PICTOU — Members of the Pictou County Mariners Swim Team are preparing for a busy schedule as they continue their 2018-19 season.
Head coach Ed Stewart said he’s pleased with the swimmers’ performances so far this season. He cited the number of personal best times swimmers have recorded so far this season, which started in September and ends in early July.
“We’re looking forward to the next part of the season,” he said. “I’m really happy with how the recruiting went this season. We have a higher percentage of personal best times than I can remember. It has been phenomenal.”
Stewart also noted the number of Mariners who qualified to compete from December 7 to 9 at the Swim Nova Scotia Top 16 holiday countdown meet in Truro and highlighted some of their achievements.
Sarah Scott-Barter and Ian Stewart were the Mariners’ highest point scorers, while 14 of 15 Mariners who competed in the fall series qualified for the meet.
Jami McDowell, Aaron Day, Ian Stewart, Sarah Scott-Barter and Jamie Scott-Barter qualified for the finals in Truro.
McDowell recorded the second fastest time ever for a female Mariner swimmer in a 1,500-metre freestyle swim.
Day, Anna Hewey, Ian Stewart, Sarah Scott-Barter and Jamie Scott-Barter had top three performances.
The Mariners swim team is a non-profit organization that relies on membership fees that are used primarily to pay pool rental for practices, member registration with Swim Nova Scotia, coaching fees and equipment.
The Mariners have begun reaching out to organizations to raise funds to purchase their own timing set to bring the team up to provincial standards when it hosts a swim meet in February.
The estimated cost of the equipment is $2,300.
The team will mark 40 years since it was formed in 1979 and has been buoyed by an increased membership this season.
Of its 56 members, 34 are swimming at the NovaTech level, and 22 at Age Group level.
From left: Anna Hewey, Jaime Scott-Barter, Jenna MacLeod and Nora LeBlanc have performed well for the Pictou County Mariners Swim Team. (Goodwin photo)