The Perryville Piranhas kicked their first meet off with a bang Saturday.
The boys earned first overall with 254 team points finishing ahead of the Ste. Genevieve Stingrays who finished with 214 points. The girls’ finished third place out of four teams with 212 points.
The meet was a four-team event with Ste. Genevieve, Farmington and River City Aquatics held at the Perry Park Center pool.
One of the biggest reasons for the boys success was Wade Fulhart. He won all four of the events he competed in (the 50 meter freestyle, 50 meter backstroke, 50 meter butterfly and the 50 meter individual medley) Fullhart, who competed in the 11-12 age group shaved nearly two seconds off of three of his times.
His time in the 50 meter freestyle (32.81 seconds) had the best improvement he saw from last summer, when he shaved 2.10 seconds off his personal best.
That was a common theme for the day for the boys team as they garnered eight first place finishes, while the girls had 10 top finishes.
Jesse Schupp earned three first place finishes in the 15-18 year old bracket with top finishes in the 100 freestyle (1:04.53), the 100 breaststroke (1:27.37) and the 200 meter individual medley (2:49.52). The best improvement for the 15- year-old came in the freestyle where he lowered his time by 6.29 seconds.
Jesse Schupp also earned second place in the 50-meter freestyle.
Other top finishes on the boys side include Bryce Fullhart earning first in the 9-10 year-old 50 meter breaststroke (58.65) Bryce Fullhart also had two second place finishes in the 50 meter backstroke and 100 meter IM.
Jacob Schupp earned a first place finish in the 50 meter breast stroke (46.93). Jacob Schupp also earned second place in two other events.
Paxton Meyer earned a second place finish in all five of his events in the 13-14 age group, including the 200 IM in which he shaved 12.84 seconds off his previous best time.
On the girls side. Lux Meyer earned three separate first place finished in the 8 and younger age group. She finished first in the 25 meter freestyle (21.47), backstroke (24.78), and 50 meter freestyle (51.68)
Maeve Brummel matched Meyer with three top finishes of her own in the 15-18 age group. Brummel finished first in the 100 freestyle (1:13.33), the 100 meter breaststroke (1:40.24) and the 200 IM (3:07.03) in which she shaved 9.75 seconds off her previous best time.
Myla Brummel earned two top finishes in the 11-12 age bracket in the 50 meter backstroke (42.71) and the 100 IM (1:36.34).
Alivia and Anna Yamnitz each had a top finish in a single event as Alivia won the 50 meter butterfly (1:12.84) in the 9-10 age group, while Anna won the 50 meter breaststroke (49.60) in the 11-12 age group.
The Pranhas will have their second and last home meet of the year Saturday June, 12 at the Perry Park Center when they host Farmington, Ste. Genevieve and Poplar Bluff.
The Piranhas have five meets this summer through July 17.