Poseidon strong at Deer Lake meet

Somers just misses spot on pro­vin­cial travel team

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

De­spite not hav­ing a pool to call home since Jan­uary, the Poseidon Swim Club of Car­bon­ear was able to send seven mem­bers to the 2011 short course cham­pi­onships, held in Deer Lake March 11-13.

Com­pet­ing in 42 in­di­vid­ual events, Poseidon swim­mers earned 13 top-three fin­ishes, led by Al­li­son Somers and Dy­lan Hoben.

Somers col­lected four sec­ond­place fin­ishes and one third. She also had a per­sonal-best swim in one of her mar­quee events, tak­ing of f al­most eight-tenths of a sec­ond in the 100-me­tre but­ter­fly with a time of 1:12.41.

Hoben also had a strong meet, col­lect­ing one first-place fin­ish, two sec­onds, and two thirds. He achieved per­sonal-best times in four of his six events. Poseidon swim­mers com­bined to achieve 21 per­sonal-best times at the meet.

The meet also served as a qual­i­fier for the pro­vin­cial team, which will travel to Ed­mon­ton this May for an in­ter­na­tional swim meet. Somers came up just short in her ef­forts to make the team. She will in­stead serve as a third al­ter­nate should an­other swim­mer be un­able to at­tend the meet in Ed­mon­ton.

Ap­prox­i­mately 180 swim­mers from 11 clubs across the prov­ince took part in the short course cham­pi­onships.

The Car­bon­ear pool is cur­rently closed be­cause of up­grades to the ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem. Brian O’Grady says it will hope­fully be ready to re­open April 11. Since then, some mem­bers of the Poseidon Club have trained in Mount Pearl, and Satur­day prac­tices have been held at the MUN pool. The club was also sched­uled to host its an­nual Swim for Hope in aid of the Dr. H. Bliss Mur­phy Cancer Cen­tre on March 18 in Con­cep­tion Bay South.

Poseidon’s next meet will be the Spring Splash event April 9-11 at the Aquarena in St. John’s.

In­di­vid­ual Top-Six Fin­ishes

• Laura Groves (fe­male, age 13-14) 100-m in­di­vid­ual med­ley — sec­ond (1:19.42) 400-m in­di­vid­ual med­ley — third (6:09.23) 200-m breast­stroke — sixth (3:15.42) • Ben­jamin His­cock (male, age 15 and above) 200-m in­di­vid­ual med­ley — fourth (2:27.78) 50-m breast­stroke — fifth (34.81) • Sarah His­cock (fe­male, age 12 and un­der) 100-m but­ter­fly — fifth (1:37.91) 50-m back­stroke — sixth (40.14) • Dy­lan Hoben (male, age 12 and un­der) 100m in­di­vid­ual med­ley — first (1:25.14) 50-m back­stroke — sec­ond (42.85) 100-m breast­stroke — sec­ond (1:37.35) 50-m freestyle — third (34.56) 200-m in­di­vid­ual med­ley — third (3:12.00) • Bre­anne O’Toole (fe­male, age 13-14) 800-m freestyle — sec­ond (11:25.27) 100-m but­ter­fly — third (1:19.18) 50-m back­stroke — sixth (37.35) 50-m but­ter­fly — sixth (35.34) 200-m back­stroke — sixth (2:53.32) • Mark Ped­dle (male, age 13-14) 50-m back­stroke — fifth (41.30) 50-m but­ter­fly — fifth (35.27 100-m in­di­vid­ual med­ley — fifth (1:23.49) • Al­li­son Somers (fe­male, age 13-14) 100-m but­ter­fly — sec­ond (1:12.41) 200-m but­ter­fly — sec­ond (2:40.16) 400-m freestyle — sec­ond (5:04.21) 1,500-m freestyle — sec­ond (20:12.96) 50-m but­ter­fly — third (32.95) 200-m freestyle - fourth (2:27.03)

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