It was a weekend of personal bests, medals and qualifying times for MUSAC swimmers who took to the pool at the 2016 Huronia Regional Short Course Championships (also known as Regionals) last weekend in Owen Sound.
MUSAC competed against eight other clubs: Trent, Orangeville, Lindsay, Collingwood, Orillia, Barrie, Base Borden, and Port Elgin.
The Club had 40 swimmers qualify to compete in the meet, however only 20 were able to attend primarily due to exam scheduling conflicts. It was a very busy weekend with five preliminary sessions and two nights of finals for the 13 & over swimmers. Remarkably, all eight of the senior swimmers made finals in at least one race. The club took home 26 medals in total!
Several swimmers achieved personal best times and many also came away with medals:
Abby Scott – 1st 800free, 3rd 200free, 4th 400free, 4th 100free, 8th 100fly
Ally Goldring – 2nd 400IM, 3rd 100free, 4th 200free, 7th 400free, 9th 100fly
Andrew Markham – 2nd 200breast, 3rd 100breast, 3rd 400IM, 5th 200IM, 13th 100free
Fiona Shearing – 9th 800free, 10th 200back, 13th 200breast
Ian Markham – 4th 800free, 6th 200back, 6th 400free, 7th 200free, 11th 100free, 15th 50free
Mark Cox – 1st 200fly, 1st 1500free, 2nd 200back, 3rd 100back, 3rd 200breast, 4th 100breast
Samuel Kuntz – 1st 400free, 1st 100fly, 2nd 200free, 4th 50free
Lauren Thomas – 6th 100back, 11th 100free, 11th 400free
Maddy Arsenault – 4th 100breast, 9th 200breast
Catrice Black – 2nd 100back, 4th 200back, 4th 400IM, 5th 200IM, 6th 100breast, 6th 100free
Ethan Coles – 4th 100fly, 6th 200back, 7th 400free, 8th 100back, 10th 50free
Ben Guerriero – 4 Golds – 100 breast, 100 IM, 100free, & 50breast, 4th 50free
Megan James – 5th 400free, 5th 100back, 6th 200breast, 6th 100fly, 9th 100breast
Owen Jibb – 8th 200free , 9th 200breast
Lucas Penney – 4th 400free, 5th 200free, 8th 100free, 9th 100breast, 10th 100back
Ethan Thomas – 1st 200fly, 2nd 800free, 3rd 400free, 4th 100free
Branwyn Shaw – 2nd 800free, 3rd 400free, 3rd 400IM, 4th 100free, 4th 200IM, 4th 200free
Maddy Guerriero – 5th in 200breast
Emily Boone – more than nine seconds shaved off her 100back time and 10 seconds taken off her 100fly
Aidan Spiers – 6th 100IM, 7th 100back
Girls 11-12 200m Medley Relay team placed an outstanding 3rd out of 15 (Catrice, Maddy A, Megan, and Branwyn)
Along with great results at this meet, there was also much excitement for four swimmers who earned times that advance them to the next level of competition in their age group. Ian Markham, Ben Guerriero, Ethan Thomas, and Emily Boone all qualified for the Ontario Winter Festival (Provincials for swimmers 13 and under). They now join Mark Cox, Allyson Goldring, Catrice Black and Branwyn Shaw who previously qualified. This total of eight swimmers matches the number of competitors that MUSAC sent to this event last year. The Ontario Winter Festival will be held in Markham on February 20 and 21.
Next up: the Muscat Splash #2 swim meet will be held Sunday, February 7 in Bracebridge. This is the second in a series of developmental meets geared toward Novice One, Novice Two, and Junior swimmers. For some, this will be their very first meet ever!