GODERICH – Northwestern Huskies swim team travelled here Tuesday to compete in the first swim meet of the season for Huron-Perth schools.
Seventeen Huskies swimmers made the trip and came away with some very impressive results that saw eight of them already qualify for the WOSSAA championships in February.
Noah Redfern-Lount, in his first year, swam to first-place finishes in all three of his individual events. He swam the Junior boys 50-metre freestyle in 29.88 seconds, the 100m freestyle in one minute and 10.45 seconds, and the 100m individual medley in one minute, 21.29 seconds–winning this event by more than nine seconds.
Andrew Taphorn won the Junior boys 50m butterfly in a personal best 37.30 seconds and finished second in the 50m breaststroke in a school record 44.02 seconds.
Not to be outdone, Senior swimmers Douglas Plain, Josh Frey and Lucas Meyer also had great swims. Plain won two races, the 100m back crawl in a time of one minute 21.32 seconds and the 100m freestyle in one minute 9.74 seconds, and finished second in the 50m freestyle in 29.67 seconds. Frey swam to a second-place finish in both the Senior boys 200m freestyle in a time of two minutes, 53.12 seconds and the 100m individual medley (one minute, 22.66 seconds). Meyer finished third in the 50m freestyle (29.70 seconds), the 100m freestyle (one minute 11.86 seconds) and the 100m breaststroke (one minute 32.05 seconds).
Murray shines for girls
Jen Murray made sure the boys didn’t steal the spotlight. In her first meet with the team, the Grade 9 swimmer set school records in three events, finishing first in the 100m individual medley in one minute, 27.21 seconds, and second in both the 50m freestyle in 32.68 seconds, and the 100m freestyle in one minute, 15.93 seconds.
Three relay teams also came away with wins on Tuesday. The Junior boys 200m medley relay made up of Grade 10 swimmers Andrew Dunsmore, Andrew Rae, Andrew Taphorn and Travis Roy swam to a school record time of two minutes, 48.64 seconds. Roy then teamed up with Redfern-Lount, Wade Niezen and Michael Plain to win the Junior boys 200m freestyle relay in a school record time of two minutes, 18.40 seconds, smashing the previous record by more than 10 seconds. In the last event of the day, the Senior boys 200m freestyle relay squad made up of Frey, Plain, Meyer and Austin Purvis won in a time of two minutes, 8.19 seconds.
Other results include: Michael Plain – Second-place finish in the Junior boys 50m backstroke (41.61 seconds) and eighth place in the 50m freestyle (34.22 seconds). Wade Niezen – Fifth place in the Junior boys 50m freestyle (33.32 seconds). Austin Purvis – Fifth place in the Senior boys 100m breaststroke (one minute 39.06 seconds) and ninth place in the 100m freestyle (one minute, 20.34 seconds).
Andrew Dunsmore – Eighth in the Junior boys 50m backstroke (46.46 seconds). Andy McKay, Andrew Rae, Andrew Dunsmore and Andrew Taphorn finished fourth in the Junior boys 200m freestyle relay (two minutes, 37.55 seconds). Hannah Bartlett, Emily Searles, Amanda Zehr and Jen Murray finished third in the Senior girls 200m freestyle relay (two minutes, 41.13 seconds).
Upcoming: Next action for the NW swimmers will be on Thursday, Dec. 6 when they travel to the University of Guelph to take part in the annual swimming invitational.