Downey, Somers find suc­cess in pool

Com­bine for eight medals in swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion at NL Sum­mer Games

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYNICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Two swimmers from Con­cep­tion Bay North came away with plenty of hard­ware from the 2012 NL Sum­mer Games, which were co-hosted last week by Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace.

Both Kyle Downey of Bri­gus and Al­li­son Somers of Car­bon­ear earned four medals at the Games.

Downey swam away with two gold, a sil­ver and a bronze as a mem­ber of Team Avalon, while Somers earned two sil­ver and two bronze, mak­ing them among the win­ni­est ath­letes at the Games.

Over a two-day pe­riod, swimmers from the host re­gion cap­tured 10 medals in the pool, ac­count­ing for a large per­cent­age of the team’s medal count.

Downey cap­tured a sil­ver medal in the boys’ 100m back­stroke (ages 11-14), and would also pick up a gold medal as a part of Avalon’s boys’ 200m med­ley re­lay team.

He cap­tured a bronze medal in the 50m breast­stroke with a time of :40.60, and also grabbed a gold medal as a part of the Avalon boys’ 200m freestyle re­lay team.

Somers was run­ner-up in the girls’ 50m but­ter­fly (ages 15-18) on Aug. 20 with a time of 32.19 sec­onds, just be­hind Kris­ten De­nine of Mount Pearl/South, who fin­ished with a time of :32.00.

An­other bronze medal came her way in the girls’ 100m in­di­vid­ual med­ley

Somers col­lected her first medal — a sil­ver — on Day 1 of com­pe­ti­tions when she fin­ished sec­ond in the girls’ 100m freestyle, and later earned a bronze 100m but­ter­fly.

“There was good rac­ing, and I felt good in the wa­ter,” Somers noted.

She said it was spe­cial to pick up four medals in her home pool.

“It’s where I’ve been swim­ming my whole life, it’s where I train and it feels nat­u­ral to be in there,” she said.

Mean­while, 13-year-old Sarah Hisock reached the top of the podium in the girls’ 50 me­tre back­stroke event (ages 11-14) Aug. 19.

His­cock turned in a per­sonal best per­for­mance, nar­rowly best­ing her pre­lim­i­nary time and stop­ping the clock at 36.51 sec­onds.

Her clos­est com­pe­ti­tion was from Sophia But­ler of St. John’s/North, who fin­ished with a time of :36.92.

Lead­ing up to the fi­nal race, His­cock said she was ner­vous as she stepped onto the start­ing block be­cause she had only re­cently started swim­ming the back­stroke.

His­cock said it was “great” to be able to per­form so well in her home pool.

“It was fun,” she said. “I felt proud to be up there on the podium with ev­ery­one cheer­ing.”

His­cock later picked up a sil­ver medal in the girls’ 50m freestyle (ages 11-14), giv­ing her two medals.

Area rac­ers tri­umph

Af­ter nar­rowly miss­ing out on medals in two races on Aug. 19, Dy­lan Hoben of Car­bon­ear fi­nally reached the podium on the sec­ond day of pool com­pe­ti­tion.

Hoben picked up a bronze in the boys’ 100m in­di­vid­ual med­ley (ages 11-14) with a time of 1:15.48.

Other swimmers from the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion had suc­cess­ful swims in the fi­nals on Aug. 20.

Mor­gan Kear­ley of Bay Roberts grabbed a sil­ver medal in the girls’ 50m but­ter­fly (ages 11-14), fin­ish­ing with a time of :34.77.

Kear­ley’s team­mate, Ha­ley O’Driscoll, also of Bay Roberts, fin­ished fourth with a time of :35.10.

O’Driscoll also fin­ished fourth in the 100m breast­stroke.

Both swimmers were mem­bers of Team Avalon’s girls’ 200m re­lay team that cap­tured bronze.

Hoben just missed the podium in the boys’ 100m freestyle (ages 11-14) with a time of 1:07.41, good for a fourth place fin­ish in fi­nal races Aug. 19.

He also fin­ished fourth in the 50m breast­stroke with a time of :40.60.

Bay Roberts swim­mer Mor­gan Kear­ley was a mem­ber of the bronze medal Avalon girls’ 200m freestyle re­lay team (ages 11-14).

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Sarah His­cock (left) and Al­li­son Somers dis­play the medals they won on the first day of swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion at the 2012 NL Sum­mer Games.

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