Team of two swims strong

Po­sei­don sends Somers, Bud­den to East Coast Champs

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

Po­sei­don Swim Club of Car­bon­ear was one of 29 swim teams to com­pete at the East Coast Long Course Cham­pi­onship swim meet at the Aquarena in St. John’s July 4-7. The event, called Rock the Blocks, fea­tured 320 swim­mers from On­tario, Que­bec, New Brunswick, Prince Ed­ward Is­land, Nova Sco­tia and New­found­land.

Po­sei­don’s own Al­li­son Somers and Court­ney Bud­den were the club’s only qual­i­fiers to com­pete at the meet and still pulled off a 26th place fin­ish over­all, beat­ing out teams from Sackville, Ge­orge­town and Yar­mouth.

Somers con­tin­ues to show she is in her el­e­ment in the pool with four of her six per­for­mances land­ing her in the fi­nals. In the 15-an­dover cat­e­gory, Somers kept up with the best swim­mers at the meet, show­cas­ing a fourth place fin­ish in the 200-me­tre but­ter­fly (2:40.38) fi­nal. She also com­peted in the fi­nals for 50 fly (31.61), 400 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (5:54.57) and 100 fly (1:09.83), fin­ish­ing 7th, 12th and 13th, re­spec­tively. She also com­pet- ed in 100 (5:02.89).

Bud­den qual­i­fied for the first time in the un­der-12 cat­e­gory and swam in six events — 50 me­tre fly (40.56), 100 free (1:17.79), 200 free (2:46.73), 200 back­stroke (3:05.76), 200 IM (3:15.34) and 400 free (5:49.19). Al­though she did not make the fi­nals in any of her events, Bud­den did earn sev­eral per­sonal best times.

In March, 16-year-old Somers was named to the New­found­land team that will com­pete at the Canada Sum­mer Games in Que­bec this Au­gust, where she will face off against the best swim­mers in the coun­try.

She has pre­vi­ously told The Com­pass she will be us­ing swim meets as prac­tice for the games and, with re­sults like th­ese, she will have no prob­lem keep­ing up with the pack in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Somer’s high­lights from the meet in­clude be­ing in the top rank­ing of New­found­land swim­mers in some of her events, in­clud­ing first in 100 and 200 fly, sec­ond in 50 fly and 12th in 400 IM.

This was the last com­pe­ti­tion for Po­sei­don un­til next sea­son.

freestyle

(1:06.92) and 400 free

Photo by King’s Pho­tog­ra­phy

New­found­land’s Sum­mer Games team mem­ber Al­li­son Somers, 16, of Car­bon­ear made an ex­cel­lent show­ing at the East Coast Long Course Cham­pi­onships at the Aquarena July 4-7.

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