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Local Channel Cat swimmer breaks club record at Scarborough meet

'Our swimmers really stepped it up and put in a great effort at their first long-course meet of the season,' says swim team's coach

The Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club recently competed in the Scarborough long-course invitational held at the Toronto Pan Am Centre.

Swimmers from senior novice, bronze, silver and gold training groups participated in the meet.

This meet was held in a 50-metre pool, and was a lot of the young swimmers’ first experience racing in a long-course pool.

“Our swimmers really stepped it up and put in a great effort at their first long-course meet of the season,” said head coach Meredith Thompson-Edwards.

Blythe Wieclawek, 17, broke the girls’ 15-and-over 50-metre breaststroke club record (34.12).

The local club also added to their list of Huronia regional qualifiers: Sophie Shivers (50-metre freestyle, 50-metre backstroke), Kajun Butler (50-metre breaststroke) and Christopher Dorevich (50-metre breaststroke and 50-metre backstroke).

Swimmers in attendance include Christopher Dorevich, Kael Cresanto, Anna Holton, Maelle Mooney, Niko Plett, Indiana Abram, Ava Fairgrieve, Sophia Brown, Isabella Brown, Maelle Bouchard, Evangeline Cooke, Fedor Radzievskii, Rydaar Watt, Hayden Nie, Riley Shore, Nadine Ackert, Ayan Rau, Gabriella Marques, Katie Heckendorn, Maya Levene, Harrison Levene, Olivia Favaro, Jackson Denne, Sam Pecorella, Kaitlyn Allin, Reid Wolf-Hambsch, Catherine Shaw, Grace Hunter, Mila Sekleski, Kajun Butler, Georgia Cameron, Taryn Fenton, Adair Wieclawek, Blythe Wieclawek and Sophie Shivers.

The Channel Cats are gearing up for Huronia short-course regional championships, which will be held at the Orillia Recreation Centre Feb. 3 to 5. Clubs from Barrie, Orangeville, Peterborough, Owen Sound, Collingwood, Port Elgin, Hanover and Muskoka will be in attendance.



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