HUNTSVILLE - Three young athletes represented the Huntsville-based Rocky Island Swim Club at the first Ontario Winter Festival Swim Championships, held this past weekend at the London Canada Games Aquatic Centre.
Mark Cox, Sam Goldring and Ally Goldring are all smiles after a strong showing at the Ontario Winter Festival championships in London this weekend.
The new winter and summer festival swim championships will bring together the fastest 13 and under swimmers in the province at meets in February and June.
Ten-year-olds Mark Cox and Ally Goldring, along with 12-year-old Samantha Goldring, competed with the best young Ontario swimmers and had strong performances throughout the swim season.
The younger Goldring sister raced to earn bronze medals in both the 100 metre individual medley with a time of 1:23.93, as well as one in the 100-metre breaststroke with a time of 1:31.63.
While missing the podium, the elder Goldring showed she belonged on the provincial stage with very strong swims in both 100 and 200-metre breaststroke.
Cox set personal best times on his way to earning a gold medal in the hard-fought 100 metre individual medley with a time of 1:25.73, just 4/100ths of a second ahead of the second-place finisher. Cox also earned himself a bronze medal in 100 metre backstroke with a time of 1:23.01.
New club records were set by Ally Goldring in both the 100 and 200 metre individual medley events for girls’ 10 and under age group.
Sam Goldring along with teammates Kyoka Stone, Mitchell Cox and Nathan Griffiths, with strong seasonal performances, have qualified to represent the club at the 2013 Huronia Regional Learn to Train performance camp for top regional 12 and 13-year-old swimmers, which will take place in Huntsville March 23 and 24.
– Submitted by the Rocky Island Swim Club