Downey, Somers find success in pool
Combine for eight medals in swimming competition at NL Summer Games
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).
Sarah Hiscock (left) and Allison Somers display the medals they won on the first day of swimming competition at the 2012 NL Summer Games.