PHAST takes fourth at provincials

PHAST swimmers swam to a fourth place final at for Juniors, Spring Edition, Provincial Championships. In the back are (from left) Cole Beaver, Josh Elsworth, Collen MacLeod, Matthew Penner, Baileigh Bekkers, Meghan Hayes, Jessica MacKinnon, and Elena Barzanti. In front are (from left) Zack Elswoth, Oliva Langley, Mariah Austen, Ali McLellan, Cein Kennedy, and Cora Kehoe. Kneeling are Emma Crispo (left) and Lily MacLean. Missing is Alex Penner.

ANTIGONISH: The Port Hawkesbury Antigonish Swim Team (PHAST) hosted 170 swimmers from 10 teams across the province for Juniors, Spring Edition, Provincial Championships from June 8-10.

St. Francis Xavier University provided the perfect venue with an athlete’s village residence setting and phenomenal recreation staff.

Over three days of competition, PHAST secured fourth overall.

Matthew Penner earned the meet’s male bronze medal for high points. He did so with first place finishes in the 50m, 100m, and 200m Breaststroke, and 200m I.M. He also scored a fourth in the 50m Fly.

Colleen MacLeod powered to first in both the 50 and 100m Freestyle, second in the 50m Breaststroke, and fourth in the both 50m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle. MacLeod earned the meet’s female bronze medal for high points scorer.

Joshua Elsworth powered to first in both 200m and 400m Freestyle (setting a new team record), second in the 200m I.M., third in 50m Freestyle, and fourth in both the 50m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle.

Cein Kennedy swam to first in the 200m Backstroke, second in the 50m Backstroke, third in the 50m Freestyle, fourth in both the 200m Freestyle and 200m I.M., and sixth in the 50m Breaststroke.

Elena Barzanti took first in the 200m Freestyle, second in the 50 and 100m Freestyle, third in the 200m Backstroke, and fourth in both the 50m Butterfly and the 800m Freestyle.

Jessica MacKinnon took first in the 100m Backstroke, second in both the 50m and 200m Backstroke, and fourth in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle.

Illness kept Alex Penner from the first two days on competition, but the slow start didn’t keep him down in the 50m Butterfly. He took first place.

Meghan Hayes stroked to second in the 100m Butterfly, fifth in the 50m Freestyle, sixth in the 100m Freestyle, and seventh in the 50m Backstroke.

Zachary Elsworth took fourth in the 50m Breaststroke and 200m I.M., and seventh in both the 50m and 200m Freestyle.

Cole Beaver stroked to fourth in the 100m Backstroke.

Olivia Langley stroked to fifth in the 50m breast stroke and sixth in the 200m Breaststroke.

Mariah Austen swam to fifth in the 200m Backstroke and seventh in the 50m Backstroke.

Cora Kehoe took fifth in the 100m Freestyle.

Baileigh Bekkers swam to eighth in the 400m Freestyle.

Emma Crispo stroked to eighth in the 100m Breaststroke.

Ali McLellan and Lily MacLean helped the women’s squads secure a first place finish, a second, two fourths, and a sixth.

In relay action, the men’s squads took home a two first place finishes, a second, a fourth, and a fifth.

PHAST would like to thank all the local businesses who donated products, volunteers who worked all weekend, and teams who competed.

Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher opened the meet with words of welcome, and Director of Athletics and Recreation Leo MacPherson gave the swimmers an inspirational challenge to excellence as well.