By Kim Matthews and Pam Moore
Special to Sylvan Lake News
Sylvan Lake Nauticals were in Sherwood Park for the Neil Lepps Memorial swim meet, Saturday and Sunday. We took 36 swimmers ranging in age from six to 14.
In the eight and under age group we had Brielle Siminot (6), Capri Fraser (7), Shelby-Lynn Battenfelder (8), Sarah McClelland (8), Justin St. Germain (8), Isaac Bahler (8), Chloe Snyder (8) and Blake Carson (8). All these swimmers achieved best times. They also had 41 combined top 10 finishes and took a total of five minutes and 62 seconds off on their swims.
The 9-10 year old age group was an extremely large group of youngsters for all the teams. Our team alone had 17 swimmers in this group — Zoe DeJonge (9), Taylor Lunde (9), Paris Ouellette (9), Molly Cocks (9), Mackenzie Siemens (9), Eden Price (9), Crystal Munroe (9), Brayden Lukash (9) and Allyne Siminot, Taylor Pangracs (10), Parker Bouvette (10), Megan Luchak (10), Kristin Sandberg (10), Emily Girard (10), Cole Matthews (10), Avery Burgar (10), and Asha Weaver (10). This group had 64 top ten finishes and a combined total time off of nine minutes and 33 seconds.
The 11-12 year old group consisted of Stephanie Vetter (11), Michael Carson (11), Elizabeth Moore (11), Tyler Brayden-Morris (12), Sydney Bouvette (12), Kyla Bancroft-Engen (12) and Kacey Joseph (12). These swimmers had a great performance getting 33 top 10 finishes and taking a total combined time off of five minutes and 35 seconds.
The 13-14 year old group included Lexi Sparrow (14), Ann Duffy (14), Annika Vetter (14) and Amber Carson (14). They had 28 top 10 finishes and a total time off of two minutes and 57 seconds.
Extra noteworthy mentions were the 13-14 year old girls 200m Medley relay (a combination of all four strokes) team of Annika, Amber, Ann and Elizabeth who got the club record with an amazing swim time of 2:23.86.
Amber Carson (14) set five new club records and got a 14 year old A time in 50m butterfly.
Elizabeth Moore (11) also set five new club records and got a 13 year old A in both 50m butterfly and 100m IM and got a 12 year old A time in 50m freestyle.
Emily Girard (10) got her 10 year old B time in 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke; she also got her 10 year
old MQT in the 100m IM.
Aggregate medals were awarded for the top points overall for each age group.
Elizabeth Moore got gold for the 11-12 year old girls age group, Amber Carson got bronze for the 13-14 year old girls age group, Justin St. Germain got bronze for the eight and under boys and Zoe DeJonge got bronze in the 9-10 year old girls age group.
The last award presented was a quadathon aggregate award.
They took a total of all four, 50m swims and added them together to get the fastest combined time for the four swims (50m back stroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and the 50m breaststroke).
Elizabeth Moore got silver for the 11-12 year old girls, Emily Girard got silver for the 9-10 year old girls, Asha Weaver got bronze for the 9-10 year old girls and Cole Matthews got bronze for the 9-10 year old boys.
The coaches were extremely impressed with our swimmers performance during the two-day event. Our newer swimmers gave it their all and looked amazing. Their strokes are coming along very nicely. We had an overall average of 77 per cent best times for all of the swimmers in attendance.
Way to go and keep up the hard work.
Good luck to all of our swimmers who are going to Edmonton Friday to Sunday for the Blue Bears invitational
swim meet — swim hard and make us all proud.