Piranhas pushing hard

Local team sees success at regionals, hopeful for provincials in Port Coquitlam

Piranhas swimmer Emma Joliffe gets ready to take to the water during the Regional Championships held last weekend in Nanaimo. Piranhas swimmers are headed to Provincials this weekend in Port Coquitlam.

Piranhas swimmers are seeing success already this season and are preparing to head on another medal mission this weekend.

The team just returned from the regional championships in Nanaimo which were held last weekend with 24 out of their 30 swimmers qualifying for the provincials which happened this past weekend (Aug. 16-18) in Port Coquitlam.

“Records were broken at our regional championships by Erin Jackson, Matt Jackson and Alexa Bryant,” said coach Kaela Richards, “but the swim of the meet definitely belonged to Lauren Mosher, a rookie in her first season who took off two seconds from her morning swim to out-touch two other girls to make it to the provincials.”

The team also has two relays competing in Port Coquitlam, including their Division 3 Boys team that won gold in both the medley and freestyle 4x50m relay events last year.

Phillippe-Andre Vellacott, Piranhas regional champion and last year’s provincial record breaker has also reached new heights.

He began full time winter training and recently competed in Nationals in Montreal where he placed fifth overall in the 50 meter freestyle.