Po­sei­don swim­mers cap off sea­son at long course cham­pi­onships

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Po­sei­don fin­ished its sea­son strong, with just about ev­ery­one fin­ish­ing with some per­son­albest times and a few swim­mers medalling at the Swim New­found­land and Labrador Long Course Cham­pi­onships.

The Car­bon­ear-based club sent nine young com­peti­tors to the meet in St. John’s June 3-5. Lead­ing the way for Po­sei­don was Al­li­son Somers.

The swim­mer from Car­bon­ear claimed five bronze medals in the 15-and-over age cat­e­gory and was the fe­male top achiever at var­sity level.

Among those re­sults, she tied for third in the fi­nal of the 100me­tre freestyle event with St. John’s Le­gends swim­mer Emily Ford. Both fin­ished with a time of 1:04.51.

In the fe­male 13-14 age cat­e­gory, Alex Neil of Bay Roberts earned a sil­ver medal in 50-m but­ter­fly, tak­ing one-and-a-half se­conds off her pre­vi­ous per­sonal-best with a time of 31.86.

She also qual­i­fied for three other fi­nals, fin­ish­ing fourth in 200-m but­ter­fly and sev­enth in both 100-m but­ter­fly and 200-m in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

In 12-and-un­der fe­male 400-m freestyle, Macken­zie Sut­ton cap­tured a bronze medal, fin­ish­ing less than two se­conds be­hind the sil­ver medal­ist with a time of 5:51.16. She took a full minute off her pre­vi­ous per­sonal-best time in that event.

Else­where, she qual­i­fied for the fi­nals in 400-m in­di­vid­ual med­ley (sixth) and 200-m back­stroke (sev­enth).

Rylee Moores made it to four fi­nals in fe­male 12-and-un­der and swam per­sonal-best times in all six of her events. She was fifth in 100-m but­ter­fly, sixth in 100-m freestyle, sev­enth in 200-m free- style and eighth in 50-m but­ter­fly.

Sarah For­ward of Sal­mon Cove fin­ished fourth in fe­male 13-14 400-m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, sixth in 400-m freestyle and eighth in 50-m breast­stroke.

Noah Coombs was fifth in the fi­nal for male 13-14 200-m back- stroke, and Court­ney Bud­den and Drew For­ward qual­i­fied for mul­ti­ple B-fi­nals at the meet in St. John’s.

The long course cham­pi­onships is the last ma­jor meet of the sea­son, though some Po­sei­don mem­bers will hope to qual­ify for the team rep­re­sent­ing the Avalon re­gion at the 2016 Sum­mer Games in Con­cep­tion Bay South.

The swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion runs dur­ing week two of the event, Aug. 17-21.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Nine Po­sei­don swim­mers took part in the Swim New­found­land and Labrador Long Course Cham­pi­onships in St. John’s. From the left are Noah Coombs, Sarah For­ward, Court­ney Bud­den, Alex Neil, Jorja Ben­nett, Macken­zie Sut­ton and Rylee Moores. Not pic­tured are Drew For­ward and Al­li­son Somers.

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