© John DeCoste
Haley Cross, one of several Kentville Marlins to move to an older age division this year, has her season off to a strong start. Cross, swimming in the 13-14 girls’ division this year, had a fourth-place finish in breaststroke at a July 12 meet. - John DeCoste, www.kingscountynews.ca
A smaller-than-normal turnout of Kentville Marlins attended a July 26 meet hosted by the Colby Sailfish.
Absent several of their older and more experienced swimmers, the Marlins instead looked to some of their younger, up-and-coming members for results.
Haley Cross, 13, who has had a breakout season so far in 2014, placed fifth overall in 100 breaststroke, sixth in 200 freestyle and 12th in 50 backstroke.
Danielle Dawson, 17, cracked the top-10 in 100 breaststroke with a tenth-place finish. Sarah Zaw, 12, was 11th in 400 freestyle and 12th in 50 free, and Alicia Edens, 13, was 13th in 200 free.
In participation events, Drew Hockley, nine, swam to second place in 25-metre freestyle. John Van Luxemborg, 13, was third in 25 free, and Luc Van Feggelen, nine, was 10th overall in 25 breast.
As a team, the Marlins recorded 34 points for top finishes, good for 12th place out of 14 participating teams.
The Marlins host meet is set for tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Kentville Pool, with warm-ups beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the meet proper set to start at 9.
Competition will take place in 50-metre breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 25 and 50-metre butterfly, 25, 50 and 100 backstroke and 100 and 200 IM, and a 200-metre freestyle relay. There will also be five mixed participation races through the day.
Other than a fun meet Aug. 9 at St. Margaret’s Bay, the Aug. 2 meet is the final one for summer swimmers prior to provincials set for Aug. 15-17 in Bedford.