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Rapids Swimmers Make Big Splash at Chatham Pool
sarniasports November 24, 2011

Pictured are all swimmers achieving a Top 3 finish (either individually or as part of a relay). Back row, l-r: Hannah Lacey, 11, Magaidh Crossland, 13,
Aynsley Persad, 12, Luke Young, 12. Second row, l-r: Hayden Scott, 8, Jack Biggar, 9, Ciara Brown, 9, Erin Lacey, 9, Kaiden Rawson, 9, Evelyn Chambers, 9, Samantha Bedard, 9, Ella Roland, 9. Front row, l-r: McKenna Brown, 7, Simone Roland, 6, Allie Rawson, 6, Ayrianna Batson, 8.
Missing are Taylor Marut, 7, Nadine Osmon, 10 and Hunter Small, 12.

Twenty-nine members of the Sarnia Y Rapids Swim Team competed in the SEAL (St. Clair Erie Aquatic League) swim meet at the new YMCA in Chatham on November 20. Four individual swimmers, and a relay team, earned 1st-place ribbons.

Samantha Bedard and Kaiden Rawson, both 9, each came 1st in two of their individual events – Samantha in the 25M butterfly and 50M freestyle, and Kaiden in the 25M breaststroke and 50M freestyle. Kaiden added 2nd-place finishes in the 100M Individual Medley (IM) and 25M butterfly, and 5th in the 25M backstroke. Samantha came 2nd in the 100M IM and 3rd in the 25m breaststroke, and was also part of the relay team that placed 1st in its age group, along with Ciara Brown and Erin Lacey, 9, and Hayden Scott, 8. Ciara also earned a 4th-place finish in the 25m backstroke, 5th in the 25M butterfly and 6th in the 100M IM and 25M breaststroke.

Hunter Small and Luke Young, both 12, each earned 1st place in individual events. Hunter finished 1st in the 100M breaststroke and Luke in the 100M backstroke. Hunter also came 3rd in the 100M IM and 4th in the 50M butterfly, while Luke placed 2nd in the 100M IM, 50M butterfly and 100M breaststroke, and 4th in the 200M freestyle.

In the 7-and-under age group, Mckenna Brown, 7, finished 3rd in the 25M backstroke and 5th in the 25M freestyle. Taylor Marut, also 7, came 3rd in the 25M freestyle, 4th in the 25M butterfly and 5th in the 25M breaststroke. Allie Rawson and Simone Roland, both 6, improved over their last meet, with Allie finishing in the Top 10 in three of her events.

Among the-8-and-9-year-old swimmers, Jack Biggar, 9, placed 2nd in the 25m breaststroke, 3rd in the 100M IM and 25M backstroke, and 6th in the 25m butterfly. Mckenna Jackson, also 9, came 5th in the 25M breaststroke. Ayrianna Batson, 8, improved her time by more than 10 seconds in the 25M breaststroke, and Evelyn Chambers and Ella Roland, both 9, cracked the Top 10 in that event.

In the group of 10-and-11-year-olds, Hannah Lacey, 11, earned a 3rd-place finish in the 100M IM and a 5th in the 50m backstroke, while Nadine Osmon, 10, came 4th in the 100M freestyle. Connor Phipps, 11, finished 6th in the 50M breaststroke. Abby Allerdyce, 10, took more than 10 seconds off her previous best time in the 100M IM, while Ally Core, also 10, took more than 15 seconds off her personal best in that event. Nes Tulang, 10, improved her times in each of her events, particularly the 50M breaststroke, in which she took almost 25 seconds off her previous best. Rachel Dalton, 11, Rylynn Haney, 10, and Myléna Vallée, 11, also participated.

Magaidh Crossland, 13, and Zoe Little and Aynsley Persad, both 12, all earned ribbons. Aynsley came 4th in the 100M IM and 6th in the 50M butterfly. Zoe finished 6th in the 100M freestyle, and Magaidh placed 6th in the 100M IM. Samantha Lefebvre, 12, improved her times in multiple events.

The Rapids are hosting a meet on Sunday, December 4 at the YMCA of Sarnia-Lambton on Finch Drive, and spectators are welcome.







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