Carbonear swimmers advance to competitive status for hometown swim meet

Melissa Jenkins
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Seven newly competitive swimmers, 10 others compete for Poseidon Swim Club

It was an exciting weekend for Poseidon Swim Club as it hosted its annual invitational meet at Carbonear Pool.

Some 170 swimmers from across the province, as well as Saint Pierre et Miquelon, travelled to the host pool Feb. 21 to 23. Many were experienced swimmers, while others were new to the sport.

The teams who competed were Poseidon, with 17 swimmers, St. John’s Legends (72 swimmers), Conception Bay South Bluefins (26 swimmers), Mount Pearl Marlins (25 swimmers), Gander Lakers (20 swimmers) and a single swimmer from the Corner Brook Rapids. Numbers were not available for Les Drakkars Swim Club from Saint Pierre et Miquelon.

Of Poseidon’s 17 swimmers — the most competitors they have had at a single meet this season — seven of them competed in their first meet.

Jorja Bennett, Megan Smith, Katie Butt, Allie Drover, Alaina King, Rylee Moores and MacKenzie Sutton were nervous for their first competitive meet, but excited for the opportunity to race against other swimmers.

 

Ready and eager swimmers

Jorja and Megan are best friends, and were eager to be competing. Even though they were in the same category — the 10 and under female division — the girls explained they felt they weren’t competing against each other, but supporting each other.

Both girls still had wet hair after just climbing out of the pool Friday night, Feb. 21 when they stopped to chat with The Compass. Their first event was 100-metre backstroke at 7 p.m., which they competed in the same heat.

“I’m nine, and Jorja is 10,” Megan said. “We are best friends, and we both just swam in our first event.”

When asked if they were still nervous because they had more events to swim, the girls laughed.

“Yeah, but it’s exciting,” Jorja explained.

Jorja swam the 100-metre individual medley (IM) — 25 metres each of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle — at 9 p.m. the same night and competed in six events during the weekend. Megan competed in four.

 

Strong competitors

Some of the team’s seasoned members were among the top ranked swimmers of the meet, earning top-achiever medals. Medals are only awarded to the top three in each division, not for individual events.

Mark Peddle and Allison Somers dominated their events, earning first in all six, while Hailey O’Driscoll swam hard, with two firsts, two seconds, a third and a fourth. Courtney Budden also earned a top position in her division.

Seventeen-year-old Mark, the team’s only male competitor, swam in the 50 fly event with a time of 30.77, 100 IM (1:12.42), 100 free (1:01.30), 50 free (28.36), 200 free (2:13.56) and 100 fly (1:11.67). He received a gold medal for his success in the 15 and over male division.

Allison, the team’s most veteran competitor, has experience at the East Coast Championships and was a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador team for the 2013 Canada Summer Games.

Although Allison swam in her usual events, 50 free (30.16), 50 fly (32.10), 100 fly (1:10.18) and 200 fly (2:38.06), she also took a shot at two of her lesser swam events, 200 breast (3:08.56) and 200 IM (2:42.24). She earned the top-achiever award at the meet, and received a gold in the 15 and over female division.

Courtney Budden, 12, walked away with a fthird-place bronze medal award in the 11 to 12-year-old female division. She achieved first place in 100 IM (1:25.61) and 50 free (32.88), second in 50 fly (37.11), 200 free (2:39.10) and 800 free (11:59.28). She also finished seventh in 50 breast, with 48.13.

Hailey O’Driscoll was another strong competitor, finishing with top times in numerous events. Hailey finished first in 50 breast (43.71) and 200 free (2:42.57), second in 50 fly (34.33) and 200 breast (3:17.34), third in 200 IM (2:56.81) and fourth in 50 free (33.76). Hailey earned a bronze in the 15 and over female division.

Both Allison and Courtney will attend the East Coast Champs in St. John, New Brunswick from Thursday Feb. 28 to Sunday, March 3.

Other results for Poseidon included:

 

 

First time competitors and completed events:

• Jorja Bennett (10 and under) — 50 free (46.93), 50 breast (1:12.95), 100 free (1:46.65) and 200 free (3:57.31);

• Megan Smith (10 and under) — fourth in 50 back (1:00.01), fifth in 100 back (2:12.07), 50 free (47.96) and 100 free (2:04.03);

• Katie Butt (13-14 division) — 50 breast (1:05.51), 100 free (1:52.39), 100 IM (2:06.68), 100 breast (2:17.85) and 200 free (3:54.64);

• Allie Drover (11-12 division) — 50 free (49.68), 50 breast (1:06.38), 100 free (1:51.38), 100 back (1:55.87), 100 IM (2:07.97) and 200 free 4:01.45);

• Alaina King (10 and under) — 50 free (52.10), 50 breast (1:06.87), 100 free (1:56.25) and 200 free (4:04.34);

• Rylee Moores (10 and under) — 50 free (52.83) and 100 free (1:50.15);

• MacKenzie Sutton (10 and under) — 50 free (45.65) and 100 free (1:50.65).

 

Experienced swimmers results:

• Sarah Forward (11-12 division) — 50 fly (seventh with 42.55), 100 IM (fourth with 1:28.89), 50 breast (48.40), 50 free (fourth with 35.07), 200 free (fourth with 2:44.69) and 200 IM (fifth with 3:08.24); Sarah was .04 seconds off achieving a East Coast Champs qualifying time in the 100 IM;

• Drew Forward (13-14 division) — 100 free 1:17.21), 50 free (35.53), 200 free (sixth with 2:45.37), 200 IM (3:12.61), 400 free (5:42.71) and 50 breast (49.54);

• Brooke Higdon (11-12 division) — 50 breast (sixth with 47.95), 50 fly 51.11), 100 free (1:30.22), 100 breast (third with 1:42.18), 200 free (3:13.05) and 200 breast (third with 3:37.55);

• Alex Neil (11-12 division) — 50 free (third with 34.59), 50 fly (first with 39.97), 100 free (sixth with 1:17.32), 100 IM (third with 1:25.78), 200 free (seventh with 2:47.70) and 200 IM (seventh with 3:12.13);

• Arianna Taylor (11-12 division) — fifth in 200 breast (3:49.01), sixth in 100 breast (1:48.40), 400 free (6:51.30), 50 breast (49.61), 200 free(3:18.68 and 200 IM (3:38.70);

• Danielle Taylor (13-14 division) — second in 200 back (3:14.72), fifth in100 back (1:30.86), 100 IM (1:37.74), 100 free (1:20.87), 50 free (35.81) and 200 free (2:53.69).

Organizations: Poseidon Swim Club, Les Drakkars Swim Club

Geographic location: Saint Pierre, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada New Brunswick

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