Poseidon sends two to East Coast Champs

Melissa Jenkins
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Two swimmers from Poseidon Swim Club in Carbonear were in New Brunswick Feb. 28 to March 3 for the East Coast Short Course Championships.


Allison Somers and Courtney Budden earned their way to the competition by receiving qualifying times in events during the swim season. They swam against the best swimmers from over Atlantic Canada at the meet.

Allison, a 17-year-old swimming veteran who has experience swimming on the national scene, took home a silver medal in the 200 metre butterfly event with a time of 2:30.52. Fly is Allison’s swim stroke of choice, and she made the finals for all three fly events she swam – fifth in 100 fly (1:06.26) and sixth in 50 fly (30.17), where she also earned personal best times.

Allison’s other events included 100 freestyle (1:04.51), 200 free (2:14.27) and 400 free (4:49.01). Although she failed to make the final in the 100, she did place 11th and 13th respectively in her remaining events, earning two more personal best times.

Courtney has shown rapid progression in her young age. This 12-year-old has earned her way to the East Coast champs and chose to swim in six events.

Courtney took home four personal best times in 50 backstroke (39.31), 50 free (32.77), 100 free (1:11.10) and 200 free (2:38.60). She also competed in 50 fly (37.94) and 400 free (4:40.16).

This was the last competition before the Swim for Hope event, which is hosted annually by swim clubs across Newfoundland and Labrador. All funds donated to the event are split 50/50 with cancer care clinics across the province and local swim teams.

A total of 13 swim teams will take part in the relay event which runs overnight March 21.

Poseidon has been taking part since it began, 17 years ago. To date, the event has raised some $1.4 million. This year’s goal is $120,000.

Those interested in learning more about the Swim for Hope can contact the Carbonear Swimming Pool at (709) 596-7535.


Organizations: Swim for Hope

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador

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