Palm Springs Piranhas host mega swim championships

December 11th, 2013 | by Patti Myers | Comments


More than  1,200 of Southern California’s best high-school age swimmers will descend upon Palm Springs Friday, Saturday and Sunday to compete in the Southern California Winter Age Group Championships.

The event is hosted  by the Piranha swim team at the Palm Springs Swim Center, 405 S. Pavillion Way. Prelims begin at 8:30 a.m. daily with the finals set for 5 p.m. All events are open to the public for free.

“It’s an honor to have this meet here at our pool for the fourth year,” said Piranhas coach Jeff Conwell. “Hosting 1,200 swimmers along with another 3,000 coaches, officials, and family members is no easy task but we are ready thanks to the help of our parent volunteer force
and the City of Palm Springs.”


Swimmers 18 and younger earned a spot to the championship through previous meet performance this season.

According to coach Alica Conwell, who also coaches at Shadow Hills, the competition includes top teams NOVA and Rose Bowl.

The Piranhas will be led by Palm Springs’ Alexa Wasserman, who will swim for Oregon State and Xavier Prep junior Shelby Andrade, La Quinta’s Bryce Ramos and also 8th-grader Kelly Andrade.

Kat Wickham and Faith Travis, both of Palm Springs High, will be miss the first two days of competition due to qualifying for the USA Swimming Junior National Championships in North Carolina. Wickham, who will swim for the University of Utah and Travis, who will compete for UC Santa Barbara, have qualified for nationals in four events. They are expected to return for the final day here to swim relays.





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