Big meet for Forward
Poseidon swimmer earns third top achiever in Mount Pearl
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.
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.