‘Phenomenal’ racing during sprint meet: Coach Calhoun

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Nicholas defeats James in Tweel brother battle

The Charlottetown Bluephins hosted the fourth annual fast and Furious meet recently at the CARI complex in Charlottetown.

The sprint meet attracted 250 swimmers, representing seven Atlantic teams. The Bluephins had the largest team with 68 swimmers on deck, including rookies Darragh Clayton and Liam Cooper swimming in their first meet ever.

“The racing in the pool was phenomenal . . . from start to finish,” said head coach William Calhoun. “Our younger swimmers had a blast and showed huge progress with over 90 per cent best times in the pool.”

The meet highlight was the 50-metre eliminator events. Swimmers raced the sprints in each of the four strokes, until only the fastest two remained. The winner of each event went home with a cash prize.

“The eliminators always bring a little excitement and extra cheering to the pool. The step up and race format got some insanely fast times out of swimmers,” Calhoun said.

He said one of the most exciting races had 15-year-old James Tweel racing against his brother and Bluephins teammate Nicholas Tweel, 17, in the 50-metre breaststroke eliminator.

“In the end, Nicholas touched first but his brother was barely a second behind,” Calhoun said. “All the eliminators brought an electric feel to the pool.”

The Bluephins won 13 eliminator events. They were: Alexa McQuaid – fly, breast and free; Alexis Craig  – back; Jacqueline McQuaid – free; Sarah Williams – back; Alison MacEachern – fly, breast and free; Nicholas Tweel – breast; Allen Boshnyak – fly, back and free.

Next up for the Bluephins is the P.E.I. Development Championships in May. The event will showcase the Island’s best developing athletes, it’s an important meet for the Charlottetown team.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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