Swim­ming in suc­cess

Po­sei­don swim team makes great show­ing at three com­pe­ti­tions

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

Car­bon­ear’s Po­sei­don Swim Club con­tin­ues to have im­pres­sive show­ings dur­ing its com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son.

The Gan­der Lak­ers swim team hosted eight teams from across the prov­ince at the Joseph R. Small­wood Arts and Cul­ture Cen­ter pool April 1214 for a Provin­cial De­vel­op­ment Meet for swim­mers aged 14 and un­der who have not qual­i­fied for the East Coast Cham­pi­onships.

With a team of only six swim­mers at the event, Po­sei­don demon­strated ter­rific re­sults in in­di­vid­ual events and re­turned home with the sil­ver medal for top achiever in 10-and-un­der age group.

For­ward wins sil­ver

Sarah For­ward was the win­ner of this award in the fe­male cat­e­gory af­ter a phe­nom­e­nal show­ing at the meet, plac­ing first in three events — 200 me­tre in­di­vid­ual med­ley (3:22.16), 200 freestyle (2:54.32) and 400 freestyle (6:06.94). She also re­ceived sec­ond in her other three in­di­vid­ual events — 50 but­ter­fly (44.56), 50 free (36.36) and 200 breast­stroke (3:52.81).

The team also had three swim­mers take part in the ages 11-12 cat­e­gory.

Court­ney Bud­den also had an ex­cel­lent show­ing with two sec­ond place fin­ishes in 200 IM (3:12:03) and 100 fly (1:34.94). She also re­ceived fifth in 50 back­stroke (42.46) and sev­enth in 50 breast (50.44).

Kait­lynn Hedd swam six events, rank­ing Top 10 in five. She placed sixth in both 100 breast (2:04.98) and 50 free (38.77), eighth in 100 free (1:33.54) and 200 free (3:16.06) and 10th in 50 back (51.88).

The fi­nal swim­mer in the cat­e­gory was Adri­anna Tay­lor. She broke the Top 10 in all six of her events. Adri­anna was third in 200 back (3:42.03), fourth in 400 free (7:15.81) and fifth in 200 breast (3:57.26). Her other events earned her eighth in 200IM (3:52.34), and ninth in both 50 fly (57.02) and 200 free (3:20.56).

Drew For­ward and Adri­anna Lee, both 13, also made a splash at the event.

Drew placed sec­ond in 400 free (6:03.11), third in 100 free (1:21.35), 200 free (2:50.17) and 200 IM (3:35.91).

Adri­anna re­ceived sec­ond in 200 breast, third in 100 breast and fourth in both 100 free and 50 fly. She also placed fifth in 400 free (6:44.08) and sev­enth in 200 free (3:13.12)

The fol­low­ing week­end, two Po­sei­don elite swim­mers were hosted by the CBS Bluefins swim club at the CBS Recre­ation Com­plex for the Provin­cial Per­for­mance In­vi­ta­tional.

Al­li­son Somers and Mark Ped­dle, both 16, were the only par­tic­i­pants in the meet for Po­sei­don, but man­aged to per­form ex­tremely well in in­di­vid­ual events.

Al­li­son com­peted in four events plac­ing first in 200 fly (2:37.68), sec­ond in 50 fly (31.92), third in 200 free (2:19.49) and sev­enth in 50 free (30.60).

Mark also per­formed well in his five events, earn­ing Top-10 fin­ishes. The 200 free was his top event, which earned him a first place fin­ish (2:14.93). He also placed fifth in 100 back (1:13.30), sev­enth in 200 IM (2:41.10), eighth in 50 back (34.83) and ninth in 50 free (27.86).

Spring Splash event

Mean­while, Po­sei­don also had five swim­mers com­pete at the Spring Splash swim meet May 3-5. They placed sev­enth over­all out of 10 teams.

The event was hosted by the St. John’s Leg­ends swim team at their home pool, The Aquarena.

This event was a long course meet, which con­sisted of a 50 m swim area in­stead of 25.

Adri­anna Tay­lor, Danielle Tay­lor, Al­li­son Somers and Mark Ped­dle com­peted for their team in seven events each, while Alex Neil com­peted in six.

Al­li­son had a fan­tas­tic meet, break­ing the Top-Five in ev­ery event she com­peted in, in­clud­ing three first place fin­ishes — 50, 100 and 200 fly. She also re­ceived sec­ond in 50 back and 400 free, and fifth in 50 free and 50 breast. She took home the bronze medal in the top achiever cat­e­gory for the 16-and-over fe­male com­peti­tors.

Mark com­peted in 200 free where he earned sec­ond. He made Top-10 in three other events — 100 back ( fifth), 100 free (sev­enth) and 50 free. Other events he com­peted in were 50 back, 50 breast and 50 fly.

Adri­anna re­ceived Top-10 per­for­mances in two of her swims, in­clud­ing a sec­ond place in 200 breast and a fourth place in 200 back. She also took part in 50 fly, 50 breast, 200 free and 50 free.

Alex also had a great meet with four per­for­mances in the Top-10 — 50 fly ( fourth) 100 free ( fifth), 200 IM (sixth) and 50 breast (tenth). Her other events in­cluded 50 free and 50 back.

Danielle made two show­ings in the Top-10, in both 400 free (third) and 200 free (ninth). Other events she took part in were 50 free, 50 back, 50 fly and 200 IM.

The text event Po­sei­don will take part in is the Long Course Cham­pi­onships in St. John’s May 31-June 2.

Melissa.Jenk­ins@tc.tc

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