Mar­lins look back on suc­cess­ful swim sea­son

The Southern Gazette - - Sports - MARYSTOWN, N.L. MARYSTOWN, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

The Marystown Mar­lins Swim Team re­cently con­cluded a suc­cess­ful sum­mer sea­son.

The team, con­sist­ing of 62 ju­nior and se­nior swim­mers, par­tic­i­pated in two in­vi­ta­tional meets and hosted their own meet here at the Marystown YMCA.

The high­light of the sum­mer for swim­mers was the Gan­der Pro­vin­cial Swim Meet in Au­gust. The Mar­lins earned a fourth place fin­ish over­all as well as Most Im­proved Team amongst the sum­mer clubs.

Gan­der Pro­vin­cial

high­lights:

• Grace Brad­bury – un­der 8 fe­male 25m freestyle – sil­ver medal

• An­nie McCarthy-An­drew – 9-10 fe­male 50m breast­stroke – sil­ver medal

• Damien Doucet – 11-12 male 50m back­stroke – sil­ver medal

• Kyle Kelly Murphy – 13-14 male 50m but­ter­fly – gold medal

13 – 14 male 100m IM – sil­ver medal

13-14 male 50m breast­stroke – gold medal

• Daniel War­ren – 13-14 male 50m freestyle- gold medal

13-14 male 50 m back­stroke – gold medal

13-14 male 100m IM – bronze medal

• Aedan Pitcher – 13-14 male 50m freestyle – sil­ver medal

13-14 male 50m back­stroke – sil­ver medal

13-14 male 100m IM- gold medal

• Ben Rogers – 13-14 male 50m freestyle – bronze medal

13-14 male 50m but­ter­fly – sil­ver medal

• Karen Sharpe – 15-16 fe­male 100m freestyle- gold medal

-15-16 fe­male 50m but­ter­fly – gold medal

- 15-16 fe­male 100m IM- sil­ver medal

•Emilee Far­rell – 15-16 fe­male – 100m back­stroke – bronze medal

•Kevin Sharpe – 17-18 male 100m freestyle – bronze medal

Marystown Mar­lins also earned medals in re­lay events:

• Fe­male 10 and un­der 200m Med­ley Re­lay- sil­ver medal – Abby McCarville, Makenna Far­rell, An­nie McCarthy-An­drew, Grace Brad­bury.

• Fe­male 15-16 200m Med­ley Re­lay- bronze medal – Sarah Jones, Hai­ley May, Karen Sharpe, Emilee Far­rell.

• Fe­male 15-16 200m Freestyle Re­lay – sil­ver medal – Emilee Far­rell, Hai­ley May, Sarah Jones, Karen Sharpe.

The Mar­lins also had two re­lay teams who broke sum­mer club pro­vin­cial records:

• Male 13-14 200m Med­ley Re­lay – gold medal – Kyle Kelly Murphy, Aedan Pitcher, Ben Rogers, Daniel War­ren.

• Male 13-14 200m Freestyle Re­lay – gold medal- Kyle Kelly Murphy, Ben Rogers, Aedan Pitcher, Daniel War­ren.

This marks the third time that this team of boys have bro­ken a pro­vin­cial sum­mer club record.

The team also had two top achiev­ers from the Gan­der Pro­vin­cial Meet: Kyle Kelly Murphy (Male 13-14) and Karen Sharpe (Fe­male 15-16).

Thanks to all the swim­mers, coaches, par­ents and spon­sors for a won­der­ful swim sea­son.

St. Lawrence na­tive Jason Pike, and fel­low Burin Penin­sula na­tive Brian Hil­lier of Grand Bank are look­ing to ex­pand on the foot­ball pro­gram started by Foot­bal­lNL.

Cur­rently there are three teams play­ing in the Avalon Foot­ball league, with in­ter­est in the pro­gram de­vel­op­ing in other com­mu­ni­ties.

“We’re cur­rently in the process of ex­pand­ing to Clarenville,” ex­plained Pike. “We have 35 plus kids now that we’re go­ing to be go­ing out and run­ning a camp with.” They’re also in the Bay Bulls area run­ning a camp.

Pike said since join­ing Foot­bal­lNL as de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor he has been in­ter­ested in bring­ing the pro­gram to the Burin Penin­sula.

The pro­gram ranges from un­der 12 up to un­der 18 di­vi­sion. Pike said they hope to have an open prac­tice on the Burin Penin­sula some­time this fall.

“Right now, we’re look­ing to com­prise at least one (Burin Penin­sula) team, so we’re hop­ing to get enough in­ter­est,” he said, “and I have no doubt that we can put to­gether at least one pro­gram.”

He said the goal is that once in­ter­est in the pro­gram is de­vel­oped that it would grow.

“If Marystown wanted to have their own team, then say St. Lawrence,” Pike noted. “We do it with soc­cer and we do it with bas­ket­ball, so we’re hop­ing that in the next few years it would be com­mon prac­tice to have that with foot­ball as well.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to learn how to try out visit www. foot­bal­lnl.ca or con­tact Jason Pike at jason.pike@foot­bal­lnl.ca.

CON­TRIB­UTED

The Marystown Mar­lins Swim Team par­tic­i­pated in two in­vi­ta­tional meets and hosted one of its own this sum­mer.

The St. Johns Rams tak­ing on the Car­bon­ear War­riors.

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