The Petawawa Cabin Fever Snow Squalifier and Fundamental Skill Competition was held on Jan. 20 at Dundonald Hall. It saw 92 swimmers from four different clubs. Petawawa Predator Swim Club member Katryna Yandernoll bobs out of the water for a quick breath. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
And they’re off! The youngsters swim against one another. Though it wasn’t a direct competition, they each were working either towards a personal best or qualifying times. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Silas Mackenzie, 7, swims another lane. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Petawawa meet attracts 92 swimmers
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday February 8, 2018
Ninety-two swimmers came out to the Petawawa Cabin Fever Snow Squalifier and Fundamental Skill Competition on Jan. 20.
It was the last opportunity for members of the Petawawa Predators Swim Club to qualify for the next level of competition at regionals. Clubs from Deep River, Ottawa and Carleton Place also competed at Dundonald Hall, testing their mettle in the pool.
“In order for kids to go to the next big meet, they have to achieve certain times,” said Meet Manager Julie Crouzat, “so we are trying to give them a chance to get those times.”
With swimmers from ages six to 16 and a variety of swimming strokes, it can be difficult to ensure that everyone gets what they need. Yet the coaches and swim meet volunteers worked tirelessly before and during the event to make sure it ran smoothly.
“It falls perfectly because we are exactly two weeks before regionals,” said Crouzat. “But more important than the time is the experience, to put all of the time they put into their practices ... into an actual competition.”
Those who didn’t need or want official times for regionals could instead, focus on getting their own personal bests or just having fun, she said.
It’s the fourth year the club has held this meet, and it has grown over the years, as has their reputation for excellence.
“They know that if (outside clubs) bring their swimmers to our pool, they are going to have a good positive experience,” said Crouzat.
“Any child’s success is a success for the meet,” she added. “It doesn’t have to be from our club. We want all the children to reach their full potential in swimming.”
All participants are fed healthy snacks between their times in the water and there is a prize table filled with toys, swim equipment and medals, all of which added to an overall positive experience regardless of end timings.
To see the meet’s results, please visit swimming.ca/en/meet/23068.