Sea Lions continue to soar

Bay Roberts swim club wins top team award; sets records at sum­mer event


The Bay Roberts Sea Lions con­tin­ues to set the stan­dard in the prov­ince when it comes to sum­mer swim club suc­cess.

The 159-mem­ber club cap­tured yet an­other top team award this year at the sum­mer club cham­pi­onships held in Gan­der from Aug. 24-26. A to­tal of 10 teams were in the hunt for the over­all award.

It’s an award the club has prac­ti­cally owned through the years, with 18 pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships to its credit since it was es­tab­lished in 1985.

Mem­bers also set six pro­vin­cial records at the event, in­clud­ing set­ting a new stan­dard — two min­utes, 6.18 sec­onds — in the boys’ 200 me­tre freestyle re­lay (ages 1314). The pre­vi­ous record had been on Swim­ming New­found­land and Labrador’s books for 13 years.

Mem­bers of the re­lay team in­cluded Ryan Daw­son (Bay Roberts), Char­lie Spicer (Clarke’s Beach), An­drew Churchill (Roaches Line) and Kyle Downey (Bri­gus).

Other records in­cluded the fol­low­ing:

• Ri­ley Mercer of Bay Roberts shat­tered a long-stand­ing record in the boys’ un­der-nine 25 me­tre breast­stroke, stop­ping the clock at 24.60 sec­onds. The pre­vi­ous record was set in 1997.

• Cameron Simms of

Co­ley’s Point set two records at the event. He posted a time of 38.01 in the boys’ 50 me­tre but­ter­fly (ages 11-12) and 36.95 in the 50 me­tre back­stroke (ages 11-12). Both records had been on the books for at least three years.

• Alyson Thomas of Bare­need was prac­ti­cally un­touch­able in the girls’ 50 me­tre breast­stroke (ages 910). Thomas broke the record three times dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, and stormed to vic­tory in the fi­nal with a time of 47.78 sec­onds.

• Mor­gan Kear­ley of Co­ley’s Point won gold in the girls’ 50 me­tre but­ter­fly (ages 13-14) with a record-set­ting time of 35.72 sec­onds.

Sea Lion com­peti­tors also turned in 76 per­sonal best times at the com­pe­ti­tion, likely the most in club his­tory at a sin­gle event, said one ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber. In all, just over 100 mem­bers made the trip to Gan­der.

The club cel­e­brated its suc­cess at a sea­son-end­ing banquet on Tues­day, Aug. 28.

Club mem­ber Devon Percey of Avon­dale ex­plained why the Sea Lions have been so suc­cess­ful.

“We’re not the big­gest, but we have the most depth, the most ded­i­ca­tion and the most de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

“We also have an out­stand­ing ex­ec­u­tive,” he added.


Pho­tos by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

The Bay Roberts Sea Loins rec­og­nized its top achiev­ers dur­ing a sea­son-end­ing banquet on Aug. 28. The in­clude: Front (l-r) — Kyle Downey, Cameron Simms, Daw­son Mercer and Ri­ley Mercer; back — Mor­gan Kear­ley, Ash­ley Yet­man, Sydney Reid and Sa­man­tha Yet­man.

Ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers Rox­anne Yet­man (left) and Elaine Ham­lyn dis­play the “top club” tro­phy that was won by the Bay Roberts Sea Lions at the sum­mer club cham­pi­onships in Gan­der late last month. Ham­lyn is the out­go­ing club pres­i­dent, while Yet­man is as­sum­ing the top ex­ec­u­tive post.

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