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Eels win home swim meet

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David Willberg

Local swimmers thrived during the Estevan Golden Eels Swim Club's meet, helping Estevan take top spot in the overall standings.

The Estevan Golden Eels Swim Club won numerous medals at their home swim meet on June 21 at the RM of Estevan Aquatic Centre.

As a team, they finished first out of eight clubs, with a score of 1,028. 50. Points were accumulated based on finishers during the day. The Weyburn Silver Seals were second with 447.50 points and Regina Piranhas finishes third with 277.

The Eels had 17 swimmers finish with overall age group medals.

There were six swimmers that earned a gold medal: Justin Linthicum and Logan Dalziel (8-and-under boys), Adah DeLeeuw (10-and under girls), Hannah Mantei (12-and-under girls), Josh Wilson (10-and-under-boys) and Racquelle Gibbons (14-and-under girls).

Silver medal winners were: Bryse Wheeler (8-and-under girls), Lucas Derek (8-and-under boys), Carson Wheeler (10-and-under boys), Thomas Wakely (14-and-under boys), Karlee Ross (15 to 17 girls) and Samuel Beahm (15 to 17 boys).

The bronze medallists were: Kaitlyn Waldegger (8-and-under girls), Denver Sehn (8-and-under boys), Logan Marshall (12-and-under boys), Garret Ross (14-and-under boys) and Hayley Greening (15 to 17 girls).

There were 60 Golden Eels out of the 160 swimmers who competed in the swim meet.

An advantage for the Eels for competing at home is that they usually get a good turnout from their club, said coach Akeela Jundt.

“We always have big turnouts, so that’s kind of why it’s such a big gap between us and the other teams,” said Jundt. “Pretty much everyone who could compete did compete at our swim meet, so that’s so great to see.”

Jundt said that the meet went well, as the younger competitors got to experience their first competition against other clubs.

“It’s fun to see them compete there, because they usually don’t make it to the meets further away,” said Jundt.

Jundt said that the Eels swam really well, and she noticed a lot of improvement from the start of the season.

“The times have definitely improved, their endurance has improved and their stroke technique has improved,” said Jundt.

Even though she noticed great improvement in skill development, she also mentioned that they are going to continue to build endurance, and improve stroke techniques during practice.

Jundt said the meets can be an eye opener for the youth. She said that they realized they have to push themselves more to compete at a high a level, and keep up with the “stiff competition.”

The Golden Eels travel to Swift Current on July 5 for their next swim meet.


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