Sylvan Lake Nauticals sent 13 swimmers to the 26th Annual Poppy Invitational swim meet in Edmonton last month. It was a great meet for all of the swimmers who attended, and they did a tremendous job representing the swim club.
This meet only had final events for the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and the backstroke events.
Noah Andrews, 13, competed in seven events, taking second place in the 50m butterfly, and third in both the 50m and the 100m freestyle. Noah had a good weekend of swimming.
Abbigail Bahler, 8, swam in six events over the two-day meet, and did an awesome job taking five seconds off her previous best time in the 25m freestyle.
Isaac Bahler, 10, had a superb weekend of swimming. He competed in seven races and took 14.37 seconds off of his 100m freestyle, 10.21 seconds off of his 100m backstroke and 24.15 seconds off of his 400m freestyle. Isaac placed third in the 400m freestyle, needing to only take off another seven seconds in his 200m freestyle to get his MQT (meet qualifying time).
Amber Carson, 16, swam in six events, placing second in the 200m freestyle and sixth in the 50m butterfly. Amber broke three club records in the 16-year-old girls’ age group.
Michael Carson, 13, competed in six events over the weekend and earned himself three personal best times.
Molly Cocks, 11, joined the team on Sunday and competed in four events. Molly had a really good day shaving off 4.93 seconds on her 50m butterfly.
Zoe DeJonge, 11, swam in seven events, making the final in the 100m backstroke where she placed third. Zoe also placed in the top 10 in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m backstroke. She earned six personal best times and got her 11-year-old ‘A’ qualifying time in the 100m backstroke.
Ann Duffy, 15, swam in seven events over the two-day meet and came back for three finals on Sunday. Ann earned herself four personal best times, placing in the top eight swimmers in five events.
Matthew Gauthier, 15, had a great weekend competing in seven events and qualifying in all five finals. Matthew had five personal best time swims and earned first place in the 50m breaststroke. He also took three second-place ribbons in the 50m and 100m butterfly and the 100m breaststroke, and finished third place in the 50m freestyle.
Tyler Gauthier, 15, had a very good meet, getting a personal best time in both the 50m and 100m butterfly and placing sixth in the 100m butterfly final.
Nicholas Hellrud, 14, swam in five events and took 6.2 seconds off of his prior personal best time in the 100m freestyle.
Sydney Hovdestad, 12, competed in seven events over the weekend, taking 2.23 seconds off her 100m freestyle. She had a very good weekend at the pool.
Elizabeth Moore, 13, had a great weekend competing in seven events and qualifying in three finals. Elizabeth earned seven personal best times and seven club records for the 13-year-old girls’ age group. She won seven first-place ribbons, earning her the age group aggregate for most points in her age group of 13-14. Over the weekend, she was able to get her Canadian age group qualifying time in both the 50m and 100m backstroke, and her Western age group qualifying time in both the 50m backstroke and the 100m butterfly.
We look forward to our next few meets coming up before Christmas. Good luck to all the swimmers!