Thirty-eight swimmers of the Cochrane Piranhas are heading to provincials after a rare perfect performance at the Alberta Summer Swimming Association (ASSA) regionals at Calgary's MNP, Aug. 12-13,

Head coach Amy Swedlo says across the board the swimmers had exceptional performances. She gives a special tip of the hat to those who medalled for the first time in regionals.

She says a perfect meet is where the swimmers clock personal best times every time they hit the pool. There were no disqualifications and only four swimmers didn't make the finals.

"More than a third of our total number of individual medals were from swimmers that had never been on the podium for an individual event before," says Swedlo. "This speaks to our club's depth and development”

She gives a huge shout-out to first-time podium medallists Brielle Josiak, Reegan Holly, Zach Moore, Brooke Kubik, Cohen Hubbard, Madison MacPherson, Nigel Lange, Alex Broz, Jade Streuber, Lucas Rauhaus, and Grady Arsenault.

"They slammed best times for every single one of their races, so they may not be the ones that you're gonna hear about in the news of being the top performer, but they knocked it out of the park."

The Piranhas sent 65 swimmers to regionals. The top two swimmers in each event advances and there's a number of wildcard berths.

On the first day of competition, the Piranhas won 43 individual medals, one club relay record fell, and six individual club records were set.

The following day, the Piranhas secured another club relay record, 45 more individual medals were claimed, and three more club records fell. Caebri Smith and Oliver Johnson, smashed club records in each of their four individual events, one of which was a 50m fly record from 2014 held by Erik Nusl.

The ASSA provincials begin tomorrow at Edmonton's Kinsmen Sports Centre and wrap up Sunday.

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pir 3A few more of the medallists. In all, Piranahas won 88 medals in the two-day regional meet. (photos submitted)

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