Clare swimmers finish with personal bests at provincials

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Les Aquadiens de Clare Nova Tech swimmers John Cameron, bottom left, Conner Robicheau, Maria LeBlanc, Brianne Comeau, top left, Mya Stuart, Rachel Cameron and Diane Saulnier (with the exception of Comeau) competed in the recent Nova Tech ‘Explosion’ Provincial Championships in Wolfville May 10-11.

By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

Diane Saulnier has qualified for the Age Group level in the Swim Nova Scotia program after finishing with personal bests at the recent Nova Tech ‘Explosion’ Provincial Championships.

Saulnier and five other swimmers from Les Aquadiens de Clare competed in ‘Explosion’ which is the culmination of five regional meets held throughout the season for the Nova Tech group.

The provincial meet was held at the Acadia University pool on May 10 and 11 and hosted by the Wolfville Tritons.

Coach Moira Brown said Saulnier finished with personal bests in all her events.

“Diane took a whopping 19 seconds off her 200 meter freestyle and that along with the seven seconds she shaved off her individual medley qualifies her for the Age Group level,” said Brown.

Saulnier will join team mates Joel Comeau and Anya Vanclief in receiving graduation certificates signed by Premier Stephen McNeil awarded to swimmers moving from Nova Tech to Age Group.

Comeau and Vanclief have already been swimming with the Age Group for part of the season and just need to receive their certificates.

Brown had high praise for the Clare Nova Tech swimmers and their personal bests.

“Connor Robicheau did exceptionally well taking almost 10 seconds off his 200m freestyle. That was huge for this 11 year old,” she said. “Mya Stuart did best times in her freestyle events, nearly matching Connor’s achievement taking eight seconds off her 200m freestyle.”

Rachel Cameron took over five seconds off her 50m backstroke as well as finishing the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly in a personal best.

John Cameron swam a personal best in his 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke and equalled his best time in the 50m backstroke.

Maria LeBlanc swam a personal best in the 50m backstroke, finished third in the 50m freestyle and fourth in the 50m butterfly.

John Cameron was fourth in the 50m breaststroke while Rachel Cameron was fifth in the 50m backstroke and ninth in the 50m freestyle.

Brown said she was proud of her young swimmers and how well they competed in spite of being a bit overwhelmed by the large number of athletes participating in the provincial championships.

“It has been an excellent year for novice swimmers and I would like to encourage youngsters to get involved in the up and coming swim club,” she said.

Organizations: Nova Tech, Acadia University, Wolfville Tritons

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