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Clare swim team finishes in top eight at NS Open meet

<p>Mattea LeBlanc, left, Raianne McNeil, Nick Theriault, Anya Vanclief and Joel Comeau of the Les Aquadiens de Clare swim team competed in the Nova Scotia Senior Open swim meet in Truro.</p>
<p>Mattea LeBlanc, left, Raianne McNeil, Nick Theriault, Anya Vanclief and Joel Comeau of the Les Aquadiens de Clare swim team competed in the Nova Scotia Senior Open swim meet in Truro.</p>

CHURCH POINT - Les Aquadiens de Clare swim team, which swims out of the Universite Sainte-Anne’s pool, proved it could compete at the provincial level and finish in the top eight.

The Nova Scotia Senior Open swim meet was a three-day competition for Age Group swimmers held in Truro Dec. 12-14, and team coach Moira Brown said her swimmers did surprisingly well.

“This was a province-wide, heavy duty event and our five Age Group swimmers faced stiff competition,” Brown said. “We are a very small club and to make the finals in several swims against bigger clubs in the city, Truro and Wolfville was no small feat.”

Mattea LeBlanc finished fifth in the 800-metre freestyle while Nick Theriault in came sixth. LeBlanc was fifth in the 200m butterfly and eighth in the 400m individual medley. Theriault finished seventh in the 200m breast stroke.

Joel Comeau posted best times in the 400m freestyle, 200 individual medley, 200 free style and 50m breast stroke.

Anya Vanclief recorded best times in the 400m and 800m freestyle event, while Raianne McNeil finished with a personal best in the 200m freestyle in the B finals. 

Brown said the Age Group swimmers are involved a national swimming training program for girls aged 12-15 in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Brown said all the Age Group swimmers are participating in the program which focuses on the swimmers endurance and physical development.

“Swimming Canada launched this program with the objective of developing female swimmers capable of being on the podium at the Tokyo Olympics,” Brown said. “This program is for the 400 and 800m freestyle and the 400m individual medley and, although it is a hard and arduous program for coaches and participating swimmers, the dividends are rewarding.”

Brown also had high praise for her Nova Tech swimmers who participated in the NT Swim Meet in Greenwood on Dec. 6.

“Maria LeBlanc, Rachel Comeau, Connor Robicheau, Adrien Meuse and Sophie Meuse did very well finishing with personal bests,” she said. “Rachel and Connor advanced to the Age Group level as well.”

The Nova Scotia Senior Open swim meet was a three-day competition for Age Group swimmers held in Truro Dec. 12-14, and team coach Moira Brown said her swimmers did surprisingly well.

“This was a province-wide, heavy duty event and our five Age Group swimmers faced stiff competition,” Brown said. “We are a very small club and to make the finals in several swims against bigger clubs in the city, Truro and Wolfville was no small feat.”

Mattea LeBlanc finished fifth in the 800-metre freestyle while Nick Theriault in came sixth. LeBlanc was fifth in the 200m butterfly and eighth in the 400m individual medley. Theriault finished seventh in the 200m breast stroke.

Joel Comeau posted best times in the 400m freestyle, 200 individual medley, 200 free style and 50m breast stroke.

Anya Vanclief recorded best times in the 400m and 800m freestyle event, while Raianne McNeil finished with a personal best in the 200m freestyle in the B finals. 

Brown said the Age Group swimmers are involved a national swimming training program for girls aged 12-15 in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Brown said all the Age Group swimmers are participating in the program which focuses on the swimmers endurance and physical development.

“Swimming Canada launched this program with the objective of developing female swimmers capable of being on the podium at the Tokyo Olympics,” Brown said. “This program is for the 400 and 800m freestyle and the 400m individual medley and, although it is a hard and arduous program for coaches and participating swimmers, the dividends are rewarding.”

Brown also had high praise for her Nova Tech swimmers who participated in the NT Swim Meet in Greenwood on Dec. 6.

“Maria LeBlanc, Rachel Comeau, Connor Robicheau, Adrien Meuse and Sophie Meuse did very well finishing with personal bests,” she said. “Rachel and Connor advanced to the Age Group level as well.”

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