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Piranhas take fourth at SSSL Finals

The Paola Piranhas placed the same in the South Suburban Swim League finals as they did in the regular season, a solid fourth place, as they racked up 211 point on the day, to finish comfortably ahead of Golden Valley and Butler, but a distant fourth behind the league "big boys" of Louisburg, Woodson and Harrisonville. Louisburg took the event with 563 points, while newcomer Woodson finished second and in the process knocking perennial league champion Harrisonville to the third position.

The Piranhas were againi paced by their older swimmers, as Katie Jo Kirk, Kayee Farmer and Patrick Kennedy did well against the full league in the 13-14 boys and girls divisions. Bridget Kennedy, Rachel Schmidt, Jendra Teuscher and Lea Hauldren in the 15 and over girls, and Alex Weatherbie, Gus Hart and Jared Auten, in the boys division held their own against tough competition.

In the 15 and over girls freestyle, Kennedy, Schmidt and Teuscher pulled off a first, second and fourth place finish. In the Butterfly, Kennedy and Teuscher finished second and third and Schmidt took first place in her signature event the backstroke, as well as winning the individual medley. In the relays, the team of Kennedy, Schmidt, Teusher and Hauldren took first in the medley relay and second in the freestyle relay.

In the girls 13-14 year old division, Farmer took first in the freestyle, and second in the butterfly. Kirk swept the backstroke and breast stroke, but fell to second place in the individual medley. In the relays, Farmer and Kirk, joined by Mollie Hart and Michelle Macke finised second in both the medley and freestyle.

Patrick Kennedy finished second in the breast stroke and backstroke and sixth in the individual medley in the 13-14 boys age division.

Weatherbie, swimming in one of the toughest divisions in the meet, the 15 and over boys, took third place finisheds in the freestyle and breast stroke and a fifth place finish in the backstroke. Also in that division, Jared Auten turned in two fourth place finishes in the fly and individual medley. The 15 & over division featured not only some of the best high school swimmers in the state of Kansas in Weatherbie and Auten, but included two collegiate swimmers from Woodson and other top Missouri High School Swimmers as well.

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