Spartans step out of comfort zone at provincial swim meet

Published on April 11, 2014
Spartans Swim Club swimmers recently took the plunge into a deeper pool at Dalhousie University and surfaced with impressive results. The six Spartan swimmers who competed at Dal were: (front, from left) Lexie Ott, George Clark, (back, from left) Katelyn MacNeil, Kaitlin Baker, Jonathan Rogers and Daphne Fawthrop.
Dave Mathieson - Cumberland News Now

HALIFAX – There are different steps in a swimmer’s career and some can seem much longer than others.

That was the case for six members of the Spartans Swim Club who recently took the plunge into a bigger pool at Dalhousie University and came out with impressive results.

“Swimming in a long course, or 50-metre, pool can be intimidating and the Dal pool is certainly a larger venue than we’re used to,” said Spartans coach Jan Matthews. “Competing long course is a progression in a swimmer’s development and not everyone chooses that challenge.

“This was a very busy and competitive meet that included all levels of Nova Scotia age group swimming,” added Matthews. “It was a challenge for these swimmers to step outside their comfort zone and it is impressive that they recorded personal bests in almost every event. Their commitment to their swimming really stood out.”

Daphne Fawthrop and George Clark each collected an eighth place ribbon in the 50-metre freestyle. They also earned best time awards for all of their swims.

The next day the older swimmers competed against some of the top swimmers in the province.

Katelyn MacNeil swam to sixth place in the 50-metre breaststroke and tenth in the 100-metre breaststroke. She recorded personal bests in each of her events.

Jonathan Rogers finished eighth in the 50-metre backstroke and earned personal bests in four of his events.

Kaitlin Baker and Lexie Ott both recorded best times in all of their events.

The Spartans continue their training towards another long course meet in early May.