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Spartans swimmers stand in front of their home pool at the Cumberland YMCA with fistfuls of ribbons they won at the Tech Explosion meet in Halifax over the weekend. The Spartans are: (from left) Ella McGuigan, Jake Adams, John Adams and George Clark (front).
HALIFAX – When there’s an explosion, there’s often a bang, and for the group of young swimmers attending the Nova Tech Explosion meet over the weekend in Halifax, it meant finishing their swim year in a big way.
“Nova Tech is a developmental swim program in Nova Scotia,” said Spartans coach Manson Gloade. “Participating swimmers are introduced to the fundamentals of competitive swimming in a fun, supportive way.”
During the season, the Nova Tech meets are regionally based, so are smaller and shorter in duration.
“The Explosion is the provincial championship for this level of swimming and brings together young swimmers from across the province,” said Gloade. “This was a huge meet and the first multi-day competition for our swimmers.”
The swimmers finished with several best time awards and top ten finishes.
“This shows how well they rose to the challenge and brought their best to the pool.”
Jake Adams recorded personal bests in all six of his events and earned three top ten finishes, placing sixth in the 50-metre backstroke and ninth in the 50-metre and 200-metre free events.
He met the qualifying times for graduation from Nova Tech to the next level of provincial swimming.
Competing at the introductory level, Lindsay Jurcina earned four best times, placing third in the 25-metre fly and tenth in the 100-metre Individual Medley.
Ella McGuigan also collected four personal bests with strong performances in the 50-metre backstroke, the 50-metre breaststroke, 50-metre butterfly and 200-metre IM.
George Clark recorded best times in the 50-metre backstroke, the 200-metre freestyle and the 200-metre IM.
John Adams received personal best awards for his efforts in the 25-metre breaststroke, the 25-metre butterfly and the 50-metre kick events.
The Adams brothers, McGuigan and Clark represented the Spartans in the 4 x 25-metre freestyle relay, while Jurcina joined another team to participate in that event.
The Explosion marks the end of the Nova Tech competitive swimming for this season.
Coaches and members of the Spartans thank the Cumberland YMCA for their ongoing support of the swim team.