First competition of the season a huge win for Predators Swimming
Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017
PETAWAWA - As the competitive swimming season takes off for 2017/2018, the Petawawa Predators are already bringing home the hardware. On October 28, 18 competitive and performance athletes took part in the Annual October Invitational Competition hosted by Swim Ottawa at the Sportsplex in Nepean. This competition is the first of a dozen-or-so meets the competitive group of swimmers will attend this season and it provides an opportunity to set a baseline for the season ahead.
This meet was filled with learning and achievement as the swimmers each raced in four events in the afternoon. Their focus was on the 200m and 100m medley swims since these events demonstrate whether or not an athlete is progressing in a healthy and balanced way in the sport of competitive swimming. The medley is a key event because it offers all four strokes, Butterfly, Backstroke, Breastroke, and Freestyle. For the older swimmers, the 200m version of the event also provides an opportunity to show off their skills in all seven turns on the wall of the sport. With one dive, four strokes, and seven turns all performed in a physically demanding situation while officials track your every move, this event is difficult to say the least! The swimmers not only completed these medley races, but took home several top three placements as the icing on the cake.
Overall our swimmers excelled throughout the day despite short breaks between events. Making a personal best time is truly the goal for these developing athletes and there was no shortage of cutting down times at this meet. Nearly 80% of the swims completed by the swimmers achieved a personal best, taking off five minutes and seventeen seconds, or 317 seconds total as a team. Of the 72 events the PPSC swimmers entered into, nine were first attempts and so a personal best is not possible without a previous attempt to compare to. However, of the 72 swims the Predators claimed 54 medals - 12 bronze, 19 silver and 23 gold. This places the team as the top three in 75 per cent of the races. In a few cases, the Predators took all three top spots away from the Ottawa club in one event.
Throughout the season some swimmers set a goal to achieve Eastern Ontario Championship times and from there, work towards qualifying for Provincial Championships with even faster results. At this meet, thirteen Eastern Ontario Region time standards were achieved and five Provincial Championship time standards as well. Those swimmers will compete with their peers in February and March, as well as June and July when the swimming world moves to the long course season in 50m pools.
Folks, if this is the baseline for the Petawawa Predators, an amazing season of accomplishments is in store for these dedicated athletes! On November 5th, the club is hosting the first home-based competition between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Dundonald Hall. There are 54 kids of all skill levels signed up to take part, the club, the coaches and parents are looking forward to watching them make waves! The youngest swimmers will attempt their first 25m race and the teens will clock times for their 400m Freestyle.
Stay tuned for more reports of this dynamic and professional competitive sport club coming soon.