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Orillia Channel Cats qualify for provincials, set personal bests

Local club also had highest number of 12-and-under swimmers qualify for Ontario Winter Festivals

Athletes from the Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club recently competed at provincial-level competitions.

Ontario Youth Junior (OYJ) Championships Long Course in Markham hosts 13-and-over swimmers who meet the qualifying standard in one or more events.

Taryn Fenton, 18, Adair Wieclawek, 15, and Kael Cresanto, 13, qualified for OYJ and raced quite well. Taryn Fenton qualified for finals in the 100-metre backstroke and placed sixth overall. She also raced 50-metre freestyle and 100-metre butterfly and was milliseconds from her personal best times. Adair Wieclawek competed in the 50-metre freestyle and 100-metre freestyle and posted personal best times in both events, placing 15th and 19th. Kael Cresanto competed in the 50-metre freestyle and improved his long-course time by a full second.

Ontario Winter Festivals hosted swimmers 12 and under who met the qualifying standards. This year the club had the highest number of qualifiers at 10.

Athletes in attendance and their results include:

Brady Bell, personal bests in 50-metre freestyle, 100-metre breaststroke and 400-metre freestyle.

Jace Black, personal bests in 100-metre backstroke, 200-metre freestyle and 50-metre backstroke, just missing the bronze medal, placing fourth.

Isabella Brown had personal bests in all four of her events: 50-metre freestyle, 100-metre backstroke, 100-metre freestyle and 200-metre individual medley.

Anna Crawley-Blauel had personal best times in 50-metre freestyle and 100-metre backstroke.

Harrison Levene had personal bests in all four of his events: 100-metre backstroke, 100-metre butterfly, 100-metre freestyle and 400-metre freestyle.

Mila Sekleski had a personal best in the 100-metre individual medley and the 50-metre butterfly.

Sophie Shivers set a new personal best in the 200-metre freestyle and the 100-metre breaststroke.

Riley Shore set a new personal best in the 200-metre freestyle and the 100-metre breaststroke.

Rydaar Watt set new personal bests in the 50-metre freestyle as well as 100-metre freestyle.

The 11 and 12 girls relay team including Brown, Shore, Shivers and Ava Fairgrieve did a great job racing and improving their entry times in the four-by-100-metre freestyle, four-by-50-metre medley, four-by-100-metre medley and four-by-50-metre freestyle relays.

“We are very proud of our swimmers’ efforts. They raced well and for most it was their first provincial-level meet. They handled it like pros,” says coach Tatum Haslem.



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