PEQUANNOCK – The Pequannock Piranhas swim team has its eye on the finish line heading into the final two weeks of the summer season.
With two respective league championship meets scheduled for early August, the Piranhas are making a final push to qualify additional swimmers in an effort to bring home team titles.
“We’re having a great season and the kids are having a lot of fun,” said Piranhas third-year head coach Rob Wenzel. “The swimmers have put a lot of time and effort in since we started the season in late June and their hard work is paying off. We have a good group of competitors and they all give us a good chance of competing for a championship later this season.”
The Piranhas compete in both the Ramapo Hills and Lakeland Swim Conferences. The two competitive conferences include member teams from Morris, Bergen, Passaic and Sussex Counties. Swimmers are divided into two-year age groups and by gender with boys swimming against boys and girls against girls.
“We start as young as five-years old and go right through high school,” said Wenzel, who is also the head varsity swimming coach at Pequannock High School.
Sponsored by the Pequannock Township Department of Parks and Recreation, the Piranhas is open to swimmers ages 5 through 18 from Pequannock and Pompton Plains as well as surrounding areas that do not field or sponsor their own swim team. Practices are held Monday through Thursday from 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. with two meets per week on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as invitational meets on Saturdays. The club’s home lake is Pequannock Valley Park in Pequannock.