Team ex­cels at provin­cials

Gan­der Lak­ers smash club records at Swim­ming NL cham­pi­onships

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial - BY TIM ROWSELL, LAK­ERS HEAD COACH SPE­CIAL TO THE BEA­CON

The Gan­der Lak­ers Swim Club sent 16 swim­mers to the Swim­ming New­found­land and Labrador Cham­pi­onships at the Aquarena in St. John’s March 23-25.

In the face of tough com­pe­ti­tion, and with sev­eral top swim­mers be­ing struck down by a virus, the team ex­celled at the event.

Some swim­mers suf­fered through just a hand­ful of swims af­ter be­com­ing ill, but per­se­vered in an ex­tra­or­di­nary dis­play of re­silience and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Dy­lan Mo­rawski, a grad­u­at­ing swim­mer, set new club records in the 200 Free and 4 x 200 Free Re­lay. Mo­rawski earned three gold medals, two sil­ver and one bronze, putting him into the Top Achiever spot for the meet.

Zach Davidge had third- and fourth-place fin­ishes and set a new club record in the 4 x 200 Free Re­lay.

Ai­dan Foote set a new club record in the 50 Breast, and Do­minic Kennedy placed fifth, sixth and eighth in fi­nals.

Jake LeCoure placed had one fifth and two sev­enth-place fin­ishes and set a new club record in the 200 Breast.

Matt LeCoure placed fifth in fi­nals, and Greg Lewis set a new club record for the 100 Free Re­lay.

Ewan Ma­clean placed sec­ond and fourth in fi­nals, and Fin­ley Ma­cLean had two fourth-place fin­ishes.

Spencer Pittman cel­e­brated six new per­sonal best times, and Eme­lyn Pur­cell achieved new per­sonal best times.

Nathan Quin­ton had fourt­hand sixth-place fin­ishes, set­ting three new club records for the 100 Breast, 200 Breast and 100 Breast in a re­lay.

Nick Rowsell earned a bronze medal, three fourth-place fin­ishes and one fifth, one sixth and one sev­enth. Rowsell also achieved an Eastern Na­tional qual­i­fy­ing time and added two new club records in the 50 free and 200 IM.

Noah Rowsell swam to a bronze-medal fin­ish and claimed one fifth- and one sev­enth-place fin­ish, set­ting a new club record in the 4x200 re­lay.

Iain Tweedie raced to two sev­enth-place fin­ishes and all­new per­sonal best times. Spe­cial thanks to coach Gra­ham Tweedie.

Swim­ming Canada re­sults Swim­ming Canada re­sults in­di­cate that Gan­der Lak­ers hold 37 spots in the top 100 swim­mers in Canada, per each age, per swim. Those who made the re­sults are: Dy­lan Mo­rawski (14 times), Ewan Ma­cLean (nine times), Nick Rowsell (seven times), Jake LeCoure (three times), Matt LeCoure (twice) Noah Rowsell (once), Do­minic Kennedy (once).

Up­com­ing meets

The Gan­der Lak­ers will be at­tend­ing an in­vi­ta­tional meet in Car­bon­ear, as well as send­ing three Na­tion­ally qual­i­fied swim­mers to Eastern Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Windsor, On­tario – the most ever in Laker his­tory.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Six­teen swim­mers from the Gan­der Lak­ers Swim Club set new club records at the Swim­ming New­found­land and Labrador Cham­pi­onships in St. John’s from March 23-25

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