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Orillia Channel Cats break seven club records in Markham

13-year-old Ariel McGee qualifies for Provincial Festivals
2018-12-05 Channel Cats Ariel McGee
Ariel McGee. Photo submitted by Orillia Channel Cats

The Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club recently competed at the 2018 Union Cup held in Markham at the Pan Am Centre. Forty-two swimmers from Orillia were in attendance.     

“We were rested for this meet so the expectation was to get up and swim fast. We had a lot of personal bests overall which was the plan," said Head Coach Meredith Thompson-Edwards.      

Seven club records were broken. Blythe Wieclawek (13) broke the 13/14 girls short course 100 Individual Medley (1:12.20) and long course 50 backstroke (33.43).  

Rowan Hart (17) broke the 15 and over male short course 50 metre breaststroke (31.69) and the long course (31.87) 50 metre breaststroke.

Grier Kershaw (17) broke the 15 and over male long course 100 metre breaststroke (1:11.18) and 200 metre breaststroke (2:34.17). Caleb Near (16) broke his own 50 metre backstroke long course record (27.92).       

Ariel McGee (13) qualified for Provincial Festivals in the 100 metre butterfly.

“Ariel’s goal was to make Festivals this meet, she stuck to the plan and achieved it,” added Thompson-Edwards.       

Swimmers in attendance include:
Katie Heckendorn    
Tess Mackenzie    
Meagan Mackenzie    
Eleanor Waite    
Peyton Nie    
Hannah Kennedy    
Grier Kershaw    
Marit Kershaw    
Rowan Hart    
Sayre Hart    
Tristan Sekleski    
Anna Holton    
Meghan Rogers    
Rachel Carr    
Caleb Near    
Grace Dilawri    
Jack Dilawri    
Indiana Abram    
Megan Widmer    
Olivia LePage     
Ava Holmgren    
Isabella Holmgren    
Ariel McGee    
Nathan McClinchey    
Owen Wagner    
Evan Wagner    
Jackson Denne    
Genevieve Loewen    
Jakob Loewen    
Kaitlyn Allin    
Donovan Allin    
Declan Allin    
Evangeline Cooke    
Matthew Gordon    
Emily Gordon    
Owen Rosati    
Esmee Rosati    
Holly McCool    
Owen McCool    
Hughie Edwards    
Blythe Wieclawek    
Adair Wieclawek