Off the deep end: an­other strong year in the swim­ming pool

St. An­thony Dol­phins hosted an­nual ban­quet Oct. 16


ST. AN­THONY, NL – It was an oc­ca­sion for the St. An­thony Dol­phins Swim Team to cel­e­brate an­other great sea­son.

On Oct. 16, the team held its an­nual ban­quet at the Po­lar Cen­tre in St. An­thony.

Swim­mers re­ceived var­i­ous awards and hon­ours for their ac­com­plish­ments this year, which in­cluded many strong fin­ishes at the Pro­vin­cial Sum­mer Club Cham­pi­onships in Gan­der on Aug 25-27.

An­gela Cron­helm was one of the big win­ners in the cham­pi­onships. She picked up three gold medals in the 16/17-year old girls’ cat­e­gory.

For her per­for­mance and for pick­ing up the most points on her team, Cron­helm was named St. An­thony Dol­phins’ Swim­mer of the Year.

At the ban­quet, she be­came the first re­cip­i­ent of a brand­new plaque to com­mem­o­rate the achieve­ment.

This was the first time a plaque had been pre­sented for the award.

Coach He­len Pen­ney says the club had some ex­tra money on hand this year and put it to­wards get­ting the plaque.

In Gan­der, Cron­helm was also named the Top Fe­male Achiever in the 17/18-year-old cat­e­gory. Mean­while, Brooke War­ren, a for­mer Swim­mer of the Year re­cip­i­ent her­self, was named Top Fe­male Achiever for the 15/16-year-old girls.

War­ren picked up two gold medals and one sil­ver at the event.

All swim­mers re­ceived medals at the ban­quet to rec­og­nize how im­por­tant each one of them is to the 31-mem­ber team.

They re­ceived medals for fin­ish­ing in the top three in their di­vi­sions at the Gan­der provin­cials, and rib­bons were pre­sented for fin­ish­ing fourth to sixth.

Medals were also given to swim­mers who im­proved their times be­tween the Rocky Har­bour in­vi­ta­tional and the Gan­der provin­cials.

Other mem­bers re­ceived medals for an as­sort­ment of other ac­com­plish­ments through­out the year.

“It’s im­por­tant that they cel­e­brate their achieve­ments, even if it’s just the small­est thing,” said coach Pen­ney. “It’s im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge that they’re all a part of the team and they’re as im­por­tant to the team as some­body like Brooke (War­ren) and An­gela (Cron­helm).”

The Dol­phins’ swim­ming sea­son runs from the be­gin­ning of July through Au­gust. Kids aged nine and younger trained all sum­mer for three hours a week, while the older swim­mers swam five hours a week.

Some also helped train their younger team­mates.

The sea­son con­cluded for the team with the sum­mer club provin­cials, where the girls fin­ished in fifth place and the boys fin­ished in eighth.

They par­tic­i­pated against teams from Clarenville, Spring­dale, Rocky Har­bour and else­where. Over­all, the team placed sev­enth with 72 points.


St. An­thony Dol­phins swim­mer Will Gib­bons springs for­ward off the block and dives into the wa­ter for his race in Gan­der in Au­gust.


Brooke War­ren em­braces two of the younger swim­mers, Kai­ley Tucker, left, and Me­gan Blake, right, dur­ing provin­cials in Gan­der in Au­gust.


An­gela Cron­helm, left, re­ceives a plaque from coach He­len Pen­ney rec­og­niz­ing her as the St. An­thony Dol­phins’ Swim­mer of the Year at the club’s ban­quet on Oct 16. This is the first time a plaque has been given out for this hon­our, given to the ath­lete who re­ceived the most points for the team at pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion. Cron­helm also re­ceived the Top Fe­male Achiever Award in the 17/18-year-old cat­e­gory at the provin­cials.


For a fleet­ing mo­ment, St. An­thony Dol­phins swim­mer Me­gan Blake comes up for air dur­ing a race at a Rocky Har­bour in­vi­ta­tional this sum­mer.

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