Five local swimmers got some invaluable national experience when they attended the Canadian Age Group Championships in Winnipeg.
Wolfville Tritons Sam Adams, Eveline Choquette and Benjamin Henger, along with Acadia swimmers Patrick Henger (a former Triton) and Collin Reynolds, attended the meet and swam under the Tritons’ banner.
Top-10 finishes and even second swims were few and far-between for the Wolfville contingent, but a number of new personal best times were recorded, not to mention the chance to swim at a level these swimmers simply don’t experience every day.
Adams, 14, cracked the top-10 in the 50-metre butterfly, earning a second swim with a time of 28.28 in the preliminaries, then swimming 27.78 in the final en route to a seventh-place finish overall.
The 50 ’fly was the only event in which Adams made a second swim. He was 10th in the prelims in 50 breaststroke, 13th in 200 breast, 18th in both 50 back and 200 breast, and 21st in 100 free. Three of his times represented new personal bests.
Choquette, 15, swam seven events in all; her top results were 12th in the prelims in 200 breast and 14th in 100 ’fly. Choquette recorded four new personal best times.
Benjamin Henger, 16, made the finals in a pair of relay races. He was ninth in the preliminaries in 50 back, tenth in 50 ’fly, 11th in 100 ’fly and 12th in 100 back.
In all, Henger swam new personal best times in five of his races, including the lead times in both the 100-metre freestyle and medley relays.
Patrick Henger, his 18-year-old older brother, swam in five events and recorded three new personal bests. His top result was 13th in the prelims in 100 ’fly.
Reynolds, who, like Patrick Henger, will enter his second year at Acadia this fall, swam finals in two events, the 800 and 1,500 m freestyle, in which there are normally no preliminaries due to their distances.
Reynolds was 17th in 800 free and 19th overall in 1,500 free. He improved his best time in the 400 IM by 10.71 seconds, and in the 400 free by 18.77 seconds.