Allison Somers sets personal high at Canada Games
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Carbonear swimmer Allison Somers is shown here competing in women's 200m butterfly B final at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Carbonear swimmer Allison Somers had a couple of goals in mind when she first entered the pool at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec Aug. 4-17.
One, she wanted to qualify for one B final in her events and two, she wanted to set personal bests in those events.
Somers was able to do both of those during her time at the Universitie de Sherbrooke.
“I had two out of three best times, so I was happy with that,” she said.
Somers had her best result in the women’s 200metre butterfly event.
She qualified for the B final with a time of 2:32.32, which beat her previous personal best in that event by more than three seconds.
In the B final, Somers finished 8th.
“That was probably my best swim,” she said.
Somers also competed in the 50m butterfly, as well as the 100m butterfly.
In the 50m preliminary race, Somers set another personal best with a time of 30.76, while she finished the 100m with a time of 1:08.50.
Somers was also a part of a Newfoundland and Labrador swim team that had the goal of finishing higher in the rankings than the team did four years ago in Prince Edward Island.
While she was not sure of the final rankings, she believes the team achieved its goal.
“I believe we finished higher than we did four years ago,” she said.
As it stands, Somers and the rest of her swim team are responsible for the only medal for Team NL. St. John’s athlete Owen Daly picked up a silver medal in the men’s 50m butterfly.
One of the neat things about competitions like the Canada Games is that it affords people the opportunity to see the country’s next set of participants in the Olympic Games.
“It’s nice to watch them, but at the same time, there were swimmers on the same level as us, so it was nice to race them,” said Somers.
It took until the opening ceremonies for it to kick in that Somers was at the Canada Games.
With a travel day prior to the event, everything was “laid back” for Somers and her teammates.
“When we went to the opening ceremonies, that kind of got everything started for us,” she said. “It got everything started and got the adrenaline going.”
With all of the training that went into the preparation for the Games, it is not hard for athletes to reach new heights in their performance.
Somers is no different.
“I feel that my swimming has improved since the beginning of the summer,” she said.
Somers credited working with the Games team coaches as a catalyst in her drastic improvement.
“They’ve been helping me all summer,” she said. “They’ve been really helpful.”
Participating in the Games has also allowed Somers the opportunity to grow closer with the other members of the team.
“From training in St. John’s, and we had a training camp in Montreal, and the whole Games experience, they’re just as close a friends with me as my friends from home,” she said.
When the next set of Games roll around for Winnipeg in 2017, Somers will have aged out of the program.
However, she had such a good experience in 2013 that Somers hopes to still be involved at that time.
“In the future, if I could go as a coach, I would definitely go again,” she said.