Po­sei­don con­tin­ues to shine

Salmon Cove swim­mer team’s only East Coast qual­i­fier

The Compass - - SPORT - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

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.

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