Swimmers reap rewards at provincials

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Spartans also win close contests in team events, taking top spot in two relays

PORT HAWKESBURY - Eight Spartans earned an assortment of awards at the junior provincial swimming championships last weekend.
"It was a busy weekend for each of the swimmers," coach Jan Matthews said.
"There were four sessions in the pool, beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday at noon. Each swimmer made every swim count, and they all earned awards for their efforts. Six swimmers recorded personal best times in all of their events."
The combined performance for the championships included 14 medals for individual and relay events, numerous place ribbons and top ten finishes and almost thirty personal best swims.
Hannah Thompson collected medals in all her events, swimming to gold in the 50- and 200-metre freestyle, and the 100 and 200 backstroke events.
Thompson was edged out of her fifth gold in the 100 freestyle by 0.14 seconds and settled for silver.
She recorded new personal bests in all her events.
Marcus Kindervater also swam all best times as he earned a gold medal in the 50 breaststroke and collected silver medals in the 200 backstroke and the 200 and 400 individual medley events.
Kindervater placed fifth in the 50 freestyle.
Sarah Gloade collected bronze medals for her efforts in the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 200 backstroke events.
Gloade added a fourth-place ribbon in the 200 individual medley and placed sixth in the 100 breaststroke.
Competing at her first meet, Marley Pugsley placed in the top eight for all her swims, collecting a sixth-place ribbon in the 50 freestyle. Pugsley recorded best times in all her events.
Sarah Hillier had three top-10 finishes, including seventh in the 100 backstroke, eighth in the 200 breaststroke and 10th in the 100 breaststroke.
Thompson, Gloade, Pugsley and Hillier combined forces to dominate the 15-and-older relay events.
They collected gold on Saturday in the 200 medley relay and then repeated their success to win gold in the 200 freestyle relay during the final session Sunday.
Meagan Kindervater qualified for finals and collected a fifth-place ribbon in the 50 free. She placed in the top 10 in the 50 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley and breaststroke events.
Emily Rossong swam to eighth place in the 200 breaststroke event.
Hannah Melanson, Kindervater and Rossong received best-time ribbons for their efforts in all of their events.
The Spartans train most afternoons at the Cumberland YMCA.

Geographic location: PORT HAWKESBURY

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