Bluefins ready for Summer Swimming Provincials

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Windsor Bluefin Natasha Williamson, 13, practices at the Hants Aquatic Pool July 13. Christy Marsters photo

The Windsor Bluefins are swimming towards another successful season as they prepare to defend their former provincial title.

The Hants Aquatic pool will be packed, July 31 as the Bluefins host the areas largest swim meet of the season. Over 500 swimmers will dive in with hopes of qualifying for a

spot at the 2010 summer swimming provincials provincials.

In 2009, the Bluefins team received the High Point Small Team award to become provincial champions in the small team category.

Teams with fewer than 50 swimmers fall into a small team division and teams with more than 50 swimmers fit into a large category at summer swimming provincials.

This year, with 42 registered swimmers, the Bluefins will look to reclaim that title.

As of July 13, with three qualifying meets behind them, about half of the team was already eligible to compete at provincials.

Bluefins president Donna Britten said the team began training in May. “All of the spring training helps swimmers get reconditioned.”

Competitive swimming is hard work, with hours spent training from Monday - Friday, she said. “Still, it’s affordable and the swimmers all learn. It’s a great way to keep active and busy over the summer.”

Hosting the upcoming swim meet will help to offset expenses, Britten said. “The canteen will be our biggest fundraiser of the season. It will cover costs for coaching and equipment.”

“It’d be nice to see people out to see [our team] swim,” Bluefins head coach Marcie Tracey said. “Just to show the community how great this team is doing.”  

It takes commitment, desire and determination to win, she said. “Yet, competitive swimming makes you have a good work ethic; you have to swim lots to get something out of it.”

This year, a lot of new swimmers are eager to learn, she said. “It’s hard to keep the older swimmers in this but we’re doing great with those we have.

Bluefin Abigail Hughes, 16, has been swimming competitively since the age of six.

“I find it has given me a little more determination to stay with things,” Hughes said. “The sport takes lots of practice.”

Plus, it helps build physical endurance for other sports. “This makes me stronger for volleyball, basketball and softball.”

The Hants Aquatic Pool being newly heated this year has helped training too because it’s easier to jump right in, Hughes said. “Last year, it was freezing. I like it a lot better now.”

“[Butterfly] has always been my favorite stroke,” Hughes said. “It’s my focus.”

“My main swimming goal is to keep making my times better.  I want to be in better shape for Provincials.”

The 2010 Summer Swimming Provincials will be held August 20 - 22 in Bedford.

Geographic location: Bedford

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