Gander Lakers have strong performances at provincial meets
Gander Lakers Swim Club members averaged four personal best times at the recent Winter Tune Up long-course meet in St. John’s.
The Gander team had 12 swimmers in the pool for the two-day meet Feb. 2-3 at the Aquarena in St. John’s.
Dylan Morawski led the squad with three firsts, two seconds and one fifth-place finish, while achieving three personal best times and edging closer to Canadian Eastern National qualifying times.
Ewan MacLean had two firsts, one second, two thirds and one fourth-place finish, with five personal bests. MacLean is already qualified for Eastern Nationals.
Nick Rowsell had one first, two seconds, one third and one fourth-place finish, with three personal best times. Rowsell is still chasing the so-far elusive Eastern Nationals qualifying times.
Noah Rowsell had one fourth, two fifths, one sixth and one seventh-place finish, with three personal best times.
Andrew Harris had one third, Gander Lakers Swim Club members at the Winter Tune-Up competition in St. John’s Feb. 2-3. From back, left: Nick Rowsell, Iain Tweedie, Noah Rowsell, Daniel Conners, Sarah Dumaresque, Andrew Harris, Dylan Morawski, Ewan MacLean; front: Matt Lecoure, Ean Wheeler, Sarah Brown and Mya Jane Kelly.
one fourth, one fifth and two sixth-place finishes, with two personal best times.
Sarah Brown enjoyed much success at her first long course (50M pool) meet with one fifth and two sixth-place finishes, setting six new personal best times.
Daniel Connors had five new personal best times, one for every race he had entered.
Sarah Dumeresque had one sixth-place finish and two new personal best times. Matthew
LeCoure had one first and one second-place finish, with five personal bests.
Mya Jane Kelly set five new personal best times.
Iain Tweedie had two fifths and one sixth-place finish, with five personal bests.
Ean Wheeler experienced his first long-course meet and set all new personal best times.
The next test for the Gander Lakers will take place during the March 3 weekend at the NS Provincial Champs in Halifax and Western NL Invitational in Corner Brook. Laker members are currently preparing for their annual Swim for Hope in aid of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. This year’s 12hour swimming marathon takes place Feb. 23 in Gander.
On Jan. 27 the Gander Lakers were well represented by a spectacular group of young swimmers. These 17 young swimmers travelled to Mount Pearl Summit Center to compete against 147 of the best under 12 swimmers the province has to offer. They had some great performances, bringing home 57 new personal best times and celebrating 29 top eight finishes. Coaches Mike, John and Tim were proud of all the swimmers’ performances. From back, left: coach John, coach Mike, Abby Gilbert, Claire MacDonald, Jenelle Roberts, Finley MacLean, Dominic Kennedy, Emelyn Purcell, Molly Dwyer, Hannah Rice, coach Tim; middle: Noah Gates; front: Charlotte Bown, Jane Tessier, Claire Kenney, Lilly Gates, Sadie Angell, Natalie Ennis and Rachel Gilbert.