Island swimmers set provincial marks at invitational swim meet in Quebec
© Guardian Photo By Jason Malloy
Charlottetown Bluephins teammates Alison MacEachern, left, and Sarah Williams were part of a strong provincial team that competed over the weekend in Quebec.
Prince Edward Island swimmers smashed the provincial record book over the weekend in Montreal.
A dozen new records were set as Team P.E.I. competed at the Pointe-Claire Invitational with more than 600 swimmers from Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
Alison MacEachern set new records in the 100m fly, 200m fly and 200m IM.
“It’s exciting,” the 16-year-old Charlottetown resident said Tuesday. “It feels good because some of them were from a lot of years ago.”
She hopes the performance sets her, and the team, up for a strong 2012-13.
“It’s nice to break them this early in the season,” she said. “It shows that this year is (hopefully) going to keep getting better.”
Sarah Williams set a pair of backstroke records, but said she doesn’t enter competitions with that on her mind.
“You just try to go do your best and get (personal) best times,” said the 15-year-old Stratford resident.
More than 80 per cent of the 25-member P.E.I. team’s swims were personal bests at the four-day competition, which was used as a test event for the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que.
“I believe it was the province’s most successful provincial team competition to date,” said P.E.I. Canada Games head coach William Calhoun. “The coaching staff and the team was pumped up every session by the results being posted. Coming away with so many medals and provincial records shows that we will be very competitive in Sherbrooke in August.”
Zach Doiron also broke three provincial records while Evan Tynski set two and Jacqueline McQuaid and Joseph Sulaiman each set one.
Thirteen swimmers brought home 31 individual medals and two teams won relay gold medals.
In comparison, the provincial team a year ago brought home 23 medals at a similar competition in Quebec City.
“This was a huge opportunity for our swimmers to test themselves against some high-calibre swimmers from across Canada,” Calhoun said. “I am very pleased with the team and their performance in the pool.”
It also may have put P.E.I. swimmers on the map with their counterparts from other provinces.
“We were talking to people who had no idea where P.E.I. is,” MacEachern said. “It showed them where we were from.”
Team P.E.I. Swimming hopes to field a full roster at this summer’s Canada Games in Sherbrooke. Twenty-one swimmers have posted the necessary qualification times to be named to the team, up from a high of 17 in 2009.
The final roster will be announced in June.
Following are the provincial swim records broken in
Quebec over the weekend:
11 and 12 girls
Jacqueline McQuaid, 100 freestyle, 1:04.65
15 and 17 girls
Sarah Williams, 100 back, 1:07.37
Sarah Williams, 200 back, 2:23.58
Alison MacEachern, 100 fly, 1:03.50
Alison MacEachern, 200 fly, 2:22.08
Alison MacEachern, 200 IM, 2:24.01
13 and 14 boys
Zach Doiron, 50 breast, 33.21
Zach Doiron, 100 breast, 1:12.54
Zach Doiron, 200 breast, 2:41.06
Evan Tynski, 1,500 free, 17:52.23
Evan Tynski, 200 IM, 2:28.30
15 and older boys
Joseph Sulaiman, 50 fly, 26.13
The following are Island swimmers who won medals at the Pointe-Claire Invitational meet in Montreal over the weekend:
12 and under
Jacqueline McQuaid, gold in 50m free and 100m free, silver in 100m back and 50m back.
13 years old
Alexis Craig, gold in 100m back.
14 years old
Desiree Gallant, gold in 50m fly, bronze in 200m fly.
15 and older
Maggie Finkle Aucoin, bronze in 50m breast.
Hannah Jenkins, gold in 400m IM, silver in 800m free, and200m IM, bronze in 100m back and 100m breast.
Emma Smith, silver in 100m free, bronze in 400m free.
Emily Swaine, gold in 100m free, 200m free, 400m free, 800m free and 200m back.
14 years old
Matthew Addison, gold in 100m breast and 200m breast, silver in 50m breast.
15 and older
Kevin Matheson, bronze in 50m fly.
William Stewart, gold in 200m back.
15 and older girls
Alison MacEachern, gold in 200m butterfly, silver in 100m butterfly.
Zach Doiron, bronze in 50m and 100m breaststroke.
Evan Tynski, bronze in 1,500m free and 100m freestyle.
15 and older girls
Julia Campbell, Emily Swaine, Emma Smith and Hannah Jenkins, gold in the 4x200m freestyle and 4x100 freestyle.