PHAST rocks Pictou and Moncton

Visiting the New Brunswick Open Cup were PHAST swimmers (back, from left) Josh Elsworth, Matina Kanchanatip, Aidan Doucet, Colleen MacLeod and (front, from left) Mariah Austen, Riley Avery, Anna Robinson, and Hannah Austen.

PORT HAWKESBURY: The Port Hawkesbury Antigonish Swim Team (PHAST) took to the water in Pictou and Moncton the weekend of January 26-28th.

Seventeen novice level swimmers competed in the Nova Tech North Meet on Saturday, January 27 in Pictou. Mallory Bekkers, Isla Corkum, Ayden Johnson, Hoogen Roovers, and Jacob Pinkohs all qualified for their bronze level while Oliver Long took home his silver level standard. The squad members dropped time in what was the first swim meet for some.

Nine Age Group swimmers competed in Moncton in the New Brunswick Open Cup and had a remarkable showing.

Anna Robinson had a great showing, taking gold in the 50m and 200m Backstroke; silver in the 400m I.M. and 800m Freestyle; bronze in the 400m Freestyle; and fifth in the 100m Freestyle.

Hannah Austen swam to gold in the 400m IM and silver in the 200m Breaststroke.

Riley Avery took gold in the 800m Freestyle, third in the 100m Backstroke, fourth in the 200m Breaststroke, and sixth in both the 50M Butterfly and the 100m Breaststroke.

Malcolm Cameron battled the flu and still snagged gold in the 200m Breaststroke.

Aidan Doucet stroked to bronze in the 100m Backstroke, 50M Butterfly, and 50m Freestyle. Doucet also took sixth in the 50m Backstroke.

Joshua Elsworth swam to fourth in the 200m I.M.

Matina Kanchanatip, swimming her last meet with PHAST, swam to fifth in the 50m Butterfly.

Colleen MacLeod took fifth in the 100m Freestyle.

Mariah Austen helped the women’s relay team with their efforts. The women’s 15-and-over relay took eighth place, while the men’s relay team took fourth and sixth in their competition.

PHAST is gearing up for junior and senior provincial championships while taking part in its most significant fundraiser of the year, Swim-A-Thon. You can support your favourite PHAST swimmer at