For­ward teams up with Al­li­son Somers

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“It’s very ex­cit­ing and I’m very proud of her,” Megan said. “It takes a lot of hard work… And she does her best ev­ery time.”

But a sur­prise ad­di­tion to Po­sei­don is help­ing Sarah calm those nerves a bit.

For­mer team­mate Al­li­son Somers moved to New Brunswick for post sec­ondary, but still swims com­pet­i­tively with her uni­ver­sity’s var­sity team. Al­li­son will be re­turn­ing to New­found­land to com­pete as a var­sity swim­mer un­der her home­town ban­ner.

“I’m pretty ex­cited,” Sarah said. “She’s re­ally good.”

Sarah hopes to fol­low in Al­li­son’s foot­steps and make the New­found­land and Labrador Canada Games team in 2017. Al- li­son com­peted at the 2013 Canada Games in Que­bec.

But for the East Coasts, Sarah just wants to have fun and earn some per­sonal-best times in her events.

“I kind of get ner­vous about the com­pe­ti­tion,” she ex­plained. “Peo­ple keep say­ing I’m go­ing to get (cer­tain) times, and I don’t think I am.”

But in or­der to get over the nerves, she’s hop­ing to just lis­ten to some mu­sic and stretch away the stresses.

“I’ll give my­self a pep talk,” Sarah gig­gled. “But I’m still ner­vous.”

She ex­pects to find out in the com­ing months whether she will earn a spot on the pro­vin­cial team this year.

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