© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Standing in front of their home pool at the YMCA, Spartans swimmers (from left) Abbie Smith, Kaitlin Baker and Daphne Fawthrop display the ribbons they won at a long course meet over the weekend in Halifax. Missing from photo is Jonathan Rogers of Oxford.
AMHERST – The first thing swimmers notice about a long course pool is that it’s so long.
For three of the four swimmers attending the season’s first long course meet in Halifax, last weekend marked their first experience of competing in a 50-metre pool.
“We don’t have the opportunity to train in a long course pool,” said coach Jan Matthews. “So these swimmers had to rise to the challenge of longer sustained swims and competing at a higher level.
“They may have been surprised at how well they swam, but I was confident that they would bring their best to each event. Which they did.”
Junior age group swimmers Abbie Smith and Daphne Fawthrop recorded personal best times in all of their events.
Smith swam the 50-metre free, 50-metre breaststroke, 200-metre free and 200-metre individual medley.
Fawthrop competed in the 50-metre and 200-metre freestyle, and the 50-metre and 200-metre breaststroke events.
Senior level swimmer Kaitlin Baker also earned best times for each of her swims. She swam to sixth place in the 50-metre backstroke and 100-metre freestyle events
Also competing at the senior level, Jonathan Rogers earned personal bests in the 50-metre free and 100-metre backstroke and swam to a top ten finish in the 50-metre breaststroke event.
The Spartans are now preparing for the provincial championships at the end of May.