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A couple of Cockeysville area teams score successes in their own way

The mighty Piranha swim team of Springlake Swim Club just completed an amazing season. It put together an undefeated record during the regular season and finished it up by winning the divisional championship in the Central Maryland Swim League.

With a strong and growing program, the Piranhas were under the direction of a new coaching staff this year, with Soloman Sniad as head coach, and Kyanna Cadwaller and Ellie McComas as assistant coaches.

They also had a strong showing at the Straehle Invitational championship swim meet, placing fifth overall out of 48 teams from around central Maryland. Competing against more than 1,200 swimmers, some Piranhas had an especially strong showing, especially Tristan Furlow, who swept his events by finishing first in the freestyle, individual medley and breast stroke. He led his 9-10 boys age group by earning the most points among all the competitors.

Springlake also had their 8-and-under mixed free relay group take the top honors at the Straehle, featuring Lucas Decuypere, Madeline Ryan, Emmitt Donoho and Maya Raley.

Winners at the divisional meet included the 13-14 boys 100m free relay team of Trey DuFauchard, Ethan McKenna, David Zea and Ryan Merani, and the 15-and-up mixed relay team of Logan Gallant, Peyton O’Brien, Emma Schultz and Tommy Hurley.

Ocean Furlow, Tristan Furlow, Kate Furlow, and Logan Betkey all captured individual top honors at the divisional meet as well.

Other notable swimmers included Riley Bruning, Kyla Bushey, Andrew Cirincione, Aleena Correal, Amelia DePaola, Gabriella DePaola, Sophia DiDonato, Christianna Furlow, Alexander Gospodinova, Caitlin Hurley, Ian Murray, Alanna O’Brien, Tristen O’Brien, Claire Schwab, Ava Verocollone, Grayson Verocollone, Eva Villagomez and Jacob Villagomez, who all placed in the top three at the divisional meet in an individual or relay event.

Congratulations to the entire team, coaches, parent volunteers and Danielle Circinone, swim team coordinator!

The mission team at Epworth United Methodist Church in Cockeysville also has been busy this summer, as it traveled to Winthrop, Maine to tackle some much-needed projects for local residents and organizations.

The team, composed of high schoolers and adult volunteers, was based at Camp Mechuwana, a local Methodist summer camp founded in 1948, and its projects took place both at the camp and in the surrounding community.

Between building projects, painting, installing siding and yard cleanup, the team was kept busy during its trip. One particularly meaningful project was doing home repair and cleanup for a 95-year-old married couple. The team also visited a local nursing home for activities with the residents. Sounds like it was a very productive week filled with service and community.

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