Poseidon continues to shine
Salmon Cove swimmer team’s only East Coast qualifier
The weather that hit eastern parts of Newfoundland over the Feb. 13-14 weekend didn’t prevent nine female Poseidon swimmers from competing in Gander.
The group gave an excellent showing, with every swimmer earning a top 10 finish in all their events.
Leading the way was Sarah Forward, the team’s only qualifier for the East Coast Championships taking place March 5-8 in Mount Pearl.
The 12-year-old took three second place finishes in the 200metre freestyle, 50 butterfly and 50 free. She also earned third place finishes in 100 free, 400 free and 400 Individual Medley (IM). Her times earned her the third place top achiever in the 11-12 female age category.
Drew Forward, 14, earned all personal best times at this meet, and had some great finishes. In the 400 free and 100 back, she earned second place finishes, while in 50 backstroke, 200 back and 100 free she took third.
She rounded out her events with the 200 free, and earned a time good enough for fourth place.
At nine years old, Mackenzie Sutton is one of the youngest competitors, but she came home with some excellent times.
She completed the 100 free in first place, and placed third in the 200 free, 100 breaststroke and 50 back. In the 200 IM, she took fourth and was fifth in 50 breast. But the biggest accomplishment for Mackenzie was earning a personal best. While some swimmers strive to beat their own time by fractions of a second, she took 16 seconds off her 200 free time in the preliminary round.
Another competitor was 13year-old Alex Neil, who earned first in 50 butterfly and 50 free, second in 100 fly, third in 200 IM and 100 free and a fourth place in 200 free.
Rounding out Poseidon’s competitors were 11-year-old Jorja Bennett, 9-year-old Sarah Burt, 11-year-old Alaina King, 10-yearold Rylee Moores and 15-year-old Danielle Taylor. All girls earned personal bests times.
Keeping up on Somers
Meanwhile, former Poseidon member and current University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds swimmer Allison Somers had a successful meet earlier this month in Nova Scotia.
The 18-year-old competed in 50 fly, 100 fly and 200 fly, as well as 100 free. Allison returned from the Dalhousie meet with a bronze medal in the 200 fly.
Anyone interested in joining Poseidon Swim Team can contact the Carbonear Swimming Pool at 596-7535. Potential members must have completed Level 6 in swimming lessons.
Poseidon Swim Club continued to show their strength at competition during a recent meet in Gander. Members of the team that attended are, front — Rylee Moores; middle (l-r) — Sarah Burt, Mackenzie Sutton, Alaina King and Jorja Bennett; back — Danielle Taylor, Sarah Forward, Alex Neil and Drew Forward.