SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Dolphins competed at two recent swimming events in the Maritimes.
The first event was the Fast and Furious competition in Charlottetown. The fourth annual sprint meet attracted 225 swimmers ranging in age from eight-years-old to 20-years-old. Swimmers from Bathurst, Moncton, Miramichi, Sackville, Pictou and Charlottetown also participated.
A total of 10 swimmers, along with coaches Jennifer Power Hawrylak and Kate Mallett, represented the Dolphins at the Flying Fin 10-and-under meet in Fredericton, N.B.
The Flying Fin event featured sprint swims, with most of the Dolphins competing in 25- and 50-metre races.
Claire Ashley, Ashlyn Meisner, Aspen Shields, Drew Shields, Drew Drummond, Nico Durant, Courtney McBride, Kyle Payne, Lauren Folland and Madison Brown represented the Dolphins.
“This event allowed the coaches to see how well practices had been going, and it is the only major 10-and-under meet in Atlantic Canada,” said Dolphins head coach Dave Campbell.
Fast and Furious
At the Fast and Furious meet, there were four 50-metre eliminator events where all swimmers could enter. Then the top four raced off, with the top two swimmers competing for a cash prize of $25 to $50.
There was also an ironman event. The top eight swimmers only swam 100-metre individual medleys, with the bottom two swimmers eliminated.
Ten-year-olds Tyra MacKinnon and Evan Corish led the way for the Dolphins. MacKinnon won both the 50-metre freestyle and 50-metre backstroke eliminator, as well as the 100-metre fly.
Corish won the 50-metre free eliminator, and placed in the top three of all his events while recording personal-best times.
Following is a recap of how the rest of the Dolphins fared:
Evan Tynski, 16 – placed third in Ironman, first in 100-metre backstroke, third in 100-metre breaststroke and third in the 50-metre backstroke.
Maggie Finkle Aucoin, 17 – eighth in Ironman.
Courtney McBride, 10 – second in 50-metre freestyle and fourth in the 50-metre breaststroke.
Anna Son, 15 – first in the 100-metre freestyle and third in the 100-metre breaststroke.
Grace Meade, 14 – fourth in the 100-metre breaststroke.
Karen Farag, 12 – fifth in the 100-metre breaststroke.
Samuel Farag, 12 – fifth in the 100-metre breaststroke.
Patrick Martin, 15 – third in the 100-metre backstroke.
Colton Profit, 16 – fifth in the 100-metre backstroke and was seven-for-seven in recording personal-best times.
Abby Corish, 13 – third in the 100-metre freestyle.
Qualify for meet
Also, Mikaela Tynski and Evan Corish finalized qualifying for a meet in Quebec with some great swimming, notes a media release issued by the Dolphins.
“Other swimmers who really swam well were members of the young 10-and-under Tier 1 group,” said Campbell. “Abbey Rice, Claire Ashley, Drew Drummond and Ashlyn Meisner swam extremely well at their first big competitive event.”
Campbell, Mallett and Power Hawrylak were all very pleased with the team’s performance.
Next up for most of these swimmers will be either the New Brunswick long-course championships, or the Laval Invitational in Quebec.