According to head coach Shauna Manning, the Kentville Marlins have their season off to a good start.
Acadia varsity swimmer Kayla Boudreau has signed on as assistant coach. Manning said Boudreau is “an awesome addition” to the team.
One challenge Manning and Boudreau have is the number of swimmers who have moved up to an older age group this year. These swimmers, Manning said, “have a new challenge, with longer events and a new age group.”
A total of 10 Marlins attended the first meet of the summer season, and 17 took part in the second meet at the season at the Waegwoltic club in Halifax.
Of the 17, 10 were participation swimmers.
“Seven of the 10 qualified for the 50 freestyle time, allowing them to swim the 100-metre Individual Medley later in the meet,” she said.
Five of the seven – Anneke Van Feggelen, Thelma Zaw, Katelyn Neary, Jordan Keddy and Olivia Reeves – achieved the qualifying standard and all moved out of participation and into age group swimming.
Olivia Reeves, in particular, had four top-six finishes in participation races – third in 50 free, fourth in 100 IM, fifth in 25 back and tied for sixth with teammate Katelyn Neary in 25 ’fly.
Emma Reeves and Sykora Cooper both made the qualifying standard for 50 freestyle, and just missed the 100 IM qualifying standard.
Luc Van Feggelen, Chelsea Neary and Caitlyn Cross also swam from the participation group and came close to the 50 freestyle qualifying time of 55 seconds.
“This is a group of swimmers who have worked extremely hard this season and were all motivated to reach the time standards,” Manning said, of 55 seconds for 50 free and 2:15 for 100 IM. “Both Kayla and myself are extremely proud of all the hard work they have put in.”
Haley Cross, who moved into the 13-14 age group this year, placed fourth in 50-metre breaststroke.
Isaac Payne, who moved up to 15-and-over, was third in 50 breast, sixth in 200 IM and seventh in 50 butterfly. Despite moving up in age, his times in 50 breast and 50 ’fly were close to his times at provincials last year.
Chantel Graves, one of the club’s veteran swimmers, was seventh in 50 breast and ninth in 200 IM.
Rachel Mader was sixth in 100 free, eighth in 50 ’fly and tenth in 100 back.
Kara Hartt-Wellwood, swimming in the 11-12 girls’ division this summer, had good results for her first meet in her new age group, placing fourth in 100 IM.
Sarah Zaw finished top-20 in all three of her races in the 11-12 group, including a 12th-place finish in 50 ’fly.