Pos­i­tive start to Spar­tans swim sea­son

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The Spar­tans have started their com­pet­i­tive sea­son with a splash.

“While we focus on en­durance and tech­nique at the start of the year, the com­pe­ti­tions are the best re­minder of why we do what we do,” said coach Jan Matthews. “The re­sults from these early meets pro­vide a base­line from which to build through the sea­son.

“Our swim­mers ranked in the top five at the New Brunswick re­gional meet in late Oc­to­ber. Such pos­i­tive feed­back re­minds the swim­mers of the strength of their in­di­vid­ual ac­com­plish­ments, no mat­ter how large the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Si­mon Buske placed first in each of his events and recorded a new per­sonal best in the 100 freestyle.

Rea­gan Bushen earned best times and a first-place rank­ing in both the 100 and 200 back­stroke events and added a fifth in the 50 breast­stroke.

Ab­bie Byrnes recorded per­sonal bests with ev­ery swim, plac­ing first in the 200 IM (in­di­vid­ual med­ley), sec­ond in the 50 free and third in the 50 breast­stroke.

Kaitlin Doyle swam to sec­ond in the 200 IM, third in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 50 breast­stroke. She col­lected best times award for her freestyle and IM swims.

Kassie Doyle ranked sec­ond in the 100 free, third in the 200 IM and fifth in the 50 back­stroke, record­ing per­sonal bests in the freestyle and IM events.

A per­sonal best swim in the 50-freestyle earned Aure­lia Mitchell a sec­ond-place rank­ing, while she swam to fourth and fifth in the 100 and 200 IM, re­spec­tively.

The team com­bined ef­forts to place first in the 4 x 50 free and third in the 4 x 50 med­ley re­lay.

Nova Tech re­gional meet

Four young swim­mers col­lected 16 best time awards at the first Nova Tech com­pe­ti­tion in Port Hawkes­bury.

“Nova Tech is a tiered pro­gram that pro­vides a sup­port­ive in­tro­duc­tion to com­pet­i­tive swim­ming,” ex­plained Matthews. “It al­lows swim­mers to dis­cover what they can ac­com­plish and en­cour­ages them to do more.”

Com­pet­ing at the Par­tic­i­pa­tion Level were Gemma Les­lie-Dowe, Ade­lynn Fisher and Evan­ge­line Thibedeau. Les­lie-Dowe and Thibedeau achieved the time stan­dards to grad­u­ate to Level 1 swim­ming.

Ava Tag­gart earned her Level 1 grad­u­a­tion time in the 200 IM to qualify for the top tier of the Nova Tech pro­gram.

Pro­vin­cial age group com­pe­ti­tion

More than 250 age group swim­mers from across Nova Sco­tia gath­ered in Wolfville for the Fall Se­ries devel­op­ment meet.

“This fall’s age group com­pe­ti­tions bring to­gether all lev­els of swim­mers,” ex­plained coach Man­son Gloade. “Be­sides the num­bers, it can be in­tim­i­dat­ing to re­al­ize that you’re be­ing ranked against those swim­ming at both the pro­vin­cial and na­tional lev­els. More than ever, it’s im­por­tant to focus on the in­di­vid­ual swim­ming and ac­com­plish­ments.”

Rea­gan Bushen, Olivia El­liott and Pauline Schaaf recorded per­sonal best times with ev­ery swim.

Ab­bie Byrnes col­lected five best time awards, while Olivia Ba­con bet­tered her time in four events.

Aure­lia Mitchell, Si­mon Buske and Jor­dan Beaton earned three per­sonal bests apiece, with Ella McGuigan drop­ping time in two events.

The Spar­tans are cur­rently work­ing to­wards the up­com­ing New Brunswick re­gional meet.

DAR­RELL COLE – AMHERST NEWS

Mem­bers of the Spar­tans swim club were among more than 250 age group swim­mers from across Nova Sco­tia to go to Wolfville for a fall se­ries devel­op­ment meet. Spar­tans’ com­peti­tors in­cluded, front, from left, Ab­bie Byrnes, Olivia El­liott, Rea­gan Bushen and Si­mon Buske. In back, Amelia Mitchell, Olivia Ba­con, Jor­dan Beaton, Ella McGuigan, Kassie Doyle and Kaitlin Doyle. Miss­ing is Pauline Schaaf.

DAR­RELL COLE – AMHERST NEWS

Four mem­bers of the Spar­tans swim club col­lected 16 best time awards at the Nova Tech com­pe­ti­tion in Port Hawkes­bury. They in­cluded, from left, Ade­lynn Fisher, Ava Tag­gart, Gemma Les­lie-Dowe and Evan­ge­line Thi­bodeau.

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