PICTOU — Members of the Pictou County Mariners Swim Team have qualified to compete this weekend at the Swim Nova Scotia Top 16 holiday countdown meet in Truro.
Fifteen Mariners swimmers who took part in an age group development meet last weekend in Halifax collectively achieved personal best times in 80 per cent of swims, and 14 of the swimmers are moving on to the meet that will start on Friday and end on Sunday.
A stand out achievement was made by Jami McDowell, whose first attempt at the 1500-metre freestyle swim resulted in the second fastest time ever for a female Mariners swimmer.
Coaches have noted that Mariners swimmers have been training hard this season, and this has paid off with significant time improvements.
The Mariners are positioned well to rank among the best of the small teams in the province.
The team has been active since 1979, while youth from across Pictou County have been training for life-long athleticism and learning the dynamics of team participation.
This season appears to be one of the strongest seasons that this team will have ever experienced.
Of the 56 registered swimmers, 34 are swimming at the NovaTech level, and 22 at Age Group level.
More new swimmers have joined and stayed with the team than it has experienced in many years, showing a high interest in aquatic sports.
Head coach Ed Stewart, Graham MacLeod and Kristie Stewart mentor the swimmers.
Mariners swimmers celebrated after learning they will be competing at the age group meet this weekend in Truro. They include Anna Hewey, Amelia Boudreau, Cailyn Sheehan, Autumn Burke, Jenna MacLeod, Jamie Scott-Barter, Sarah Scott-Barter, Aaron Day, Ian Stewart, Blayse Stevenson, Owen Chabassol, Mya Currie, Nora LeBlanc and Jami McDowell. (Submitted photo)