Madison Johnstone swims a heat. She placed sixth in the girls 15 and over 50y breaststroke, 10th for the girls 15 and over 100y freestyle and 11th for the girls 15 and over 50m butterfly.
Isaac Payne had a first-place finish Aug. 4 when the Kentville Marlins hosted a meet at home in the Memorial Park Pool.
Competitors from across the province competed, with 29 of the 39 Marlins hitting the water at the event.
Payne, 14, had a great meet, says head coach Shauna Manning, with a first place finish in the boys 13-14 50-yard breaststroke, fourth in the boys 13-14 50 y butterfly and fourth in the 200 yard IM.
Chantel Graves, 16, placed fourth in the girls 15 and over 50 y breaststroke, fourth in the 100 y backstroke and sixth in the 200 y IM. Madison Johnstone, who also competed in the girls 15 and over 50 y breaststroke, placed sixth in that event, 10th in the girls 15 and over 100 y freestyle and 11th in the girls 15 and over 50 m butterfly.
Danielle Dawson swam 11th in the girls 15 and over 50 y breaststroke, a personal best for her.
Dominique Dawson, 18, is swimming her last season with the Marlins. She placed 11th in the girls 15 and over 200 y freestyle and 11th in the girls 100 m backstroke.
Noah Graves, 15, placed fourth in the boys 15 and over 100 y freestyle.
Kara Hartt-Wellwood, 10, placed third in the girls 10 and under 25 y butterfly, ninth in the girls 10 and under 25 y backstroke and eighth in the girls 100 y IM.
Ten-year-old Emma Jane Hockley had an 11th-place finish in the girls 10 and under 25 y butterfly, 13th in the girls 10 and under 25 y backstroke and fifth in the girls 100 y IM.
Fran Domingo placed sixth in the girls 11-12 50 y butterfly and 10th in the girls 11-12 backstroke. Sarah Zaw, meanwhile, had a personal best and placed 10th in the girls 10 and under 50 y butterfly.
Alicia Edens, 12, placed 11th in the girls 11-12 50 y butterfly, ninth in the girls 11-12 50 y backstroke and 10th in the girls 11-12 200 y IM. Haley Cross was 15th in the girls 11-12 50 y butterfly, seventh in the girls 50 y backstroke and seventh in the girls 11-12 200 y IM.
“Sylvie Lloyd and Emily Warren both swam a great 50 fly, both getting best times in the event,” said Manning. “I am very proud of both of these girls this season. Emily just graduated out of participation this season and has been moved to a faster and more challenging group and she is doing very well. She went from swimming 25's to wanting to and swimming the 400 free. Sylvie has shown so much improvement last year and I am very proud of how well she has done. She missed qualifying times for the 10 and under category last year and this year she has made the qualifying times for 11 and 12.”
Thirteen participation swimmers also took part in the meet.
Nine Marlins travelled to a meet in Cole Harbour on Aug. 3, with Graves having a strong showing, with a fourth-place finish in the girls 15 and over 50 metre backstroke, third in the girls 15 and over 400 m freestyle and 11th in the girls 100 m breaststroke.
“Chantal swam great at the meet and is in a great position to perform well at provincials, Aug. 16-18 at Dalplex in Halifax,” added Manning.
Harrt-Wellwood had top 10 finishes in all her swims, which will see her ranked in the top 10 in some of her events heading into provincials, Manning said. Her performance included a fourth-place finish in the 10 and under 25 m freestyle, sixth in the 10 and under 25 m breaststroke and seventh in the 10 and under 200 m freestyle.
Hockely placed first in the girls 10 and under 25 m breastroke and sixth in the 10 and under 100 m freestyle.
“Emma Jane is a very good swimmer and has been wanting that top spot in the breaststroke this whole season, so it is good to see her hard work and determination got her there,” said Manning. “I am sure she can continue her motivation to provincials and hopefully get another first place in the 25m breaststroke.”
Edens and Domingo both had best times at the meet, while four participation swimmers – Robin Domingo, Drew Hockley, Jordan Keddy and Katelyn Neary – all placed. The event also saw two participation swimmers, Luc and Anneka VanFeggeler, swim their first meet with the team.
See a slideshow of photos from the meet HERE.