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Orillia teen qualifies for Ontario Youth Junior Championship

Many Channel Cats swimmers had impressive results at event in Orangeville, which was the final competition for Cats leader Peyton Nie

The Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club recently competed at the Orangeville Launch into Long Course Invitational held at the Markham Pan Am Centre.

Swimmers from senior novice, bronze, silver and gold training groups were in attendance.

Anna Holton, 15, qualified for Ontario Youth Junior Championships in the 100 butterfly and Adair Wieclawek, 13, qualified for Ontario Festival Championships in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke.

Blythe Wieclawek, 17, made another Eastern Canadian Swimming Championship standard in the 50 breaststroke and broke the 15 and over girls long course club record (35.29).

Swimmers who placed within the top 10 in their respective age group in one or more events include: Indiana Abram, Nadine Ackert, Maelle Bouchard, Evangeline Cooke, Taryn Fenton, Ava Fairgrieve, Katie Heckendorn, Grace Hunter, Anna Holton, Olivia LePage, Arabella McFarland, Maelle Mooney, Hayden Nie, Fedor Radzievskii, Adair Wieclawek, Blythe Wieclawek and Reid Wolf-Hambsch.

Swimmers who also competed and raced personal best times include: Kaitlyn Allin, Boyd Brown, Peyton Nie, Niko Plett, Ayan Rau and Anna Vurma.

Long-time Channel Cat member Peyton Nie competed in her last meet as a club swimmer. She is heading into her post-secondary education in the fall and plans to train and compete as a varsity athlete.

“Peyton will be truly missed as she has developed into a very positive teammate and leader over the years, always cheering for her teammates and giving all members of our club encouragement and support when needed," says head coach Meredith Thompson-Edwards. “We wish her nothing but success as she embarks on her post-secondary education this fall.”