Po­sei­don makes splash at provin­cials

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­PASS

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

Submitted photo

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.

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