Swim Season Begins for Sarnia Y Rapids

November 2, 2015

submitted photo

In the photo are Top 3 finishers.
Back row; Greg Dietrich, Diane Clarke, and Kaiden Rawson, all 13.
Front row: Devan Dyck, 11, and Lauren Armstrong, 8.
Missing is Trevor Marut, 8.

Twenty-five swimmers from the Sarnia Y Rapids 1 Swim Team participated in the first swim meet of the St. Clair Erie Aquatic League (SEAL) season in Aylmer on October 19. Two team members finished first in at least one event in their age groups. Lauren Armstrong, 8, finished 1st in the 25m breaststroke, and added 3rd place in the 50m backstroke and 4th in the 25m butterfly; fellow 8-year-old Trevor Marut earned his 1st-place finishes in the 50m backstroke and freestyle events, and also came 2nd in the 25m breaststroke and 3rd in the 25m butterfly.

Four of their teammates finished in the Top Three: Diane Clarke, 13, finished 2nd in the 100m freestyle and 3rd in the 100m breaststroke while improving her personal best times (PBTs) in each of her events; Greg Dietrich, also 13, improved all of his PBTs as well and took three 2nd-place finishes in the 100m backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle; fellow 13-year-old Kaiden Rawson came 3rd in the 100m backstroke and breaststroke while improving PBTs in all of his events; 11-year-old Devan Dyck took more than 8 seconds off his PBT in the 50m butterfly while finishing 3rd in that event.

Another eight swimmers earned ribbons with up to 6th-place finishes. Kristen Alexander, 9, came 5th in the 50m backstroke. Eight-year-old Kate Bedard placed 5th in the 25m breaststroke and 50m freestyle and 6th in the 50m backstroke. Daniel Guo, 11, finished 5th in the 50m backstroke and 6th in the 50m butterfly. Daisy Jenkins, 9, earned a 5th-place finish in the 50m freestyle and 6th in the 25m breaststroke where she improved her PBT by 14 seconds. Warren Millward, 12, finished 4th in each of his events. Eleven-year-old Tyler Murphy swam to a 5th-place finish in the 50m breaststroke and 6th in the 50m backstroke, while Jagger Norton, 9, placed 6th in the 50m butterfly. Russell Oliver, also 9, finished 4th in the 25m breaststroke and 50m freestyle, and 5th in the 25m butterfly and 50m backstroke.

Reaching the Top 10 in at least one event were Carter Brush, 10, Eileen Carter, 8, Arianah Dreise, 11 (who also bested all her PBTs), Jessie Hillier, 9, Annabelle Rayson, 10, Grace Vandevenne, 11 (who took 20 seconds off her PBT in the 100m freestyle), and Isabella Wright, 9. Ava Norton, 9, improved each of her PBTs, by as much as 10 seconds,

Also swimming were Olivia Conroy, 12, Vanessa Dyck, 10, and Susan Wu, 11.

The Sarnia Y Rapids 1 swimmers are coached by Sue Athanasopoulos. This groupís next meet is in Chatham on November 15.







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