Thunderbolts Impress in Markham


The Thunderbolts Swim Club ended a busy month of racing and training with 16 athletes competing at the MAC April Invitational hosted by the Markham Aquatic Club. Racing at the Markham Pan Am Pool the Bolts were able to test their training and preparation against some of Ontario and Quebec’s top clubs. 

Head Coach Stu McLean was quick to highlight what he described as a true “team effort.” Whether it was the athletes who contributed to the impressive medal tally of 45 medals (26 Gold, 14 Silver and 5 Bronze) or the ones who inspired their teammates with great individual efforts throughout the weekend. “This group of athletes took a huge step forward this weekend! Especially those who had been struggling or were faced with new challenges based on the level of competition.” 

Bolts athletes Lindsay Puhalski(15), Hannah Johnsen(14) and Isabel Harri(13) won Individual High Point Awards in the respective age categories. Harri(13) also broke two long standing Club Records in the 13-14 year old Girls 100 and 200 Breast. 

The Thunderbolts would also like to congratulate Cameron Johnsen and Jamie Puhalski on achieving new National Qualifying Standards. 

 Madison Halvorsen(18) claimed a silver for the girls 15 and over division while Emma Adamson(14) and Emily Murphy(15) had many personal bests, final swims and top 10 finishes.  Teammate Amy Knott(17) added to the points count for the team and Abby Mulligan(17) and Brooke Hulina(17) had a very successful weekend. Nikolas Black (13) also achieved many successes this weekend.

The success continued in the afternoon sessions of the 12 and under age category with Sam Chisolm(12) winning 2 gold and 2 bronze medals. Luke Foulds(11) raced to a gold, a silver and 2 bronze while brother Matthew Foulds(10) also received a gold and 3 silvers for all of his hard work. Mackenzie Thompson also had a great weekend of personal bests.

The BOLTS return to training this week with eye towards the First General Grand Prix on May 25-27, 2018 hosted by the Thunderbolts at the Canada Games Complex.