The Elliot Lake Aquatic Club played host to the Regions Developmental Swim Meet, hosting three local clubs. The Sault Surge Aquatic club, The Valley East Waves and our own Elliot Lake Aquatic Club on Jan 21-22.
ELAC was represented by 43 swimmers. For many, this was their first meet in their home pool. Anxiety and nerves were silenced as the home crowd spectators kept the pool abuzz with their cheers and offerings of support. Louder, Prouder Elliot Lakers We Are.
Through the 2 days of events and heats, the hometown swimmers managed the overwhelming ability to as a team, allow each swimmer to earn ribbons for their efforts. Quite an accomplishment. The camaraderie of swimming as a team was showcased as the senior swimmers swam together with the novice swimmers in relay events which proved to be both team building and fast as many ribbons were achieved using this method as the hometown pool proved to be in our favor. The senior group as well as a few age group swimmers harnessed the speed of the pool, earning qualification times which were required to participate in the regional championship later this season. Good Luck swimmers!
Leaving the meet with overwhelming success were Hillary Clark, finishing 1st in all 8 of her events. Also finishing 1st in their 8 events was Daxton Timeriski. Truly outstanding effort. Emma Young narrowly missed her perfect 8 1st’s, shaving 19 sec off her 200 free swim, finishing 2nd for her efforts. Owen Parsons also narrowly missed the sweep as well having finished 3rd for his 100 free. Amazing achievements for each and everyone of our swimmers, again ALL of whom earned ribbons at the meet. Many earning multiple ribbons and improvements in their Personal Best times. Kyle Beaulieu shaved 12 seconds off his 50 back earning him a 2nd place ribbon. Oceane Christy bettered her times for her 50 back and 50 free by nearly 20 sec each, way to go OC! Leiya Fortin earned 1st for her 50 free while shaving 10 sec off her previous PB. Gareth Hebert smashed his 200 free time by nearly 1 min, earning a 2nd place ribbon in 3:09.03. Jordan Stirling also swimming fast shaved 1 minute off her PB in her 200 free, earning 2nd with 3:15.85.
While the swimmers from each of the clubs were busy churning up the lanes, turning in fast times and cheering on their teammates; the meet was steadily continuing thanks to the great volunteers officiating and running behind the scenes. Often unrecognized but without the support, the event would not have been a success. A BIG THANK YOU to all who helped make this meet an overwhelming success.