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Clare swimmers finish in top 5 at Regionals


By Karla KellyFOR THE DIGBY COURIERNovaNewsNow.com

Nova Tech swimmers from Les Aquadiens de Clare finished in the top five at the Yarmouth White Caps Regional swim meet April 13 at Universite Sainte-Anne in Church Point.Joining Yarmouth and Clare in the regional competition were teams from Greenwood and Wolfville.

Brianne Comeau, a Special Olympian with the Nova Tech group, finished first in the 25-metre butterfly, third in the 100-m individual medley and fifth in the 25-m freestyle.

Diane Saulnier finished third in the 50-m backstroke and fourth in the 50-m freestyle.

Maria LeBlanc was fifth in the 50-m freestyle and sixth in the 50-m butterfly.

Mya Stuart was fourth in the 50-m backstroke, John Cameron finished fifth in the 50-m breaststroke and Connor Robicheau finished third in the 50-m butterfly

Les Aquadiens de Clare head coach Moira Brown said there is no age category for Nova Tech swimmers as it is based on ability.

 “The Nova Tech program gives ribbons for best times,” said Brown. “There were 12 ribbons presented to six swimmers in a ceremony at the pool on Monday afternoon.”

Brown said Diane Saulnier and Rachel Cameron produced personal best times in all four of their events.

“John Cameron, Maria LeBlanc, Connor Robicheau and Mya Stuart also posted best times in their events,” she said.  “Brianne Comeau who competes as a special Olympian did extremely well at the regional meet. She is showing that swimming with this group is paying off for her with improvements in her focus and skills.”

Brown said the seven practices a week prepares the swimmers for these meets and finds the group of seven swimmers motivated to swim for a top finish along with a personal best times at these regional meets when they are competiting against other teams.

“These swimmers have shown improvement each time they have competed and with improvements in their speed have come developments in their strokes and attitude,” she. “Competitive swimming is a sport that develops many skills in the athlete such as personal discipline, focus, determination, pride and satisfaction.”

 The Nova Tech program has three levels—Participation, level 1 and level 2. Medals are presented when swimmers graduate from one level to the next, with gold presented as they graduate from Nova Tech to Age Group. Those who make that graduation also receive a certificate at the end of the season.

Brown said the regional meet was the final competition before the swimmers will head to Wolfville in May for Provincials.

“All the swimmers know the competition at Provincials will be tough so over the next few weeks they will put the push on in order to finish on a high note,” Brown said.

Nova Tech swimmers from Les Aquadiens de Clare finished in the top five at the Yarmouth White Caps Regional swim meet April 13 at Universite Sainte-Anne in Church Point.Joining Yarmouth and Clare in the regional competition were teams from Greenwood and Wolfville.

Brianne Comeau, a Special Olympian with the Nova Tech group, finished first in the 25-metre butterfly, third in the 100-m individual medley and fifth in the 25-m freestyle.

Diane Saulnier finished third in the 50-m backstroke and fourth in the 50-m freestyle.

Maria LeBlanc was fifth in the 50-m freestyle and sixth in the 50-m butterfly.

Mya Stuart was fourth in the 50-m backstroke, John Cameron finished fifth in the 50-m breaststroke and Connor Robicheau finished third in the 50-m butterfly

Les Aquadiens de Clare head coach Moira Brown said there is no age category for Nova Tech swimmers as it is based on ability.

 “The Nova Tech program gives ribbons for best times,” said Brown. “There were 12 ribbons presented to six swimmers in a ceremony at the pool on Monday afternoon.”

Brown said Diane Saulnier and Rachel Cameron produced personal best times in all four of their events.

“John Cameron, Maria LeBlanc, Connor Robicheau and Mya Stuart also posted best times in their events,” she said.  “Brianne Comeau who competes as a special Olympian did extremely well at the regional meet. She is showing that swimming with this group is paying off for her with improvements in her focus and skills.”

Brown said the seven practices a week prepares the swimmers for these meets and finds the group of seven swimmers motivated to swim for a top finish along with a personal best times at these regional meets when they are competiting against other teams.

“These swimmers have shown improvement each time they have competed and with improvements in their speed have come developments in their strokes and attitude,” she. “Competitive swimming is a sport that develops many skills in the athlete such as personal discipline, focus, determination, pride and satisfaction.”

 The Nova Tech program has three levels—Participation, level 1 and level 2. Medals are presented when swimmers graduate from one level to the next, with gold presented as they graduate from Nova Tech to Age Group. Those who make that graduation also receive a certificate at the end of the season.

Brown said the regional meet was the final competition before the swimmers will head to Wolfville in May for Provincials.

“All the swimmers know the competition at Provincials will be tough so over the next few weeks they will put the push on in order to finish on a high note,” Brown said.

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