An­other year, an­other tro­phy for Sea Lions

Bay Roberts swim club cap­tures top team award at sum­mer swim meet

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

It was just an­other day at the of­fice for the Bay Roberts Sea Lions swim team.

The 140-mem­ber club took home an­other top team award from the sum­mer club cham­pi­onships held in Gan­der from Aug. 23-25. A to­tal of nine teams were in the hunt for the over­all award.

The top team award is some­thing fa­mil­iar to Sea Lions’ swim­mers. The club has owned the award since its in­cep­tion in 1985, hav­ing cap­tured the tro­phy 19 times since then.

While there were no provin­cial records set at this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, swim­mers with the Bay Roberts club still had some im­pres­sive show­ings.

Among th­ese, the club had three “clean sweeps” of var­i­ous events.

This means the Sea Lions owned the podium in those three events, cap­tur­ing the top three spots.

In the fe­male back­stroke (ages 1314), Katie Daw­son (Bay Roberts), Ash­ley Yet­man (Bay Roberts) and Kait­lyn Dawe (Bare­need) all stood atop the podium, fin­ish­ing first, sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

Other clean sweeps in­cluded:

• Cameron Simms (Co­ley’s Point), Kyle Tet­ford (Ot­ter­bury) and Ma­son Kear­ley (Bay Roberts) fin­ished first, sec­ond and third in the male back­stroke (ages 13-14);

• Bradley Dawe (Bare­need), Adam Daw­son (Bay Roberts) and Ja­cob Reid (Bay Roberts) were the top three fin­ish­ers in the male back­stroke (ages 8 and un­der).

To com­mem­o­rate the three-event sweeps, swim­mers were given a blue dust pan with their names on it.

In all, Sea Lions com­peti­tors set 56 per­sonal bests, and saw some 100 swim­mers par­tic­i­pate in the event late last month.

The club held its year-end ban­quet at the Lion’s Club in Bay Roberts on Aug. 27.

At the event, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Rox­anne Yet­man rec­og­nized the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of swim­mers whose par­ents had come through the Sea Lions pro­gram when they were grow­ing up.

“It’s nice to see ev­ery­one com­ing back through,” she said.

Yet­man, her­self, was a mem­ber of the orig­i­nal 10 swim­mers who started the swim club and is now see­ing her chil­dren rise through the ranks.

19 cham­pi­onships does not come with­out hard work and ded­i­ca­tion. Yet­man agrees. She said it is the ded­i­ca­tion of the swim­mers, their par­ents and the ex­ec­u­tive that drives the club to vic­tory.

“That’s what makes win­ning pos­si­ble,” said Yet­man.

Grad­u­at­ing swim­mer Bran­don Pet­ten (left) holds the top team tro­phy with the Sea Lions’ youngest swim­mer, six-year-old Chase Mor­gan. The Sea Lions cap­tured the tro­phy for the 19th time this year.

Ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Rox­anne Yet­man shows off the orig­i­nal sweaters worn by the swim team that first trav­elled to the provin­cial com­pe­ti­tion in 1985.

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