July 10, 2018
Our Legends sent a strong contingent of 43 swimmers last week to Halifax for the Ken Dunn Championships. The Ken Dunn Championships are the Nova Scotia Provincial Championships, which serve as an Atlantic Canada Championships with clubs from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland all in the mix and a few clubs from Ontario too.
This season our club carried a goal of winning this meet and we gave it a good shot.
Our women's squad finished in a strong second place to the home team, the Halifax Trojans. Our Legends women scored 2149.5 points behind HTAC's 2906. Leading the way for our women's squad were 15-year olds Emily Ricketts and Kate Williams, each with 4 gold medal performances. Ricketts won the 50BR, 100BR, 200IM, and 400IM and Williams won the 50FR, 200FR, 100BK, and 3km Open Water. Other event winners were Abby Simms (50FR, 3km Open Water), Jessica Ryder (1km Open Water), Abby Williams (3km Open Water), and Marcy Whelan (5km Open Water).
The Legends men found themselves in a neck-and-neck dual with the Halifax Trojans that after four days of pool competition saw our Legends up by just 11 points with a score of 2056.5 to 2045.5. At the open water competition on Monday our Legends men were able to pull away on way to winnning the top men's team award 2547.5 to 2349.5. Leading the way for the men's squad were 18-year olds Noah Cumby and Thomas Chafe, and 14-year old Cormac Bull, all three with 4 gold medal performances. Cumby claimed the men's 16+over division High Point award through wins in the 50FR, 100FR, 200FR and 100FL. Chafe swam to wins in the 400FR, 800FR, 1500FR and 5km Open Water. Bull finished just shy of the 14-15 high point award but claimed wins in the 50FL, 100FL, 100BR, and 200BR. Additional event winners were Max Kelly (200BR), Joohyeok Seo (100FL), Ben Pritchett (1km Open Water), Arjan O'Brien (3km Open Water), and Matthew Whelan (5km Open Water).
In addition to all our medal performances our Legends swimmers swam to 16 new Provincial records on the weekend. Provincial record swims came from Thomas Chafe, Cormac Bull, Kate Williams, Sawyer LeBlanc, Emily Ricketts, and our senior men's relays -- 4x200FR (Cumby, Chafe, Dylan Morawski, Ronan Bull) and 4x100 medley relay (Morawski, Max Kelly, Chafe, Cumby).
Congratulations to all our Legends swimmmers involved in this fantastic weekend. Thank you to our Team Travel chaperones Jill Kelly and Bruce Drover in making it all possible.
Moving forward towards the close of the 2017-2018 season our Legends will send 13 swimmers to the Canadian Junior Championships in Winnipeg (July 25-30th) and then Noah Cumby will represent Canada at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji in August.