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Windsor Bluefins celebrate 50th anniversary, take home medals


WINDSOR – The Windsor Bluefins celebrated their 50th anniversary by hosting their annual swim meet and having several competitors take home medals.

“Since 1966, we've had a swim team representing West Hants and Windsor,” said Lisa Lebrasseur, the president of the Bluefins Parent Association.

“It's just an awesome feat.”

Lebrasseur said they have a good number of swimmers taking part in the club this year, and hopes interest in the sport will continue to grow.

“Last year, we probably had an even split between some here for fun and some to compete,” she said. “This year, we probably have 14 that are competing –—so it's up a bit.”

Three girls competing at the Windsor meet July 31 in the girls’ 13-14 division took home the most medals.

Briana Sexton had gold medal races in both the 50-metre backstroke (with a time of 36.65) and the 50m freestyle (31.03). Isabelle Lebrasseur placed first in the 100m breaststroke  (1:26.63) and third in the 400m freestyle (5:43.20). Cassidy Lutes took home a silver medal in the 50m backstroke (37.51) and a bronze in the 200m freestyle (2:46.59).

The Windsor Bluefins also placed second in the mixed 200 SC metre medley relay with a total time of 2:32.78. The relay team consisted of Sexton, Lebrasseur, Lutes and Sarah Hilborn.

Michelle Bregante, who organized the swim meet, said two newcomers to the team also did well.

“Freddy Rideout swam his first age group meet at our home pool, graduating out of the participation level just recently,” she wrote.

“Tia Taylor also swam to the top of the participation leaderboard,” Bregante said. Taylor placed second in the mixed 100 SC metre individual medley race with a time of 2:03.47. She was in the Top 5 in two other races.

Lebrasseur said whether the swimmers, who range in age between five and 18 years old, join to compete or to have fun, they all get something out of it.

“Swimming is one of the best physical activities you can do. It's an activity that gives you the best benefits and there's little risk because injuries are very low when you're swimming,” she said.

“It gets them out, gets them active, and on a beautiful day, what more could you ask for than to be in a pool?”

The Windsor Bluefins was founded the same year the Windsor Centennial Pool opened. When the Hants Aquatic Centre opened in 2007, they were the first group to use it.

To learn more about the swim club, email windsorbluefins@gmail.com. 

 

Did you know?

The Bluefins are named after the bluefin tuna, which is among the fastest fish in the world.

 

Total scores

 

Combined team scores (July 31, 2016 meet)

1. Bedford Beavers – 1477

2. Bridgewater Barracudas – 1344.5

3. Cole Harbour Hurricanes – 1164.5

4. Waeg Waves – 1082

5. Colby Sailfish – 837

6. Canada Games Centre Clippers – 569

7. St. Margaret's Bay Breakers – 518

8. Kentville Marlins Swim Team – 396

9. Windsor Bluefins – 349

10. East Hants Stingrays Swimteam – 348

11. Milton Dambusters – 218

12. Bridgetown SeaKings – 120

13. Windsor Junction Wahoos – 70

“Since 1966, we've had a swim team representing West Hants and Windsor,” said Lisa Lebrasseur, the president of the Bluefins Parent Association.

“It's just an awesome feat.”

Lebrasseur said they have a good number of swimmers taking part in the club this year, and hopes interest in the sport will continue to grow.

“Last year, we probably had an even split between some here for fun and some to compete,” she said. “This year, we probably have 14 that are competing –—so it's up a bit.”

Three girls competing at the Windsor meet July 31 in the girls’ 13-14 division took home the most medals.

Briana Sexton had gold medal races in both the 50-metre backstroke (with a time of 36.65) and the 50m freestyle (31.03). Isabelle Lebrasseur placed first in the 100m breaststroke  (1:26.63) and third in the 400m freestyle (5:43.20). Cassidy Lutes took home a silver medal in the 50m backstroke (37.51) and a bronze in the 200m freestyle (2:46.59).

The Windsor Bluefins also placed second in the mixed 200 SC metre medley relay with a total time of 2:32.78. The relay team consisted of Sexton, Lebrasseur, Lutes and Sarah Hilborn.

Michelle Bregante, who organized the swim meet, said two newcomers to the team also did well.

“Freddy Rideout swam his first age group meet at our home pool, graduating out of the participation level just recently,” she wrote.

“Tia Taylor also swam to the top of the participation leaderboard,” Bregante said. Taylor placed second in the mixed 100 SC metre individual medley race with a time of 2:03.47. She was in the Top 5 in two other races.

Lebrasseur said whether the swimmers, who range in age between five and 18 years old, join to compete or to have fun, they all get something out of it.

“Swimming is one of the best physical activities you can do. It's an activity that gives you the best benefits and there's little risk because injuries are very low when you're swimming,” she said.

“It gets them out, gets them active, and on a beautiful day, what more could you ask for than to be in a pool?”

The Windsor Bluefins was founded the same year the Windsor Centennial Pool opened. When the Hants Aquatic Centre opened in 2007, they were the first group to use it.

To learn more about the swim club, email windsorbluefins@gmail.com. 

 

Did you know?

The Bluefins are named after the bluefin tuna, which is among the fastest fish in the world.

 

Total scores

 

Combined team scores (July 31, 2016 meet)

1. Bedford Beavers – 1477

2. Bridgewater Barracudas – 1344.5

3. Cole Harbour Hurricanes – 1164.5

4. Waeg Waves – 1082

5. Colby Sailfish – 837

6. Canada Games Centre Clippers – 569

7. St. Margaret's Bay Breakers – 518

8. Kentville Marlins Swim Team – 396

9. Windsor Bluefins – 349

10. East Hants Stingrays Swimteam – 348

11. Milton Dambusters – 218

12. Bridgetown SeaKings – 120

13. Windsor Junction Wahoos – 70

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