimmers. There’s a good chance we should be well represented on the podium.”