ORILLIA CHANNEL CATS SWIM CLUB
The Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club recently attended two competitions.
Orillia hosted an invitational meet that included teams from Muskoka and Barrie. This one-day meet gave the swimmers an opportunity to qualify for Short Course Regionals, or to simply experience their first competition.
Katie Heckendorn, 11, qualified for Regionals in the 50-metre freestyle.
Indiana Abram, 12, broke the 11/12 male club record in the 50-metre butterfly (32.13).
All swimmers and volunteers did a great racing as well as hosting the Invitational.
Swimmers in attendance include Nadine Ackert, Alex Baillie, Anna Vurma, Eve Cosco, Sophia Brown, Tristan Sekleski, Owen McCool, Holly McCool, Brynn Munday, Grace Hunter, Ben Thomson, Nathan McClinchey, Charlee Tillmannns, Peyton Nie, Hayden Nie, Kianna DeGrechie, Colin Comfort, Lilianna Pilon, Rebecca Mascioli, Aiden Lewis, Molly Hazel, Alycia Golding, Olivia Currie, Owen Wagner, Indiana Abram, Jackson Denne, Maelle Bouchard, Zach Sternberg, Kate Sontag, Katie Heckendorn and Ava Holly-Elliott.
On the following day, swimmers attended a long course competition held in Markham at the Pan Am Centre.
“This meet provided an early season long course meet, so the swimmers could remember what racing in a 50-metre pool feels like,” said head coach Meredith Thompson-Edwards.
Chilyn Fenton, 18, qualified for Eastern Canadian Championships in the 50-metre butterfly, and also set a new club record (31.12).
Blythe Wieclawek, 14, broke the club record in 50-metre backstroke (31.76).
Peyton Nie, 15, qualified for Regionals in the 400-metre freestyle.
Swimmers in attendance include Jackson Denne, Katie Heckendorn, Indiana Abram, Evie Cooke, Rebecca Mascioli, Tristan Sekleski, Maelle Bouchard, Charlee Tillmanns, Aycia Golding, Anna Vurma, Jakob Loewen, Owen Wagner, Katie Williams, Zach Moczkodan, Chilyn Fenton, Peyton Nie, Emma Boychoff, Meagan Mackenzie, Blythe Wieclawek and Adair Wieclawe.
“We had a great weekend of racing, with a lot of positives,” said Thompson-Edwards.
Coming up next for the Cats: Huronia Short Course Regionals, Collingwood Development Meet and Ontario Winter Festivals.