Kentville Marlins seeded well entering summer swim provincials

John Decoste
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Chantel Graves of the Kentville Marlins is seeded first in 200 IM entering summer swim provincials this weekend in Bedford.

The Swim Nova Scotia summer swim provincials are set for this weekend, Aug. 17-19 in Bedford, and the Kentville Marlins will have 20 swimmers in the field.

One indication of how far the Marlins have come this summer is the number of Kentville swimmers in the top-10 in the pre-meet seedings for the various events released Monday, Aug. 11.

“We are looking forward to provincials this year,” Marlins’ head coach Shauna Manning said Aug. 11. “We will have 20 swimmers attending, including several who are ranked really well.”

Manning made particular mention of Chantel Graves, 17, who enters the meet ranked first overall in 200 IM for 17-18 girls.

Among all 15-and-over female swimmers, Graves is fifth in 50-metre breaststroke, sixth in 100 breast and tenth in 200 IM.

Manning explained the 15-16 and 17-18 age groups are “swum together but scored separately.” The 400 freestyle is swum by time but scored according to age.

Manning is also expecting good results from Isaac Payne, 15, who is seeded third among 15-and-over boys in 50 breast, fourth in 100 breast, sixth in 200 IM, seventh in 100 butterfly and ninth in 50 ’fly.

Ethan Payne, 17, could end up with as many as four top-10 finishes. He enters the meet seeded eighth in 50 back, ninth in 50 free and 100 back, and tenth in 50 ’fly.

Other Marlins with top-10 pre-meet seedings included Haley Cross, 13, fifth in 100 breast and seventh in 50 breast; Rachel Mader, 16, seventh in 50 ’fly and ninth in 100 free; Sarah Zaw, 12, ninth in 50 ’fly; John Van Luxemborg, 13, ninth in 50 back; and Jordan Keddy, 10, ninth in 25 breast.

In the participation category, Drew Hockley, 9, is seeded third overall in mixed 25 breaststroke. Sykora Cooper, 13, is ranked sixth in mixed 50 free and seventh in mixed 100 IM. 

Several Marlins’ relay teams are also ranked in the top-10, including the 15-and-over girls’ 200 freestyle relay team of Graves, Mader, Danielle Dawson and Emily Warren which are ranked seventh.

Olivia Reeves, Alicia Edens, Cross and Emma Reeves are seeded eighth in 13-14 girls’ 200 medley relay. Sarah Zaw, Emma-Jane Hockley, Kara Hartt-Wellwood and Katelyn Neary are ranked eighth in 11-12 girls’ 200 medley relay, and the same four, swimming in a different order, are ranked eighth in 11-12 girls’ 200 freestyle relay.

Manning said both she and assistant coach Kayla Boudreau were really looking forward to provincials. “We’re both really excited to see all the hard work our swimmers have put in this season pay off,” Manning said.

Geographic location: Bedford

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