PHAST sea­son in full swing

The Casket - - Sports -

The Port Hawkes­bury Antigo­nish Swim Team (PHAST) is back in the pool.

Thir­teen swim­mers from the club com­peted in the Age Group De­vel­op­ment #1, Oct. 13 and 14, at Dalplex in Hal­i­fax, which marked the first meet of the sea­son.

The Dal­housie Uni­ver­sity in­vi­ta­tional is a pre-sea­son snap­shot of what train­ing has yielded for PHAST mem­bers.

“Our goal was not on what speed we held dur­ing the race, but on the tech­nique that drove it,” Coach Rob Allen said in a club press re­lease.

”In a 10 to 11-month sea­son, we have many meets each with its own set of ob­jec­tives and goals.

“Many of our swims were within five per cent of per­sonal bests, even though the swim­mers have only been in the wa­ter for five weeks,” he added.

PHAST will conit­nue its sea­son in Novem­ber, look­ing for sig­nif­i­cant gains in the push to­wards pro­vin­cial qual­i­fi­ca­tion and na­tional stan­dards.

At the open­ing meet, the club gar­nered sev­eral top-eight fin­ishes.

Han­nah Austen took first in the 400m I.M. and eighth, in both the 200m and 100m breast­stroke.

Mariah Austen dropped time in most of her events and helped lead the women’s re­lay team to a sixth-place fin­ish.

Ri­ley Avery swam to first in the 400m I.M. and sec­ond in the 800m freestyle.

Cole Beaver shaved valu­able sec­onds and helped the men’s re­lay team take sixth place in the 200m freestyle.

Mal­com Cameron stroked to third in the 50m but­ter­fly, sec­ond in both the 100m and 50m freestyle, along with first - set­ting two team records, in the 200m and 100m breast­stroke.

Josh Elsworth pow­ered to eighth in both the 50m freestyle and but­ter­fly, sixth in the 400m freestyle and 50m but­ter­fly, along with third in the 100m freestyle.

Colleen Ma­cleod stroked to fifth in the 50m but­ter­fly, sec­ond in the 100m freestyle and first in the 50m freestyle, back and breast­stroke.

Matthew Pen­ner swam to sec­ond in the 50m and 100m breast­stroke, 200m back­stroke, and 1,500m freestyle (set­ting a new team record) and first in the 200m but­ter­fly.

Lily Pof­fen­roth took eighth in the 800m back­stroke.

Anna Robin­son pow­ered to fifth in the 400m freestyle, fourth in the 200m back­stroke and first with a new team record - in the 800m freestyle.

Baileigh Bekkers, Emma Crispo and Lily Maclean shaved sec­onds from their seed times, set­ting im­pres­sive new per­sonal best times.

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