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Aquanauts hit the pool
Friday June 16, 2006
Lloydminster Meridian Booster
Shortly after finding the pool for their first meet of the year in Vermilion,
the Lloydminster Aquanauts found themselves back on top of the podium.
The club sent 16 swimmers down the Yellowhead Highway this past weekend and
they returned home with 33 personal bests, two gold medals, two silver medals,
and two bronze medals.
It was a marked improvement over their showing at last year’s Vermilion
meet and the club’s success as a whole was reflected with 429 total team
points – up from 348 last year despite sending 13 fewer swimmers.
“We wanted to have a strong start to our season and that was certainly
it,” said coach Tyler Totman. “Everyone swam well for the most part
and we even had a few surprises like Jeanna Siemens who was swimming in her first-ever
meet and ended up placing really well in both of her events.”
As far as individual highlights go, Jessica Kelly picked up where she left
off last year breaking four club records in Vermilion despite graduating into
a higher age bracket. Now swimming alongside 15 and 16-year-old girls, she posted
record times in the 50-metre freestyle, 50-metre butterfly, 100-metre butterfly
and 100-metre backstroke.
“The records are nice, but there’s definitely room for improvement,”
said Kelly, 15, who settled for silver in Vermilion. “I didn’t swim
my best times or anything and I still have my eye on a couple more (club) records,
so hopefully this weekend will be better.”
Kelly wasn’t the only Aquanaut rewriting their record book in Vermilion.
Cory Totman shattered a club record dating back to the 1980s in the boys’
17-and-over 100-metre backstroke, eclipsing the previous mark by almost five seconds
with a time of 1:09.24.
“I crushed a 20-some-year-old record, so it was pretty sweet,”
said Totman, whose efforts helped earn him a bronze medal at the meet. “We
all did amazing, we got a ton of new medals and lots of kids medalled for their
first time ever. It was the start we were looking for and now we have a lot to
build on for the rest of the year.”
Jonathan Smyth and Britt Wells accounted for the Aquanauts two gold medals
in Vermilion, as the top point getters among 17-and-over boys and eight-and-under
The Aquanauts will try to follow up their Vermilion performance this weekend
with 33 club members set to take the pool for their annual Father’s Day
Weekend Swim Meet. The event will run Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Leisure
Centre in Bud Miller Park.