Spartans make their mark at Charlottetown meet

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Spartans Swim Club swimmers won several ribbons and recorded best times in Charlottetown recently. Spartan swimmers making the trip were: (front) John Adams, (back, from left) Katelyn MacNeil, Daphne Fawthrop and Jonathan Rogers. Missing from photo is Lindsay Jurcina. 

CHARLOTTETOWN – Five Spartans swimmers made waves when they crossed the Northumberland Strait in December for a development meet hosted by the Charlottetown Bluephins.

“The timing of this meet fit very well with this year's season,” said Jan Matthews, Spartans coach. “It was October before the club was back in the pool full time, and so a competitive opportunity allowed them to feel the full benefit of their training.”

Katelyn MacNeil swept her events, placing first in the 50-metre backstroke, 200-metre individual medley and 200-metre breaststroke events, recording personal bests with her backstroke and breaststroke swims.

Jonathan Rogers recorded two best times and placed third in the 100-metre IM, fourth in the 50-metre breaststroke and fifth in the 50-metre free events.

Daphne Fawthrop swam three personal bests, placing sixth in the 200-metre IM and seventh in the 50-metre breaststroke.

New swimmers Lindsay Jurcina and John Adams each swam three events, with Jurcina recording a best time in the 100-metre IM.

“Attending out-of-province meets creates a different competitive experience for our younger swimmers,” said Matthews. “The Nova Tech program offered in Nova Scotia separates developing swimmers from the age group competitors, so in many ways our two newer swimmers found themselves swimming in a much bigger pool.”

The Spartans train four days a week at the Cumberland YMCA.

Organizations: Charlottetown Bluephins, Nova Tech

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Nova Scotia

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