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Fast start for TCS swimmers
|Friday, 02 December 2011|
Trinity College School’s swim team had a fantastic start to the season as it hosted the School’s annual meet on November 30th at the local Jack Burger Sports Complex in Port Hope. Several members of the team had first-place finishes and are on pace to qualify for the OFSAA provincial championships in the spring.
Two cousins had particularly great days. Gabrielle Stratford finished first in the Senior 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly, while Emily Stratford placed first in the Senior 200m freestyle. And the pair were also part of two gold medal winning teams: the Senior girls 200m medley relay with Marie Duguay and Francesca Di Pietro; and the Senior girls freestyle relay with Francesca and Linea Strong.
Clare Butler edged out her sister Emma to win the Junior 50m breaststroke, but the pair joined forces as part of two winning teams: the Junior medley relay with Linea Strong and Kristelle Abueva; and the Junior freestyle with Kristelle and Sarah Mirza.
In addition to her gold in the Senior freestyle relay, Linea Strong also crossed the finish line first in the Junior 100m individual medley and the 50m freestyle. And Marie Duguay added an individual gold in the Senior 100m backstroke to her team win in the medley relay.
Eila Collings had a pair of top finishes in the Open division, winning the 100m backstroke and the 100m freestyle. Luisa Roberts was first across the line in the Junior 100m freestyle and Lindsay Farrell rounded out the first place finishes with her gold in the Senior 100m breastroke.
On the men’s side, the Senior medley relay team of Zack Chauvin, Reilly Reed, Thomas Jackson and Anton Steinbeck swam a great race to finish second. Regan Strong captured silver in the Senior 100m backstroke, as did Alex Youssef in the Open 100m backstroke and Connor Dew in the 100m butterfly.
The TCS meet comes early in the season, when swimmers have really just started training, so the entire team is to be congratulated on putting forth such a great effort, notes coach Cyndi Langford.
Several swimmers posted OFSAA-qualifying times and, although they will need to replicate these results at the CISAA league championships, this is a great indication of their chances of making it to the provincial championships. Qualifying times were posted by the Senior girls 200m medley relay and Senior girls 200m freestyle teams, as well as individual swimmers Gabrielle Stratford (Senior 50m freestyle and butterfly) and Emily Stratford (Senior 50m butterfly).
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