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Channel Cats host first competition at Orillia Recreation Centre

Blythe Wieclawek sets two new club records as 61 swimmers from junior novice up to gold training groups participated in the meet at Orillia facility

The Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club recently hosted the first competition at the Orillia Recreation Centre.

Sixty-one swimmers from junior novice up to gold training groups participated in the meet along with swimmers from Muskoka and Collingwood.

“This was our first time hosting a meet using the electronic timing system. Our club officials had the opportunity to learn the new system in order to prepare for larger competitions next year,” said head coach Meredith Thompson-Edwards.

Blythe Wieclawek, 16, set new short-course club records in the 15-and-over girls’ 200-metre butterfly (2:26.18) and 50-metre freestyle (26.10).

A lot of Cats were at their very first competition. Junior novice swimmers who were competing for the first time include Isla Thomas, Alivia Cavanagh, Carmen Conroy, Kinsley Driedger, Emma Edgerton, Maya Favaro, Zoe LeBoeuf, Gabriella Marques, Karstin Picken, Mila Sekleski, Sophie Shivers, Riley Shore, Brady Bell, Christopher Dorevich, Elias Fisher, Caden Stuart, Rydaar Watt, Nicolas Willis and Tobias Woegerer.

Swimmers from senior novice, bronze, silver and gold raced personal bests and enjoyed competing in their home pool. These swimmers include Zoe Baker, Isabella Brown, Georgia Cameron, Sylvia Chabot, Ava Fairgrieve, Olivia Favaro, Emony Fisher, Bethany Lewis, Arabella McFarland, Niko Plett, Boyd Brown, Kael Cresanto, Mason Cronin, Harrison Levene, Fedor Radzievskii, Reid Wolf-Hambsch, Nadine Ackert, Maelle Bouchard, Sophia Brown, Kaitlyn Burden, Elana Carrigan, Grace Hunter, Maelle Mooney, Anna Vurma, Patrick Burden, Kajun Butler, Aiden Lewis, Sam Pecorella, Kaitlyn Allin, Zoe Close, Katie Heckendorn, Charlee Tillmanns, Adair Wieclawek, Evangeline Cooke, Taryn Fenton, Emily Gordon, Peyton Nie, Esmee Rosati, Blythe Wieclawek, Indiana Abram, Alexander Baillie and Hayden Nie.

Swimmers from senior novice and above are heading to Markham May 20 to 22 to compete in a long-course (50-metre pool) competition.