HUNTSVILLE - Nineteen members of the Huntsville-based Rocky Island Swim Club joined close to 800 other Ontario swimmers, from 36 clubs, at the Etobicoke Olympium for the Ontario Division 3 Team Championships Dec. 15 to 17.
From left, Fiona Shearing, Ally Goldring, Avery Herr and Hayden Phillips of the Rocky Island Swim Club ham it up after winning bronze in the girls’ 10-and-under relay at the Ontario Division 3 Team Championships Dec. 15 to 17.
The local team, aided by earnings of 24 top-10 results, finished as the 14th overall ranked team after facing strong competition from the other clubs which come from larger city centres – the best showing for the local swimmers.
Ally Goldring and Mark Cox proved they are a force to be reckoned with on the provincial stage, earning seven podium appearances between them in a very strong competitive field of swimmers aged 10 and under. The two young swimmers earned Performance Awards for the meet, with Goldring earning gold in both the 100-metre breaststroke and 100-metre individual medley (combination of all four competitive strokes), silver in 50-metre breast and bronze in 200-metre individual medley while Cox earned bronze medals in 50-metre free, 100-metre and 200-metre individual medleys and narrowly missed the podium with strong fourth place finishes in 100-metre and 200-metre freestyle.
There was incredible excitement at Sunday night’s finals when the Rocky Island girls’ 10-and-under four-by-50-metre medley relay team raced to gold with Hayden Phillips in backstroke, Goldring in breaststroke, Avery Herr in butterfly and Fiona Shearing anchoring in freestyle. The same team finished a very close race on Saturday night in the four-by-50-metre freestyle, narrowly missing a bronze medal with a strong fourth place finish.
The meet’s Fin Award went to Phillips, who dropped an accumulative 31 seconds off her previous best performance times. Fin award runners-up were Goldring (19 seconds), Shearing (18.8 seconds) and Paige Smith (16.7 seconds).
Three Rocky Island club 10-and-under girls’ records were broken by Goldring in 50-metre breastroke (41.79 seconds), 100-metre breastroke (1:29.60) and 100-metre individual medley (1:25.44) while the girls’ 13 to 14 four-by-50-metre freestyle relay team (Olivia Baguley, Sabrina Schaly, Sheerise Dube and Ainsley Herr) set a new record with a time of 2:02.39.
The Rocky Island swimmers will take a break over Christmas before returning to prepare to host hundreds of Ontario swimmers at the annual Jesse Coward Winterlude Meet, which will be held Jan. 19 to 20.