Poulsbo Piranhas swimmer James Correll gets ready at the starting blocks. (Photo courtesy Erika VanHuis)

Poulsbo Piranhas swimmer James Correll gets ready at the starting blocks. (Photo courtesy Erika VanHuis)

Poulsbo Piranhas make a splash at long course championships

The team finished 12th overall

The Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team had a successful outing at the annual Pacific Northwest Swimming Long Course Championships earlier this month.

PPST had 13 swimmers participate in the event, with 11 of them qualifying for individual events. The Piranhas finished 12th overall as a team.

Among the top performers was 10-year-old Aubrey Hedstrom, who reached the podium in four different events. Hedstrom finished second in the 50-meter backstroke, 400-meter freestyle and the 50-meter freestyle, and took third in the 100-meter freestyle. She finished second overall in points in the girls 10-and-under division.

Ian Stefanski, 14, picked up three medals for the Poulsbo Piranhas. He finished second in the 1500-meter freestyle and the 400-meter freestyle and took third in the 200-meter backstroke. Stefanski also qualified for the finals in the 200-meter freestyle (finishing fourth), the 100-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke.

Nya Hays, 12, took home top-three finishes in two events — she finished third in the 100-meter butterfly and the 200-meter individual medley. Hays also finished fourth in the 50-meter butterfly and made the “A” finals in the 200-meter butterfly and 50-meter backstroke.

James Correll, 14, finished sixth in the 50-meter freestyle and also made the “A” finals in the 200-meter IM.

Both Hays and Correll were selected to compete at the 2019 Western Zone Age group championships in Oregon.

Dominik Irons, 10, finished sixth in the 50-meter freestyle and eighth in both the 50-meter butterfly and 50-meter breaststroke. Josh VanHuis, 10, took fourth in the 400-meter freestyle.

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