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Break no problem for Aquanauts

By Scott Cameron
Booster Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 11, 2001

For a handful of Lloydminster Aquanauts, this past weekend's meet in Wainwright was their first race action in 14 days.

A pretty lengthy lay-off, considering the stage of the swimming season in which the Aquanauts are in.

However, for the majority of the club - those that didn't attend Edmonton's Royal Glenora meet at the end of June - the last swim meet was way back on June 16th, when they hosted their invitational meet at the Leisure Centre.

The time away from competitive waters certainly didn't scare Aquanauts head coach Colleen Parker.

If anything, she was more prepared for Wainwright thanks to the break.

"I wasn't (concerned)," she said. "I just thought it would be some more time to concentrate on the things we needed to work on, like our finishes, our starts and getting our endurance back up."

While the nine-team meet featured a handful of clubs the Aquanauts had yet to see, the results were similar to previous weekends.

The Aquanauts finished in forth place overall, capturing eight aggregate medals with their 22 swimmer contingent.

Youngster Renee Neufeld won the six-and-under girls bronze medal while Brock Chisholm captured his first aggregate, a silver in the eight-and-under boys division.

Jessica Kelly and Amy Edwards continued to dominate the nine and ten-year-old girls podium, swimming to gold and bronze medals respectively.

Cory Chisholm won the nine and ten-year-old boys gold aggregate, while Mitch Kelly medalled for his third straight meet, winning the 11 and 12-year-old boys bronze.

The two teenage medals came from Jonathan Smyth and Robin Hnatuk who picked up a silver in the 13 and 14-year-old boys and 15 and 16-year-old girls respectively.

It wasn't the largest medal haul for the Aquanauts, but then again, medals aren't the driving factor - times are.

That was why Parker left Wainwright with a smile on her face.

"Every (Lloydminster) swimmer had at least two best times out of the meet," she said. "So, it was a good result."

The Aquanauts next action is this coming weekend as seven swimmers travel to Camrose.

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