Big meet for For­ward

Po­sei­don swimmer earns third top achiever in Mount Pearl

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

The last swim meet of 2014 will be a mem­o­rable one for Sarah For­ward of Car­bon­ear’s Po­sei­don Swim Club.

The 12-year-old from Sal­mon Cove earned her­self a third place top achiever medal in the 11-12 fe­male cat­e­gory at the most re­cent swim meet, the Body Quest in­vi­ta­tional Nov. 28 to 30 at the new aquat­ics cen­tre in Mount Pearl.

Sarah man­aged to earn three East Coast Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing times. This means she can com­pete at next year’s cham­pi­onship event in Nova Sco­tia.

She took first in 400 me­tre in­di­vid­ual med­ley (IM) with a time of 6:14.43, sec­ond in 200 IM with 2:53.91 and sec­ond in 200 freestyle with 2:30.85, all qual­i­fy­ing times. She also earned sec­ond in 100 breast­stroke (1:35.30), third in 100 but­ter­fly (1:29.60) and fourth in 50 fly (37.63).

Alex Neil placed top 10 in all her events as well. The 12-year-old earned a first-place fin­ish in 50 fly (34.24) and 100 fly (1:24.66), third in 50 free (32.95), fifth in 100 breast (1:37.65) and 200 IM (3:00.16), and a tenth-place fin­ish in 200 free (2:45.46).

Drew For­ward, Sarah’s older sis­ter, com­peted in the 13-14 fe­male cat­e­gory. The 14-year-old earned per­sonal best time in almost all of her events, in­clud­ing 200 back­stroke (2:59.13), 100 back (1:25.12) and 200 free (2:43.60).

Other Po­sei­don com­peti­tors in­clude Jorja Ben­nett, Court­ney Budden, Sarah Burt, Kaylee Davis, Alaina King, Rylee Moores, Megan Smith, Macken­zie Sut­ton — who earned a sec­ond place fin­ish in 400 free — and Danielle Tay­lor.

Over­all, the team of 12 fe­male swim­mers earned a sev­enth over­all fin­ish out of 10 teams, beat­ing out Melville Man­tas of Happy Val­leyGoose Bay, North­ern Lights Swim Club of Wabush and Memo­rial Univer­sity Sea­hawks.

The team’s next provin­cial com­pe­ti­tion will be held in Gan­der Feb. 13-15.

Photo by Cathy Somers/Spe­cial to The Com­pass

Sarah For­ward swims the breast­stroke in the 400 me­tre in­di­vid­ual med­ley dur­ing the Mount Pearl provin­cial swim meet, where she earned a first-place fin­ish.

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