Poseidon makes splash at provincials
The Poseidon Swim Club of Carbonear took to the pool in Deer Lake during the Provincial Short Course Swimming Championships March 14-17.
Although they were a small group of only five competitors, they had a very successful meet with many personal bests, and several individual medals.
Eleven swim clubs and approximately 220 swimmers from Newfoundland and Labrador met at the Hodder Memorial Complex for this annual event. They competed in three age groups — 12-and-under, ages 13-14, and 15-and-over — in nearly 300 individual races and 21 group relay events.
The Carbonear team had two qualifiers compete in the 15-andover category, and three in the 12and-under category.
Though small in numbers, Poseidon swimmers turned in some impressive results. All five broke the Top-10 in at least one of their respective events, and they all achieved personal best times.
In the 15-and-over female category, A l l ison Somers and Haley O’Driscoll performed exceptionally well, both making it to the finals in all six of their events.
Somers returned home with three medals, including two silver and a bronze. She turned in second place performances in the 50 metre butterfly (30.93 seconds) and 200 metre butterfly (2:44:30), while placing third in the 100 butterfly (1:08:09). She also placed seventh in the 100 backstroke (1:16:58), eighth in the 100 freestyle (1:03.44), and 10th in the 50 freestyle (29.77).
O’Driscoll also had an excellent meet, finishing fourth in the 400 individual medley (6:03.82), sixth in the 200 IM (2:53.87), and seventh in the 50 butterfly (33:90). She also placed ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:33.80), 10th in the 50 breaststroke (42.86), and 11th in the 50 backstroke (37.29).
Poseidon also had three competitors in the 12-and-under category — Sarah Forward, Courtney Budden and Drew Forward.
Sarah Forward competed in five events, and obtained personal bests in all of them. She placed ninth in the 50 butterfly (44.67). She also competed in the 400 freestyle (6:12.03), 50 freestyle ( 37.18), 50 backstroke (45.61) and the 200 freestyle (2:56.71).
Courtney Budden also successfully captured five personal best times in six events.
In the 400 freestyle (5:48.06), she placed eighth, and finished 10th in the 50 freestyle (34.31). She also completed the 200 freestyle (2:43.42), the 100 freestyle (1:21.27), the 50 back- stroke (42.12) and the 200 IM.
Drew Forward competed in six events, achieving personal bests in each. Forward placed tenth in the 400 freestyle (5:50,14), and also competed in the 100 backstroke (1:36.36), 100 freestyle (1:19.28) and the 50 backstroke (44.61), as well as the 50 freestyle (34.31) and the 200 freestyle (2:53.10).
Poseidon swimmers will next compete in Gander April 12-14 at a 14-and-under competition, while club members ages 15-and-over will travel to CBS for an event April 19-21.
Editor’s note: it was announced late last week that Allison Somers had been selected to compete for this province at the Canada Summer Games in Quebec this summer. Her father, Junior Somers, was also named an assistant coach for Team NL.For more coverage on these selec- tions, see the April 2, 2013 print edition of The Compass
Members of the Poseidon swim team who competed at the short-course provincial championship in Deer Lake March 14-17 were, from left, Drew Forward, Courtney Budden, Haley O’Driscoll, Allison Somers and Sarah Forward.