SPLASH!

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 08:22 PM

Consider the water in the Durham Summer Swim League unequivocally shaken, not stirred.

One team has done the unthinkable, downing a squad that more or less had been unsinkable.

It was a titanic win when the Woodcroft Whirlwinds splashed water on the Parkwood Piranhas with a 222-208 victory at the beginning of the month.

That was big because it’s not everyday that Parkwood gets beat.

Why, it hasn’t been even every year that Parkwood gets beat.

Prior to Woodcroft swimming past Parkwood during the first meet of the season on June 7, the Piranhas in at least the past 11 years lost just once and tied one time during the regular season and never failed to bring home the DSSL championship, Parkwood coach Greg Zoltners said.

Woodcroft got the victory with triple wins from Ryan Sutherland, Jenna Maloy, Adam Cocke and Stephen Young.

Parkwood’s triple winners were Paige Frasz, Hannah Gooch and T’Lez Foulkes.

“It has been several, several, several years since Woodcroft has beaten Parkwood,” Woodcroft coach Emily Allen said.

Parkwood’s dominance is surprising, Zoltners said.

“I think the gap is closing,” Zoltners said. “I think we’re going to have good meets with other teams this season.”

Woodcroft’s program has gotten stronger because the kids who started swimming with the team as 5- and 6-year-olds have stayed with the squad and developed, Allen said.

“We’ve had a lot of kids drop time and improve,” Allen said.

Woodcroft’s coaches do what they do, but the bottom line is the kids absolutely are bringing it when they show up at the pool, Allen said.

“In the end, it is the swimmers who are racing. It’s the swimmers who are getting those fast times,” Allen said.

Parkwood’s been so good so long because there is a premium on making sure the hard work of swimming remains fun, which is a big deal for those who are new to the sport and join the team unable to swim the length of the pool, Zoltners said.

The revenge of the Piranhas will have to wait. Parkwood and Woodcroft won’t wade in the water together until the DSSL championships at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Koury Natatorium on July 11-12.

Allen said she knows the Piranhas will be on the hunt.

“I’m sure they will bring their toughest competition, but we will try to be ready for it,” Allen said.

Cue the “Jaws” music:

“I’d like to think that we’ll give them a good run at the championships,” Zoltners said. “Good competition makes us better.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     John McCann is on Twitter: @johntmccann.