Gan­der Lak­ers have strong per­for­mances at provin­cial meets

The Beacon (Gander) - - News -

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.

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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.

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