Sudbury Laurentian Gold Pool played host to approximately 500 swimmers this past weekend at the Jeno Tihanyi Long Course regional championships for NEOR and Huronia. Teams included Owen Sound, Collingwood, and Orangeville as well as the regular participants for Timmins Marlins, Kirkland Lake, and Temiskaming. Approximately 30 participants from Sault Ste Marie Aquatic Club represented the city of Sault Ste Marie. Finishing in the top four spots overall was SSMAC with 639 points, finishing behind the Barrie Trojans, Sudbury Laurentian, and Trent Swim Club, respectively. Also, a highlight of the weekend was the presentation of Fred Rams swimmer of the year to NEOR male winner Shane Rock from SSMAC. Shane had the highest combined FINA score in long or short course performances in four Olympic events. Shane was presented the award by staff from team aquatic supplies and OMNI swim, as well as NEOR board member Chris Salvadore. Congrats Shane.
Leading the way for our twelve and under swimmers was 12 year old Andrew Budau. Budau had won Gold in five events (200 IM, , 100 fly, 50, 200 & 800 freestyle) and Silver in one other (200 breast). Budau and was one of five SSMAC swimmers winning high point awards for their respective age groups. Following close behind Budau, was twelve year old Trinity Neshawabin. Trinity was victorious winning Gold in three events (100 & 200 freestyle, 400 individual medley) and winning Silver in her remaining three events (800 freestyle, 100 & 200 backstroke). Also finishing in the top eight placings was twelve and under swimmers Cassidy Bolton (100 breast) Raili Kary (50 & 100 back, and 200 freestyle), Emma Stroyan (50 & 100 freestyle), Declan MacDougall (50 & 100 freestyle), Justin Finateri (100 freestyle), and Amanda Jefferys (50, 100, 200 freestyle and 200 back). The 200 Free female relay of Neshawabin, Jeffreys, Stroyan and Bolton also finished top eight for SSMAC.
Fourteen year old swimmer Paul Widgett finished with high point honors sweeping six Gold medals in his six events (100 Breast, 100 Fly, 100 back, 200 back, 200 and 400 individual medley). Following closely behind was fourteen year old Kristopher Langevin winning Gold in four events (100, 200, 400 & 800 freestyle) and top eight in two others (100 and 200 back). 13 year old Alex Gelmych qualified for Long Course Junior Provincials in one swim while finishing in the top five in six swims (100 & 200 back, 400 individual medley, 100, 200 & 800 freestyle). Liam Cameron finished in the top eight in five swims (100 breast, 100 fly, 50, 100 & 200 freestyle). Widgett and Langevin combined with Alex Gelmych and Liam Cameron to win Gold in the male 13-14 200 freestyle relay and finish with Silver in the male 13-14 200 medley relay.
Fifteen year old SSMAC swimmer Chenoa Naylor set a new club record in the 200 meter fly eclipsing her previous personal best time by swimming to a new standard of 2:29.92. Naylor also swept her events winning six Gold medals (50, 100, 200 & 400 meter freestyle, 100 & 200 fly). Erin Lee, competing in the 14 year old female division had six top four placings with 2 Silver and 2 Bronze (200 IM, 100, 200 breast, 100, 200 and 400 freestyle). Also competing in the 14 year old division, Mychael Anne Francis had top eight placings in five events with 2 Silver medals (100 & 200 fly, 100, 200, 400 & 800 freestyle). Also finishing in the top eight in the fifteen year old division was Sarah Gelmych (100 & 200 breast, 800 freestyle) and Kaytie Sillanpaa, in the 13 year old division (400 freestyle and 800 freestyle). The SSMAC female 13-14 200 freestyle relay of Sillanpaa, Lee, Neshawabin and Francis placed top eight as well as the female 13-14 200 medley relay Neshawabin, Lee, Francis and Sillanpaa.
In the sixteen and over division, Kalen Critchley was a finalist in and top four finisher in six events winning 2 Bronze medals (100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle) while combining with Naylor, Lee and Gelmych to finish eighth in the SSMAC female 15 and over 200 freestyle relay. Graduating swimmer, Rayne Fisher also had one top eight placings in the 15 and over division (200 breast). Another graduating swimmer, Mike Lawrence shared the high point award with Fred Rams swimmer of year Shane Rock. Lawrence won four Gold medals (200 breast, 1500 freestyle, 200 and 400 individual medley) and finishing top four in two more events with a Silver medal (100 breastroke, 400 freestyle). Rock was a won Gold in the four events (100 fly, 100, 200 & 400 freestyle) while finishing top six in two events with a Silver medal (50 freestyle and 200 fly). Lawrence and Rock combined with Langevin and Widgett in the SSMAC male 16 and over 200 medley relay finishing third and the male 16 and over 200 freestyle relay finishing sixth. Sixteen year old Matthew Budau also had one top eight finish (200 back).
For most swimmers this was the final meet of a great season with many personal successes. For others it still continues. Twelve SSMAC swimmers have qualified for the Long Course Junior Provincials to be held June 28th through July 1st at the Nepean Sports Complex in Ottawa. Seven swimmers have qualified for the Age Group Nationals to be held in Calgary Alberta July 25th to the 30th. And finally, six swimmers from SSMAC have been picked to represent North Eastern Ontario as part of a NEOR regional team competing in this summerís Ontario Summer Games being held in Toronto at the University of Toronto athletic centre August 17th through 19th. To all the swimmers continuing, good luck in your swimming, to those who have finished, have a great safe summer and see you in September.
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