The Pictou County Mariners recently participated in the first long-course swim meet of the 2009-10 season.
This meet was hosted at the Centennial Pool in Halifax. The Mariners sent 10 athletes to represent them at this event, in which eight were participating for their first time in a long-course event. Long-course is when an event takes place in a 50m pool as opposed to a 25m pool for short-course.
Coach Tara Fanning was pleased with the results of her team’s debut. The results included five top eight finishes among four swimmers. Kristin MacKinnon (13-14 Girls) finished second in the 200 backstroke, and sixth in the 50 backstroke. Ryan Bell (15 & over Girls) finished sixth in the 50 free. Lauren Quann (12 & Under Girls) finished sixth in the 200 butterfly, and Justin MacDonnell (12 & Under Boys) finished eighth in the 50 butterfly. All swimmers achieved personal best times at the meet. Also representing the club at the meet were Katie Tetrault, Brittany Lodge, Timothy Ferris, Shania Wong, Victoria MacKenzie and Mac Murray.
For MacDonnell, Tetrault and Murray, it was the first time swimming at an age group meet. To reach this level they had to achieve a qualifying time at their last Nova Tech competition.
“Not only that, but they had to swim it long course,” Fanning said. “They’re going from a one-day meet to a two-day meet format. It’s much longer times at the pool. Normally it’s one session. They were there for three sessions, so they were there for two and a half days.”
The long-course pool is twice the length of the Fisheries Training Pool that the Mariners practise in at Pictou.
“That’s pretty daunting for them starting out,” Fanning said.
The team will continue their training focus for the upcoming May Long-Course meet at Dalplex, while the younger Nova Tech athletes prepare for this weekend’s meet, hosted by the Mariners, at the Fisheries Training Pool.
About 60 swimmers from across northern Nova Scotia are expected to participate in that meet.