Bay Roberts Sea Lions continue to soar

Swim club wins top team award; sets records at summer event

Terry Roberts
Published on September 6, 2012

The Bay Roberts Sea Lions continues to set the standard in the province when it comes to summer swim club success.

The 159-member club captured yet another top team award this year at the summer club championships held in Gander from Aug. 24-26. A total of 10 teams were in the hunt for the overall award.

It's an award the club has practically owned through the years, with 18 provincial championships to its credit since it was established in 1985.

Members also set six provincial records at the event, including setting a new standard - two minutes, 6.18 seconds - in the boys' 200 metre freestyle relay (ages 13-14). The previous record had been on Swimming Newfoundland and Labrador's books for 13 years.

Members of the relay team included Ryan Dawson (Bay Roberts), Charlie Spicer (Clarke's Beach), Andrew Churchill (Roaches Line) and Kyle Downey (Brigus).

Other records included the following:

° Riley Mercer of Bay Roberts shattered a long-standing record in the boys' under-nine 25 metre breaststroke, stopping the clock at 24.60 seconds. The previous record was set in 1997.

° Cameron Simms of Coley's Point set two records at the event. He posted a time of 38.01 in the boys' 50 metre butterfly (ages 11-12) and 36.95 in the 50 metre backstroke (ages 11-12). Both records had been on the books for at least three years.

° Alyson Thomas of Bareneed was practically untouchable in the girls' 50 metre breaststroke (ages 9-10). Thomas broke the record three times during the competition, and stormed to victory in the final with a time of 47.78 seconds.

° Morgan Kearley of Coley's Point won gold in the girls' 50 metre butterfly (ages 13-14) with a record-setting time of 35.72 seconds.

Sea Lion competitors also turned in 76 personal best times at the competition, likely the most in club history at a single event, said one executive member. In all, just over 100 members made the trip to Gander.

The club celebrated its success at a season-ending banquet on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Club member Devon Percey of Avondale explained why the Sea Lions have been so successful.

"We're not the biggest, but we have the most depth, the most dedication and the most determination."

"We also have an outstanding executive," he added.