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Rapid's Rawson Dominates at Aylmer Swim Meet

April 7, 2012


Kaiden Rawson, 9, of the Sarnia Y Rapids Swim Team picked up three 1st-place (100M Individual Medley or IM, 25M butterfly and 25M breaststroke) and two 2nd-place (25M backstroke and 50M freestyle) finishes at the last regular season swim meet of the St. Clair Erie Aquatic League (SEAL) season in Aylmer on April 1. Ciara Brown, also 9, earned 1st place in the 25M butterfly and 50M freestyle, 2nd place in the 25M breaststroke, 3rd place in the 25M backstroke and 6th in the 200M IM. Joining them in the 200M freestyle relay that won 1st place in their age group were Mckenna Jackson and Erin Lacey, also 9. McKenna also earned 2nd place in the 25M backstroke, 3rd in the 50M freestyle and 6th in the 100M IM, 25M butterfly and 25M breaststroke. Erin came 6th in the 25M backstroke.

Another Rapids relay team Abby Allardyce, Samantha Bedard, Jack Biggar, and Nadine Osmon, all 10 came 1st in its age category. Abby added 2nd place in the 50M breaststroke, 5th in the 100M freestyle, and 6th in the 100M IM. Samantha placed 4th in the 100M IM. Jack finished 1st in the 50M backstroke, and 2nd in the 50M butterfly, 50M breaststroke and 100M freestyle. Nadine came 1st in the 100M freestyle, 2nd in the 50M backstroke, 3rd in the 50M butterfly and 4th in the 50M breaststroke.

In the 7-and-under age category, Taylor Marut, 7, finished 2nd in the 25M butterfly and 25M freestyle, and 3rd in the 25M backstroke. Allie Rawson, 6, placed 3rd in the 25M breaststroke, 4th in the 25Mbackstroke and 25M freestyle and 5th in the 25M butterfly.

Among 8- and 9-year-olds, twins Fiona and Hannah Elliott, 8, continue to impress, with Fiona placing 3rd in the 25M breaststroke and 6th in the 25M backstroke, and Hannah coming 5th in the 25M breaststroke. Hayden Scott, also 8, finished 6th in the 100M IM. Ayrianna Batson, also 8, took more than 11 seconds off her time for the 50M freestyle, while fellow 8-year-old McKenna Brown shaved 4 seconds off her time for the 25M breaststroke. In his first competition, 8-year-old Burak Gurtekin had four Top 10 finishes.

Abby Warren, 10, finished 8th in the 50M breaststroke and took 10 seconds off her time in the 100M IM. Ally Core, 11, came 5th in the 50M breaststroke. Rylynn Haney, also 11, bettered her times in all her individual events, including an improvement of more than 18 seconds in the 100M freestyle.

Connor Phipps, 12, placed 3rd in the 100M IM, and 5th in the 50M butterfly, 100M backstroke and 100M breaststroke. Luke Young, 13, earned a 2nd place finish in the 100M breaststroke, 3rd place in the 50M butterfly, 100M backstroke and 100M freestyle, and 5th in the 200M IM. Magaidh Crossland, also 13, came 5th in the 50M butterfly. Samantha Lefebvre, 12, earned a 9th place finish in the 100M freestyle and improved most of her individual times. Zoe Little, also 12, came 7th in the 100M breaststroke. In their first meet in the 12- and 13-year-old age division, Rachel Dalton improved her times in the 100M IM, 50M butterfly and 100M freestyle, while Meghan Jackson and Hannah Lacey achieved four and two Top 10 finishes respectively. Madison McKinlay, 13, placed 9th in the 100M breaststroke

The Sarnia Y Rapids 1 swimmers are coached by Sue Athanasopoulos, and will finish the year with Championships in Chatham on April 28 and 29.