5 Laurentian swimmers top local meet
Sixteen swim clubs primarily from Northern Ontario, but also representing the likes of Barrie, Markham, Brantford and North York, gathered in Sudbury earlier this month for the annual East Side Mario’s Invitational Meet.
Finishing second overall, the host Sudbury Laurentian Swim Club featured no less than five different event winners, as well as a good number of personal bests. The list of young athletes who have qualified for either Long-Course Provincials or the Ontario Festival Championships continues to expand.
Chris Eastick maintained his impressive showings this year, capturing the 13-14 overall age title with victories in the 50-m, 200-m, 400-m and 800-m freestyle events. Other first-place finishers for the SLSC included Kelly Hotta, Alex Langlois, Nina Kucheran and Emily Whipple.
Club head coach Dean Henze also noted the performances of Alison Cudmore and Morgan Kivinen, both making significant strides in advancing to event finals, as well as 12-year-old Everett Smith, the latest SLSC qualifier to the Festival Championships.
Heading to compete with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs in the fall, Hotta defended her title in the always-exciting “Sears Diehard Eliminator” Saturday evening, with Adrian VanderHelm of Barrie claiming the boys competition.
For more information about the club, contact Henze at [email protected] or by phone at 705-677-8989.