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Spartans shine at first 2018 meet

Lauren Millard (left) and Olivia Bacon had a successful showing for the Cumberland Spartans at their first age group meet of the year in Greenwood recently.
Lauren Millard (left) and Olivia Bacon had a successful showing for the Cumberland Spartans at their first age group meet of the year in Greenwood recently. - Andrew Wagstaff

Personal bests in backstroke, breaststroke

GREENWOOD, N.S. - Two Cumberland Spartans swimmers tested the waters at the first age group meet of 2018 when they traveled to Greenwood to compete at a multi-day meet.

"The first competition in January can be challenging for the swimmers," commented coach Jan Matthews. "The Christmas holidays also means a break in training, which will impact any athlete's progress. It's a good time to rest, rejuvenate and refocus, but can also impact a swimmer's times in the pool."

Olivia Bacon recorded personal best times in the 200m backstroke and 50m breaststroke.

Lauren Millard maintained her times and standings while adding a new personal best in the 50m backstroke.

"They usually regain momentum during winter training,” said Matthews. “The important thing is to recognize that they are establishing a baseline following the fall, and to move forward from there."

The Spartans continue their training towards the Juniors competition in mid-February

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