Another year, another trophy for Sea Lions
Bay Roberts swim club captures top team award at summer swim meet
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.