PHAST hits pool for provincial championship

Pictured here are swimmers Lily Poffenroth, Josh Elsworth, Anna Robinson, Riley Avery, Aidan Doucet, and Malcolm Cameron.

PORT HAWKESBURY: The weekend of March 2 was PHAST’s cumulative weekend of major competition with the Nova Scotia David Fry Provincial Championships.

“The efforts by the swimmers put forward almost 90 per cent best times or season bests with many top eight performances against some very tough competition,” said coach Rob Allen.

“I cannot identify any one of our swimmers as the swimmer of the meet as every member contributed to the team’s success.”

Six athletes from the Port Hawkesbury Antigonish Swim Team traveled to Halifax to compete at Dalhousie University against 412 athletes from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Ontario.

The competition marks the formal conclusion of the first half of the season with a tremendous showing by the members of PHAST.

Riley Avery set five new team records in the 100 and 200m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 400 and 1500m Freestyle, with a fifth place finish in the 1500.

Malcolm Cameron swam to seventh in the 200m Breaststroke, and fifth with a new team record in the 50m Breaststroke.

Aidan Doucet powered to fifth in the 50m Butterfly and a silver medal and a new team record in the 100m Butterfly.

Joshua Elsworth set several new personal best times and had four swims qualifying for B finals.

Lily Poffenroth swam in several B final events and recorded new personal bests.

Anna Robinson to eighth in the 800m Freestyle setting a new team record, sixth in the 100m Freestyle and Backstroke, fifth in the 50m Butterfly snagging another new team record, and went to the podium for a bronze medal in the 50m Backstroke.

“The girls were really fast and I had to push hard to make finals, and medal,” said Robinson.

PHAST will be gearing up for the second phase of its training plan, focusing on a March Break fitness camp to start the process.

Swimmer Lilly Poffenroth noted that she and her fellow athletes are ready to continue testing themselves.

“The training up to this meet has been a lot tougher than last year, and I am looking forward to the next part,” she said.

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