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Rapids Swimmers Finish Strong Season
May 5, 2015



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Pictured, l-r, Top 3 swimmers (front) Kate Bedard, Trevor Kozak and Lauren Armstrong all 7 years old.
  (back) Shona Branton, 12. Missing is Jack Biggar, 13.

Twenty-eight swimmers from the Sarnia Y Rapids I Swim Team competed in the St. Clair Erie Aquatic League (SEAL) Championships in late April to cap off their 2014-2015 season. Lauren Armstrong, 7, finished 1st overall among the 7-and-under girls’ group, while her teammate Kate Bedard, also 7, finished 3rd.

Lauren came 1st in the group’s 25m backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, and 2nd in the 25m butterfly, improving all her personal best times (PBTs). Kate placed 3rd in the 25m backstroke and 25m freestyle and 4th in the 25m breaststroke. Among the boys, Trevor Kozak took 2nd overall in the 7-and-under boys’ group, with a 1st-place finish in the 25m backstroke, 2nd in the 25m butterfly and breaststroke and 4th in the 25m freestyle. Trevor also improved all his PBTs.

Shona Branton, 12, finished 1st in the 100m Individual Medley (IM) and 100m breaststroke while also besting all her PBTs. Jack Biggar, 13, earned 3rd place in his 100m breaststroke event, finishing in the Top 10 with PBTs in each of his individual events.

Others earning ribbons for up to 6th place were: Ciara Brown, 13, with a 4th-place finish in the 100m freestyle; Gregory Dietrich, also 13, achieved PBTs in each of his individual events, coming 5th in the 100m breaststroke; and Nadine Osmon, 13, for a 5th-place finish in the 50m butterfly.

Annabelle Rayson, 9, and McKenna Brown and Warren Millward, both 11, beat all of their previous PBTs, while Diane Clarke, 13, did so in four of her events. Isaac Jones, 9, shaved as much as 17 seconds off his PBTs in his individual swims, while Travis Kozak, 9, bested his PBTs by as much as 13 seconds. His brother Zakk, 11, also earned five PBTs. Braedan Babenko and Isabella Wright, both 9, and Ayrianna Batson, 11, each had three PBTs, while Taylor Marut, 10, had two Top 10 finishes and three PBTs. Her brother, Trevor, 8, and Nik Mukherjee, 11, also swam to three PBTs. Carter Brush, 9, bested his PBT in the 100m IM by more than 14 seconds and for the 25m breaststroke by almost 10. Samuel Dietrich, 11, also achieved two PBTs. Tyler Murphy, 11, shot past his previous PBT in the 100m freestyle by 19 seconds, while Gabrion Tulang, 10, bested his PBT in the 50m butterfly by more than 12 seconds. Kaiden Rawson, 12, had a Top 10 finish and three PBTs. Also participating were Kristen Alexander, 8, and Allie Rawson, 10.

The Sarnia Y Rapids 1 swimmers are coached by Sue Athanasopoulos.

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