Sharks swim past Piranhas

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 18, 2011



LAPLACE — Belle Terre hung tough with Sun Villa through almost every swimming event in the River Parishes Swim Meet between the teams on Monday night, but the breaststroke event helped lift Sun Villa to a 315.5-228.5 victory on the road.

The Sharks outscored Belle Terre 74-29 in the breaststroke event, blowing a 15-point lead open into a 238.5-165.5 advantage.

The teams split the medley relay events evenly, while Sun Villa took two more wins in the freestyle.

“It was a pretty good competition, said Belle Terre coach Haley Montz. “There were a lot of our best times out there against a good team. I’m very proud of the way we performed.”

Montz said her relay teams were stout, noting them as a strength of the team so far this season.

“I think they feed off of one another, being such a big team thing,” said Montz. “Even as you get late into the meet, when the relays happen, they’re hyped up and cheering. They always support one another. I’m pleased with their attitudes and how they handle themselves, even when things may be going poorly.”

Belle Terre’s Carter Volion led the way for the Piranhas, sweeping his three individual events to finish a dominant night.

Colby Watkins, Dayton Jacob, Tyra Watkins, Gage Alleman each captured two individual first place finishes.

Tiara Williams, Colton Duhon, Payton Jacob and Gabbie Montz rounded out first place winners for Belle Terre.

Monday Belle Terre returns to action to face local rival Riverlands at 6:30 at Riverlands.

“The kids always get excited for Riverlands,” said Montz. “I think we’ll see our best effort on Monday.