A trio of Glengarry swimmers competed last month at Eastern Ontario Regionals (Feb. 1-3) and the Ontario Winter Festivals (Feb. 16-17, in Etobicoke). The latter saw the local girls compete amongst swimmers from 88 provincial clubs.
Eleven-year-old Alivia Kyer, of Greenfield, competed in the 11-12 age group and placed in the top 15 in six of her events, at regionals. Her best results were 6th in the 800 m freestyle and 7th in the 100 m butterfly.
Her finishes qualified her for four more events at festivals, for a total of 8 for 11-year-olds.
At the provincial meet, she placed 9th in the 100 m butterfly, achieving a 12-year-old festival time. She placed 18th in the 200 m butterfly and 800 m freestyle events, 19th in the 50 m freestyle, and 24th in her 400 m freestyle.
Kyer is currently ranked 19th in Canada, for the 100 m butterfly, in her age group.
Martintown’s Hailey McDonald, aged 10, swam in the 10 and under age group at regionals.
She placed in the top seven in all seven of her events, with 5th place finishes in the 50 m freestyle and 200 m backstroke.
Hailey also qualified for festivals for the first time, in two events.
There, the youngster who turned 10 in January, did very well for her first time at festivals, notes coach Cory Kyer.
Competing in the 10 and under division, McDonald scored top25 results in both of her events: 19th in the 100 m freestyle and 25th in the 50 m freestyle.
Maddyson Kyer, aged 9, attended her first regionals, where she competed in five events.
The Greenfield lass achieved a new regional time in the 50 m freestyle and placed 9th in the 200 m backstroke.
PAT LID ALEXANDRIA
MAKING A SPLASH: Greenfield’s Alivia Kyer takes to the water in the butterfly.