Mariners shine at AA spring swim meet


PICTOU – The small but mighty Pictou County Mariners were a strong force at the recent AA Spring Championships in Antigonish.

Eight of the eleven athletes secured top six placings, while the entire team represented as either a finalist or an alternate and all swimmers contributed to maintaining an 80 per cent personal best rate over the course of the three-day meet that ended on June 9.

Owen Chabassol and Mael Gonclaves achieved AAA qualifying times and are eligible to compete in the Ken Dunn championships next month.

Chabassol won his 100-metre butterfly, was third in his 100-metre breaststroke race and 50-metre butterfly races, fourth in 200-metre breast and 200-metre individual medley, fifth in  200-metre freestyle and recorded nine personal best times.

Gonclaves  won his 50-metre backstroke and 50-metre butterfly races. He was second in 200-metre freestyle, third in 50-metre freestyle, fourth in 100-metre butterflyand had seven personal besttimes.

Amelia Boudreau qualified in her 400-metre freestyle race. She recorded six personal best times and qualified as an alternate in 50-metre and 200-metre backstroke.

Autumn Burke was second in her 1,500-metre freestyle race, was third in 800-metre freestyle and sixth in 50-metre and 400-metre freestyle. She compiled four personal best times.

Luke MacLean placed third in 50-metre backstroke, sixth in 100-metre freestyle and 100-metre backstroke and had six personal best times, while Jacob Whitehead was second in his 400-metre IM and 50-metre butterfly and had five personal best times.

Hannah Christmas was sixth in 100-metre butterfly and compiled four personal best times, while Ellie Clarke became an alternate 200-metre breaststroke and had four personal bests and Mya Currie was sixth in her 1,500-metre freestyle race and had six personalbests.

Nora LeBlanc advanced as an alternate in 200-metre breaststroke and 100-metre breaststroke with one personal best time, while Cailyn Sheehan was sixth in her100-metre breaststroke event.

From left: Mariners swimmers Autumn Burke, Luke MacLean, Mya Currie, Amelia Boudreau warm up before session. (Submitted photo)