By NICHOLAS MERCER
Gold has become the new favourite colour for Sarah Hiscock.
The 13-year-old from Carbonear reached the top of the podium in the Girls 11-14 50 SC Metre Backstroke Sunday evening at the Carbonear Swimming Pool.
Hiscock turned in a personal best performance, besting her preliminary time of :36.64 with a time of :36.51.
Her closest competition was from Sophia Butler of St. John’s/North, who finished with a time of :36.92.
Alyssa Davis of Avalon rounded out the top three with a time of :37.16.
Hiscock said that leading up to the final race, she “was really nervous” as she stepped onto the starting block because she had only recently started swimming the backstroke prior to the Games.
However, once the race started Hiscock could feel herself settling down and she went on to turn in her gold medal winning performance.
Hiscock said it was “great” to be able to perform so well in her home pool.
“It was fun,” she said. “I felt proud to be up there on the podium with everyone cheering.”
Hiscock was not the only host team swimmer to find success in the pool Sunday evening.
Her teammate, Allison Somers, had a productive evening at the pool picking up a silver medal in the Girls 15-18 100 SC Meter Freestyle and a bronze in the Girls 15-18 100 SC Meter Butterfly.
“There was good racing, and I felt good in the water,” said the Carbonear resident.
Somers headed into the freestyle race with the top qualifying time from the preliminary races at 1:06.63.
In the final, she shattered that time with a 1:05.86, but it was not enough to snatch gold from Kaitlin Denine of Mount Pearl/South, who finished with a time of 1:05.56.
For her bronze medal, Somers entered the final of the butterfly with the second fastest time during prelims after swimming a 1:14.14. She could not duplicate those results, swimming a 1:25.49.
She said it was special to perform well in her home pool.
“It’s where I’ve been swimming my whole life, it’s where I train and it feels natural to be in there,” said Somers.
The host’s Dylan Hoben just missed the podium in the Boys 11-14 100 SC Meter Freestyle with a time of 1:07.41, good for a fourth place finish.
He also finished fourth in the Boys 11-14 50 SC Meter Breaststroke with a time of :40.60.
Haley O’ Driscoll of Bay Roberts finished fourth in the Girls 11-14 50 SC Meter Backstroke with a time of :42.12. She was swimming for the Avalon team.
For Avalon, Bay Roberts’ Kyle Downey captured a bronze medal in the Boys 11-14 50 SC Mete Breaststroke with a time of :40.25.
Downey would also grab a gold medal as a part of the Avalon Boys 11-14 200 SC Meter Freestyle relay team.
Bay Roberts swimmer Morgan Kearley was a member of the bronze medal Avalon Girls 11-14 200 SC Meter Freestyle relay team.