Piranhas finish with a bang, defeat Ellender

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Sports Editor

Belle Terre finished off its regular season on a positive note, defeating visiting Ellington on Thursday night 428.5 to 73.5.

The Piranhas (2-4) led from start to finish, and close the swim season out with wins in two of their last three meets.

“It was good for the whole team,” said Belle Terre swim Coach Laura Bailey. “Everybody swam season-best times. They’ve dropped their times in every meet. It’s good to see them excel.”

Tyler Songy, Sean Doody, Gage Alleman, Blaine Tatje, Ashton Torres, Sophia Simon, Tyra Watkins, Cari Jane Roussel, and Alexis Bailey all won three individual events each.

Belle Terre scored 90.5 points in the freestyle event; 81 in the backstroke; 77 in the breaststroke; and 75 in the butterfly. The Piranhas topped things off by scoring 42 points in the medley relay and 63 in the freestyle relay.

Caitlyn Chabert captured two individual events for the Piranhas.

Rounding out the first place winners for Belle Terre were Noah Duncan, Austin Douroux, James Krawczyk, Tai Sutherland, Addison Smith, Madison Torres, Giselle Jase, and Ansley St. Pierre.

Lauren Smith, Joseph Faucia, and Joey Richard took first place finishes for Ellington.  

Bsiley said that she plans on giving her team the rest of the week off, before getting back to work in preparation for the River Parish Invitational meet that begins July 11 at LaVacharie.

She expects her team to be hit hard by summer plans and vacationing. Only a third of the Piranha team will likely compete at the event, she says.

But she says the ones that do will gain some positive experience.

“We’re treating this as a bigger meet than we’ve done so far,” said Bailey. “I want them to grasp this kind of a competition, (where so many teams are involved).”