Muskoka Aquatic Club’s season is off to a great start

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The Muskoka Aquatic Club (MUSAC) started their 2018/19 season with a huge bang!

To warm up the team, MUSAC hosted their first home event with 82 swimmers competing. “A record high for attendance,” said Coach Morgan Kierstead.

Following the season starter time trial swim, the club sent 18 competing swimmers to the Owen Sound McDonald’s Classic on November 17-18. MUSAC swimmers put in a strong effort, taking third place overall in the competition as well as winning $500 in prize money.

“My swimmers raced their hearts out at this competition and represented our club with pride. Individual and relay rankings were astounding!” said Kierstead. “I look forward to seeing what great performances will come from our athletes at their next swim meet.”

Additional celebratory accolades were handed out to team members for earning 90 per cent best times, several top-eight finishes and Regional Championship qualification times.

“A big thank you goes out to our parents who volunteered on deck and coaches,” added Kierstead.

As the swim season has just begun, the MUSAC team is in full swing training for upcoming events. The team’s next competitive event is the Swim Ontario Showdown Championships in Brantford from December 14-16. MUSAC will bring their top 40 swimmers to compete with high hopes of ranking in the top five against some of the fastest clubs in the province.

The same weekend, Ally Goldring will also race at the reputable Ontario Junior International competition at the Scarborough Pan Am Centre as MUSAC’s only qualified athlete swimmer for that event.

MUSAC alumni Sam Kuntz from University of Guelph, Emily Hubert from Queens University and Mitch Cox from Laurentien University were all continuing their love for the sport of swimming as they competed at the 2018 DeBray Divisional Champs in Sudbury this past weekend.

MUSAC alumni (from left) Samuel Kuntz, Emily Hubert and Mitchell Cox (supplied)

MUSAC alumni (from left) Samuel Kuntz, Emily Hubert and Mitchell Cox (supplied)

Kuntz and Cox had fantastic races in the Backstroke placing first and second in both the 100M and 200M. Cox also won the 200M Freestyle and came seventh in the 50M Backstroke. Kuntz placed fourth in the 50M Backstroke and the 200 IM respectively. Hubert placed sixth in the 400M and 800M Freestyle.

“It was a great representation of MUSAC at a varsity level and shows the continued progress our athletes can achieve at a university level,” said Kierstead.

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