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Channel Cats welcome 80 swimmers to Muskats Splash

Some swimmers competed for the first time at this introductory meet at the Orillia YMCA
More than 80 swimmers competed at the recent Muskats Splash at the Orillia YMCA. Photo provided

The Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club recently hosted Muskats Splash Meet #3 at the YMCA. Approximately 80 swimmers from Orillia and Muskoka competed in the meet.     

“The goal at any Muskats Splash meet is to introduce competition to swimmers who are new to the sport, and to provide the opportunity for other swimmers to try different events,” says head coach Meredith Thompson-Edwards. “For example, we had a few swimmers race the 800- or 1500-metre freestyle for the first time which went really well.” 

Junior novice swimmers were in attendance at this meet and there were a few who raced for the first time in their career.    

“I am really proud of our swimmers. There were some who were quite nervous but they got up on the blocks and raced anyway. They ended up having a lot of fun,” says coach Tatum Haslem.       

Orillia Channel Cat swimmers in attendance included:  

  • Kaitlyn Allin 
  • Donovan Allin 
  • Rebecca Mascioli
  • Brynn Munday
  • Jackson Denne
  • Emma MacKillop
  • Reid Watson
  • Maelle Bouchard
  • Sophie Stegenga
  • Andrew Dilawri
  • Oscar Simons 
  • Gabe VanDam
  • Evan Wagner
  • Charlee Tillmanns
  • Cameron Tillmanns
  • Molly Hazel
  • Carter Smith
  • Joesph Holton
  • Benjamin Thomson
  • Erik Vurma
  • Elle Waite
  • Olivia Currie
  • Kate Sontag
  • Sophie DeWolfsmith
  • Elora DeWolfsmith
  • Colin Comfort
  • Emma Boychoff
  • Zach Mockzodan
  • Katie Heckendorn
  • Alexander Baillie