Swim­mers take the plunge at Nova Tech meet

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AMHERST – Eight young swim­mers col­lected hand­fuls of awards at the re­cent re­gional Nova Tech meet in Truro.

“The Nova Tech pro­gram of­fers a sup­port­ive in­tro­duc­tion to com­pet­i­tive swim­ming,” said Spar­tans coach Man­son Gloade. “Swim­mers work through a tiered pro­gram to lay the foun­da­tions of tech­nique and en­durance, and have a lot of fun as a team as well.”

Three new Spar­tans swim­mers suc­cess­fully took the plunge.

“It was won­der­ful to see how they brought their best to the pool,” said Gloade.

Chelsea El­liott, Gemma Les­lie-Dowe and Ava Tag­gart com­peted at the in­tro­duc­tory level and col­lected best time awards for each of their swims.

In the Level 1 cat­e­gory, Rea­gan Bushen recorded best times in each of her events.

She placed first in the 50me­tre free, 50-me­tre back and 200-me­tre In­di­vid­ual Med­ley, and ranked fifth over­all in the 50-me­tre kick.

Four swim­mers com­peted as Level 2 swim­mers.

Ab­bie Byrnes placed sec­ond in the 50-me­tre back and 200me­tre IM, fourth in the 50-me­tre free and 50-me­tre kick, and fifth in the 200-me­tre free.

She recorded four per­sonal bests and met the qual­i­fy­ing stan­dards to move on to Age Group swim­ming.

Si­mon Buske swam to sec­ond place in the 50-me­tre free, third in the 200-me­tre IM and fourth in the 50-me­tre back and 200me­tre free. He col­lected per­sonal best awards in four of his events.

Aure­lia Mitchell ranked sev­enth in the 200-me­tre free and 200-me­tre IM events and recorded three best times at the meet.

New to Level 2 swim­ming, Olivia El­liott swam a per­sonal best in the 200-me­tre free event.

The Spar­tans train four af­ter­noons a week at the Cum­ber­land YMCA.

Dave mathiesoN – amherst News

Tak­ing a break from train­ing at the Cum­ber­land YMCA in Amherst to dis­play the rib­bons they re­ceive in Truro are: (front, from left) Rea­gan Bushen, Si­mon Buske, Aureia Mitchell, Ab­bie Byrnes, (back, from left) Gemma Les­lie-Dowe, Chelsea El­liott, Ava Tag­gart and Olivia El­liott.

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