Carbonear and area swimmers medal at Gander meet

Melissa Jenkins
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Team showing improving results three months into season

Only three months into the swimming season, Poseidon Swim Club of Carbonear continues to demonstrate improvement in individual events and as a team.

Poseidon Swim Club members have been competing well this season, bringing home three medals from a recent meet in Gander. Those at the meet were, front — (l-r) Brooke Higdon and Sarah Forward; back — Haley O'Driscoll, Mark Peddle, Allison Somers, Drew Forward and Courtney Budden; missing from photo is Alex Neil.

Only three months into the swimming season, Poseidon Swim Club of Carbonear continues to demonstrate improvement in individual events and as a team.

Highlighted by three medals for overall performance — gold, silver and bronze — every member of the Carbonear-based team performed exceptionally well at the Gander Lakers Provincial Heats and Finals event Nov. 29 to Dec 1.

Each member swam hard to continue up the rankings from previous meets.

Senior swimmers

Local swim star 17-year-old Allison Somers, who was a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Canada Summer Games team this past August, made a clean sweep in her six events, taking home the gold medal in the over-15 female division.

Somers received a personal best time in the 50 metre butterfly (31.37), 100 freestyle (1:04.22), 100 fly (1:07.64), 50 free (30.39) and the 200 fly (2:29.61) events. She also swam 4:52.93 in the 400 free event.

Right on the heels of Somers was 16-year-old Haley O’Driscoll. She received a silver medal in the over-15 female division.

O’Driscoll earned first in half of her six events: the 200 Individual Medley (2:55.74), 200 breaststroke (3:23.52) and 200 backstroke (3:01.60). She swam against Somers in one event, the 50 fly — the stroke Somers earned a spot on the Canada Games team for — taking second with a time of 34.79. O’Driscoll also took second in the 50 breast (43.11) and 100 back (1:24.15). Swimming in the leadoff position for the 50 free relay team, she also earned a time of 34.62.

Poseidon’s only male participant, Mark Peddle, also earned three first place finishes and three third place finishes. He returned to his home pool with a bronze medal in the over-15 male division.

Seventeen-year-old Peddle swam a tough 50 fly race (31.14), edging out the next competitor by 0.14 seconds to take first. He also took first in 100 fly (1:07.07) and 200 back (2:39.78). In his other events, Peddle took third in 100 free (1:01.14), 50 free (28.68) and 50 breast (42.61).

Junior swimmers

Swimming through a shoulder injury, 11-year-old Sarah Forward swam three events — all breaststroke. Forward earned third in the 50 m (48.77) and fifth in both the 100 (1:47.31) and 200 (3:44.59).

Twelve-year-old Courtney Budden earned second place finishes in both 50 breast (44.31) and 200 back (3:06.33). She also received fourth in 100 fly (1:29.26) and 200 free (2:43.20), and eighth in 50 back (44.31). Budden also competed in the 200 IM event.

Brooke Higdon, 11, also competed at the meet. Her events included 50 free (40.71), 50 fly (51.52), 100 free (1:31.77), 100 breast (1:46.16), 200 free (3:19.78) and 200 breast (3:49.35).

Also at 11 years old, Alex Neil swam five events. She competed in the 50 fly (40.68), 200 IM (3:16.61), 200 breast (3:47.49), 50 free (36.43), 200 free and 100 breast (3:03.14). She also earned the fifth highest time as the leadoff position in the 50 IM relay with 44:04 swimming backstroke.

Finally, 13-year-old Drew Forward earned three personal best times in 50 breast (55.53), 200 free (2:56.75) and 200 IM (3:27.17). She also competed in 100 free (1:21.64), 200 breast (4:04.29) and 400 free (6:02.59).


The team placed sixth out of nine teams with an overall score of 152.00 (based on the Swimming Canada points system) in front of the Melville Mantas of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Aqua Aces of Stephenville and the Port Aux Basques Piranhas.

Poseidon can be seen next competing at the Short Course Championships in Gander Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

The team will host a provincial invitation event at the Carbonear Swimming Pool Feb. 21 to 23.

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