Thunderbolts Break Records to Kick Off 45th Season
November 7, 2017
THUNDERBOLTS ATHLETES BREAK RECORDS TO START 45TH SEASON
The Thunder Bay Thunderbolts started their 45th Anniversary season in a record breaking way at their first competition of the season. 17 Thunderbolt athletes travelled to the Toronto Pan Am Centre in Scarborough, competing against more than 25 teams at the 2017 NYAC CUP . The competition level included a number of current and past National Team members as well as a few members of the 2016 RIO Olympic Team.
Canada Games Team Member Lindsay Puhalski (15) led the charge with medals in each of her 8 events (1 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze) as well as a number of lifetime best times. Hannah Johnse n (13) set two (2) Club Records (one record that had stood since 1977) in the 50 and 100 Backstroke. Zoe Hunt (14) and Isabel Harri (13) took home Silver and Bronze medals respectively in the Girls 100 Breast! Emily Murphy, Emma Covello and Jamie Puhalski also contributed to the women’s 8th place finish with a number of lifetime bests at an very early stage of the competitive season.
Cameron Johnsen (16) and Will Lockyer (15) both had successful weekends against very competitive Age Groups. Both boys ended up with Top 10 finishes over multiple events with Johnsen setting and becoming the BOLTS All-time 50 Breaststroke Club Record Holder.
Head Coach Stu McLean was extremely impressed with the BOLTS start to the season. He said, “We’ve started off quite well for out first meet. The athletes embraced the pressure of a very competitive field, enjoyed racing in a very fast pool and saw some benefit from the quality of work that they’ve been doing over the past few weeks. It’s very encouraging!”
The Thunderbolts are already back in the pool preparing for upcoming regional and provincial meets including the 2017 Short Course Man/Sask Championships in Winnipeg.