Po­sei­don mem­bers medal at meet

Team show­ing im­prov­ing re­sults three months into sea­son

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Only three months into the swim­ming sea­son, Po­sei­don Swim Club of Car­bon­ear con­tin­ues to demon­strate im­prove­ment in in­di­vid­ual events and as a team.

High­lighted by three medals for over­all per­for­mance — gold, sil­ver and bronze — ev­ery mem­ber of the Car­bon­ear-based team per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well at the Gan­der Lak­ers Pro­vin­cial Heats and Fi­nals event Nov. 29 to Dec 1.

Each mem­ber swam hard to con­tinue up the rank­ings from pre­vi­ous meets.

Se­nior swimmers

Lo­cal swim star 17-year-old Al­li­son Somers, who was a mem­ber of the New­found­land and Labrador Canada Sum­mer Games team this past Au­gust, made a clean sweep in her six events, tak­ing home the gold medal in the over-15 fe­male di­vi­sion.

Somers re­ceived a per­sonal best time in the 50 me­tre but­ter­fly (31.37), 100 freestyle (1:04.22), 100 fly (1:07.64), 50 free (30.39) and the 200 fly (2:29.61) events. She also swam 4:52.93 in the 400 free event.

Right on the heels of Somers was 16-year-old Ha­ley O’Driscoll. She re­ceived a sil­ver medal in the over15 fe­male di­vi­sion.

O’Driscoll earned first in half of her six events: the 200 In­di­vid­ual Med­ley (2:55.74), 200 breast­stroke (3:23.52) and 200 back­stroke (3:01.60). She swam against Somers in one event, the 50 fly — the stroke Somers earned a spot on the Canada Games team for — tak­ing sec­ond with a time of 34.79. O’Driscoll also took sec­ond in the 50 breast (43.11) and 100 back (1:24.15). Swim­ming in the leadoff po­si­tion for the 50 free re­lay team, she also earned a time of 34.62.

Po­sei­don’s only male par­tic­i­pant, Mark Ped­dle, also earned three first place fin­ishes and three third place fin­ishes. He re­turned to his home pool with a bronze medal in the over-15 male di­vi­sion.

Seven­teen-year-old Ped­dle swam a tough 50 fly race (31.14), edg­ing out the next com­peti­tor by 0.14 sec­onds to take first. He also took first in 100 fly (1:07.07) and 200 back (2:39.78). In his other events, Ped­dle took third in 100 free (1:01.14), 50 free (28.68) and 50 breast (42.61).

Ju­nior swimmers

Swim­ming through a shoul­der in­jury, 11-year-old Sarah For­ward swam three events — all breast­stroke. For­ward earned third in the 50 m (48.77) and fifth in both the 100 (1:47.31) and 200 (3:44.59).

Twelve-year-old Court­ney Bud­den earned sec­ond place fin­ishes in both 50 breast (44.31) and 200 back (3:06.33). She also re­ceived fourth in 100 fly (1:29.26) and 200 free (2:43.20), and eighth in 50 back (44.31). Bud­den also com­peted in the 200 IM event.

Brooke Hig­don, 11, also com­peted at the meet. Her events in­cluded 50 free (40.71), 50 fly (51.52), 100 free (1:31.77), 100 breast (1:46.16), 200 free (3:19.78) and 200 breast (3:49.35).

Also at 11 years old, Alex Neil swam five events. She com­peted in the 50 fly (40.68), 200 IM (3:16.61), 200 breast (3:47.49), 50 free (36.43), 200 free and 100 breast (3:03.14). She also earned the fifth high­est time as the leadoff po­si­tion in the 50 IM re­lay with 44:04 swim­ming back­stroke.

Fi­nally, 13-year-old Drew For­ward earned three per­sonal best times in 50 breast (55.53), 200 free (2:56.75) and 200 IM (3:27.17). She also com­peted in 100 free (1:21.64), 200 breast (4:04.29) and 400 free (6:02.59).

Over­all

The team placed sixth out of nine teams with an over­all score of 152.00 (based on the Swim­ming Canada points sys­tem) in front of the Melville Man­tas of Happy Val- ley-Goose Bay, Aqua Aces of Stephenville and the Port Aux Basques Pi­ra­nhas.

Po­sei­don can be seen next com­pet­ing at the Short Course Cham­pi­onships in Gan­der Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

The team will host a pro­vin­cial in­vi­ta­tion event at the Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool Feb. 21 to 23.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Po­sei­don Swim Club mem­bers have been com­pet­ing well this sea­son, bring­ing home three medals from a re­cent meet in Gan­der. Those at the meet were, front — (l-r) Brooke Hig­don and Sarah For­ward; back — Ha­ley O’Driscoll, Mark Ped­dle, Al­li­son Somers, Drew For­ward and Court­ney Bud­den; miss­ing from photo is Alex Neil.

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