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Local swimmers shine at Long Course Invitational

Many swimmers improved their best times in the long course, says Channel Cats coach

The Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club recently attended the Mallards Long Course Invitational held in Markham at the Pan AM Centre. Swimmers from the Bronze, Silver and Gold training groups participated in the meet.

This meet gave swimmers an opportunity to race in a 50-metre pool and for some to try to qualify for Huronia Long Course Regionals.

Jackson Denne, 11, and Peyton Nie, 14, both made the regional time in 50-metre freestyle. For other swimmers this meet was meant to compete in different events and to gain additional long course racing experience.

“We are in long course season, therefore swimmers who compete need to get in and practise racing in a 50-metre pool," said head coach Meredith Thompson-Edwards.

Chilyn Fenton, 16, just missed qualifying for Canadian Eastern Swimming Championships in the 50-metre butterfly by .01 seconds.

“Although she was disappointed, she did take a lot of time off her event which was great," said Thompson-Edwards.

“We had a lot of swimmers improve their best long course times which was great as this was our first long course meet for most of the swimmers in attendance," said coach Tatum Haslem. 

Swimmers who competed included:

  • Evangeline Cooke
  • Owen Wagner
  • Evan Wagner
  • Erik Vurma
  • Rachel Carr
  • Indiana Abram
  • Holly McCool
  • Owen McCool
  • Grier Kershaw
  • Marit Kershaw
  • Tristan Sekleski
  • Anna Holton
  • Nicolas Rainville
  • Mathieu Rainville
  • Alexander Baillie
  • Olivia LePage
  • Genevieve Loewen
  • Jakob Loewen
  • Esmee Rosati
  • Owen Rosati
  • Chloe Smith
  • Peyton Nie
  • Hayden Nie
  • Katie Heckendorn
  • Charlee Tillmanns
  • Jackson Denne
  • Chilyn Fenton
  • Hughie Edwards
  • Flora Haslem
  • Megan Widmer
  • Jack Dilawri
  • Grace Dilawri



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