Members of the Kentville Marlins Swim Club competed at home Aug. 2
The pool at Kentville’s Memorial Park was the scene of non-stop action Aug. 2 as hundreds of swimmers took part in the Kentville Marlin’s annual summer swim meet.
Just over 400 swimmers, between the ages of 6 and 18, from 15 swim clubs across Nova Scotia were registered for the meet, which offered a variety of competitive and participation events including freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, individual medleys and relays. The host Kentville Marlins were represented by 27 participants, 18 of whom swam competitively. All swimmers took part in three events.
Marlin’s president Joe Cross said the club’s annual swim meet is an opportunity for competitive level swimmers to go head to head with swimmers from other clubs and for novice swimmers to get a taste of competition.
“This may be the first participation event for many of these kids. It’s a chance to see what competition is all about.”
The Marlins club has a membership of between 35 and 40 swimmers. From November to June they train once a week at the pool at the Nova Scotia Youth Centre in Waterville. During the summer months they train 12 times a week at Kentville’s outdoor pool.
Cross acknowledged swim meets can’t happen without the volunteer efforts of club parents and friends who serve as timers and marshalls and help organize the canteen and other fundraising initiatives, which help keep club registration fees low.
“Competitions are a joint venture between clubs. We all help each other throughout the competition season,” said Cross.
Coach Shauna Manning said the club has a very “family-friendly” atmosphere.
“Kids can choose to swim competitively and if they don’t want to, that’s fine, too.”
But in all cases, Manning, who is assisted by Kayla Boudreau, encourages swimmers to do their best.
“As coaches we want them to achieve their best times in all of their swims.”
Kentville Marlins with top five finishes Aug. 2 included Haley Cross, third in 13-14 girls 50 yard backstroke and Sarah Zaw, second in 11-12 girls 100 yard IM.
Chantal Graves, 15, placed fifth in the 15 plus 50 yard breast stroke and third in the 15 plus 100 yard backstroke.
Brother Isaac and Ethan Payne, aged 15 and 17 respectively, also had multiple top finishes. Isaac placed second in the 15 plus 50 yard breast stroke and 50 yard butterfly and third in 200 yard IM. Ethan was second the 15 plus 100 yard backstroke, third in the 15 plus 50 yard fly and fourth in the 15 plus 100 yard freestyle.
Swimmers' combined scores landed the Marlins a fifth place club finish at the end of the day.
The meet, the sixth of the summer in the Swim Nova Scotia event calendar, was the final competitive event leading up to provincials, being held Aug. 16 in Bedford.