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Monday, Aug. 20, 2018
SLSC quintet focused on the finals
by Randy Pascal

The current demise of the Sudbury Star/Caruso Club men’s soccer tournament has certainly left a void on the local sports scene for the August long weekend. Perhaps I shouldn’t complain too loudly, however.

By the time the Labour Day weekend rolls around, pretty much every single weekend right through to the March break, with the sole exception of the week between Christmas and New Year’s, is crammed full of more sporting activities than can be humanly covered by a single reporter.

Besides, this does provide the ideal time to follow-up with those who ventured outside our city limits to ply their athletic trade, some with a great deal of success. Sudbury Laurentian Swim Club head coach Dean Henze, for one, could not have been happier.

Sending a five swimmer delegation to the recent 2017 Canadian Junior Championships at the Toronto Pan-Am Sports Centre, the SLSC contingent would produce a remarkable total of 19 final heat swims from a total of 23 preliminary races.

Highlighting the performances were a pair of podium finishes, as well as another quartet of top eight placements. Fifteen year-old Thomas Boyd would lead the way, earning silver in the 100m freestyle in a time of 52.70 seconds, and adding a fifth place finish in the 200m backstroke (2:10.03) and seventh in the 100m backstroke (1:00.20).

Long-time swim partner Everett Smith, now 16 years old, nearly duplicated the accomplishments, placing third in the 50m freestyle in a time of 24.22 seconds, and sliding in at seventh in the 100m freestyle (53.37).

The remaining top eight finish came courtesy of 14 year old Hannah Nordquist, touching in exactly eighth place in the 100m breaststroke (1:15.98), and only slightly off that pace in the 200m breaststroke (2:49.02), good enough for a 10th place ribbon in the event.

A grade ten student at St Benedict, Bella Mastroianni came as close as possible to finding her way into the top eight, finishing ninth in the 200m breaststroke (2:48.59), and adding a very nice finish in the 400m individual medley, bumping up from her 16th place ranking in preliminaries to the 13th spot in the finals (5:14.95).

Thirteen year old Ali Bertrim was the youngest of the SLSC representatives, enjoying the opportunity to compete in both the 200m butterfly (19th – 2:35.62) and the 100m butterfly (1:08.02).

With the 2017 Canadian Swimming Championships closing off Monday in Montreal, the 2016-2017 season officially comes to an end, with the majority of the local crew back in the pool in early September.

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