Productive provincials for local swimmers
by Randy Pascal
Representatives of the Sudbury Laurentian Swim Club have enjoyed success at the year-end long course provincial championships many times over. The June
(2016) results, however, were enough to get “not-so-easily-impressed” head coach Dean Henze more than a little excited.
Despite featuring a “team” of just eight swimmers, the SLSC athletes rose to 12th place in the overall point standings, just behind London Aquatic Club (25
swimmers) and Newmarket Stingrays Swim Club (31). The locals accumulated no less than a dozen medals along the way, led by Thomas Boyd with two gold
medals and four silvers.
In fact, Boyd narrowly missed establishing new age group records in both the 100m and 200m freestyle races. Abigail MacDonald not only reached the podium
in both the 200m (silver) and 100m butterfly (bronze) events, she also reached her Senior Nationals standard in the former.
Nina Kucheran is closing off her outstanding 2015-2016 season in style, racking up two golds, a silver and five other top eight finishes in Etobicoke.
Similarly, Everett Smith added a gold medal in the 50m freestyle, to five other point producing top eight placings, while Isabella Mastroianni swam her
way to the finals in both the 200m breaststroke and 400m individual medley.
Chris Eastick, Ali Bertrim and Philippe de la Riva rounded out those donning the SLSC colours, as the club winds things down over the course of the
next month or so. Remaining meets include Canadian Age Group Nationals in Calgary at the end of July (Thomas Boyd), and Canadian Senior National
Championships in Edmonton one week later (Nina Kucheran).
While lone Nickel City Aquatics qualifier Joseph Deni did not reach the podium at provincials, there were some very encouraging signs, in the
opinion of NCA head coach Alain Delorme. To some extent, it was the tale of two races, starting with the 200m breaststroke.
“He went out beautifully in the first 50m, but was unable to keep it together, to follow-through and produce a fast swim,” explained Delorme. “Too much thinking
going on, and not enough racing. “On the other hand, he swam a great 100 breaststroke race on Saturday.”
“He had 1.2 second PB (personal best time) and qualified for Age Group Nationals (AGN),” continued Delorme. “He tied for 10th place, just missing finals. I am
proud of how he handled himself and really turned things around.”
Unfortunately, the initial hiccup proved costly, as Deni reached standard in two events for AGN, with minimum entry requirements calling for three standard times
in order to earn a trip west later this month.
“It is with much hope these results will motivate him for next season, and leverage him to the Junior National standards,” summarized Delorme. Rounding out the
local grouping of swimmers that attended provincials were Ryllie Tryon and Justin Watson, both of whom swim for the Valley East Waves.
Tryon finished 11th in the 100m backstroke (1:09.39), also posting a time of 30.58 in the 50m freestyle, while Watson competed in both the 100m (1:20.77) and 200m
breaststroke (2:53.38) races.