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Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
A half-dozen swimmers enjoy Summer Festival fun
by Randy Pascal

A total of six local swimmers competed at the 2016 Ontario Summer Festival over the weekend, the meet that essentially amounts to a provincial championship for athletes ages 13 and under. Tops among the local contingent was the sibling tandem of James and Ali Bertrim, who combined to record six of the seven top five finishes for Sudbury and area representatives.

Donning the colours of the Sudbury Laurentian Swim Club, Ali Bertrim returned home with the only medal, earning bronze in the 200m butterfly (2:39.92), to go along with a fourth place finish in the 100m butterfly (1:10.28).

A few years younger, James Bertrim managed no less than three fourth place finishes (100m/400m freestyle and 50m breaststroke), as well as a fifth place ribbon in the 200m freestyle.

Teammate Philippe de la Riva placed fifth in the 200m breaststroke (2:45.10), while Allison Nordquist (6th – 100m breaststroke) and Jordano Piccoli rounded out the SLSC grouping that managed to crack provincial standards.

Aislinn Munro (Nickel City Aquatics) was the only other local to attend the meet in Etobicoke, managing a best showing of 18th in the 200m butterfly, in a time of 2:48.66. The older swimmers head south in two weeks time, competing at the Ontario Championships, also in Etobicoke.

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