Spartans swim to success at provincial meets

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AMHERST - Members of the Cumberland Spartans Swim Club recently travelled to Halifax for two provincial level competitions.
Five Spartan swimmers competed at the Metro Invitational in early January at the Dalplex.
Spartan coach Jan Matthews said there were more than 400 swimmers gathered to compete in this high-energy, double-ended meet.
"There was university swimmers competing at both meets we attended," Matthews said, "but at the Metro Invitational we saw the full Dalhousie swim team, which certainly raises the level of competition for the older swimmers."
Emily Matthews qualified for five finals; earning top ten finishes in four events.
She earned new best times in both the 100- and 200-metre backstroke events and collected place ribbons for her efforts in the 50 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
With a strong showing in the preliminary sessions, Hannah Thompson returned to the pool for the 50 backstroke final.
Justin Court and Shane Dove-Blagdon also qualified for a final swim each.
Dove-Blagdon also recorded personal bests in the 50 freestyle and the 50 and 200 events.
Emily Rossong earned best time ribbons with four of her swims, including the 50 free, 50 back, 50 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke events.
"The finals in the 15 and over age group were dominated by the Dalhousie swimmers," Matthews said. "This, combined with the number of swimmers in attendance, made it quite an accomplishment to go through to the finals sessions."
The Spartans also recently travelled to Halifax for yhe Team Champs competition.
"It was an open meet without separation by age groups," Matthews said.
Each swimmer was competing for a spot in one of the three finals for each event.
The Spartans entered three athletes in the competition.
Matthews qualified for finals with all her swims, while Thompson added final swims in the 50 and 100 backstroke events.
Sarah Gloade and Thompson recorded best times in the 50m back event.
Matthews and Thompson also recorded personal bests with their 200 individual medley swims.

Organizations: Metro Invitational, Cumberland Spartans Swim Club, Dalplex

Geographic location: Halifax, AMHERST

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