Po­sei­don four­some com­pete in Gan­der

Swim team par­takes in short course cham­pi­onship

The Compass - - SPORTS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

The Po­sei­don Swim Club con­tin­ues to be a driv­ing force in com­pet­i­tive swim­ming this year, bring­ing home medals from var­i­ous meets in dif­fer­ent events and age groups.

A small group of four sea­soned swimmers — Al­li­son Somers, Mark Ped­dle, Sarah For­ward and Drew For­ward — show­cased their skills in Gan­der at the Joseph R. Small­wood Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

Swim­ming New­found­land and Labrador’s an­nual Short Course Cham­pi­onships hosted seven teams, in­clud­ing the home­town Gan­der Lak­ers, St. John’s Le­gends, Mount Pearl Mar­lins, Cor­ner Brook Rapids, Con­cep­tion Bay South Bluefins, Deer Lake Dol­phins and Po­sei­don Swim Club.

As in pre­vi­ous meets, Car­bon­ear swimmers con­tin­ued to press the com­pe­ti­tion, earn­ing great times in each event.

Lead­ing the way was 17-year-old Al­li­son Somers, who was a mem­ber of the New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games team last year.

Al­li­son earned first place in her three best events, 50, 100 and 200-me­tre but- ter­fly with times of 30.91, 1:07.31 and 2:29.50, re­spec­tively. She was sec­ond in her re­main­ing events, 400 freestyle (4:52.61), 100 free (1:03.90) and 800 free (10:11.93).

Mark Ped­dle, 17, was the only com­pet­i­tive male swim­mer to at­tend the event from Po­sei­don. He earned third place in 50 fly (31.44) and 400 free (4:58.51), fourth in 100 fly (1:08.50) and 200 free (2:16.09), fifth in 100 free (1:01.67) and sev­enth in 50 free (28.58).

Sarah For­ward is only 11, but has been a huge com­peti­tor in the un­der-12 age cat­e­gory this sea­son. She earned sec­ond in 50 breast­stroke (49.71), fifth in 100 breast (1:46.18) and sev­enth in 200 breast (3:36.37). She also took part in 50 free (35.08), 200 free (2:45.08), 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (3:13.05).

Drew For­ward also com­peted at the meet, earn­ing per­sonal best times in the 200 IM with 3:15.98, 100 IM (1:32.51), 200 free (2:45.40) and 50 back­stroke (42.16). She also com­peted in 100 IM (1:32.51) and 200 back (3:12.08).

The next pro­vin­cial in­vi­ta­tional swim meet will be hosted at Po­sei­don’s home pool, the Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool, Feb. 21 to 23.

Mem­bers of Po­sei­don Swim Club of Car­bon­ear hit the pool for another com­pe­ti­tion Jan. 31 to Feb 2. Those mem­bers were, from left, Al­li­son Somers, Mark Ped­dle, Drew For­ward and Sarah For­ward.

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