One club, three meets

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The Wolfville Tri­tons Swim Club is show­ing its depth when it was able to send swim­mers to three sep­a­rate meets many kilo­me­tres apart.

Three swim­mers from the club re­cently at­tended the Eastern Cham­pi­onships in Eto­bi­coke, On­tario.

Ava Vial, 15, Bo Stokes­buryPrice, 13, and Ni­co­laas Groen­eveld, 16, trav­elled to On­tario de­ter­mined to bet­ter times and make the qual­i­fy­ing stan­dards for the Ju­nior Na­tion­als that will be held in Toronto later this year.

The Eastern Cham­pi­onships had more than 800 com­peti­tors, with high qual­ity swim­mers at­tend­ing.

“This is a good thing for young swim­mers to see and be part of,” said head coach Moira Mil­ward.

For Groen­eveld and Stokes­bury-Price, this was not their first en­counter with a na­tional level event — they pre­vi­ously at­tended the na­tional age group cham­pi­onships last year — but for many at­tend­ing the meet, it was their first time at na­tion­als.

“The key to suc­cess is to stay fo­cused and not al­low one­self to be over­whelmed,” Mil­ward said. “Re­sults showed that our three swim­mers did as they were asked, mak­ing five best times from seven swims.”

Three other swim­mers headed to Saint John, New Brunswick, to a sprint meet held by the TIDE Fundy swim club. The ex­pec­ta­tion for these swim­mers — Mag­gie Graves, 11, Gabriel Graves, 13, and Matthew Bent, 16 — was to im­prove times and pre­pare for the sum­mer meets com­ing up, which re­quire higher qual­i­fy­ing stan­dards. Here they were re­warded with 11 best times from 18 swims.

“I was ex­tremely sat­is­fied with the ef­forts these three swim­mers made on their swims,” said Mil­ward. “They knew what they had to do and they had to do it with the sup­port of a coach from an­other team. I am im­pressed with the growth of fo­cus they are de­vel­op­ing.”

At yet an­other meet, 16 of the youngest Tri­tons trav­elled to Univer­site St. Anne to com­pete in the fi­nal re­gional meet of the sea­son.

“These young swim­mers have had a most ex­cel­lent sea­son with many grad­u­at­ing up to the age group pro­gram, which is the main swim­ming pro­gram in year­round swim­ming,” Mil­ward said.

Olivia Wil­liams, 11, and So­phie Duncan, 11, joined the group of gold medal re­cip­i­ents of the sea­son, while Robert Kennedy, 13, got his sil­ver.

“With a sub­stan­tial num­ber of best times from these young swim­mers it is proof that the pro­gram de­signed to de­velop the younger ath­lete in the club is well fo­cused and work­ing,” Mil­ward added.

These young swim­mers will now head to the pro­vin­cial meet in Truro to swim with those from around the prov­ince.

“It has been such an ex­cit­ing year for our swim­mers this year, so many best times with ex­cel­lent swims, so many new swim­mers ris­ing very quickly through the pro­grams, it bodes well look­ing for­ward to the next sea­son, which is about four months away — but this sea­son has many weeks yet to go,” Mil­ward said. “We wait to hear of the nom­i­na­tions for the Canada Games and the key ath­letes for that are on ten­ter­hooks!”

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