Swimming in success
Poseidon swim team makes great showing at three competitions
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.