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FFAST turns in strong showing

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Members of the Fort Frances Aquanauts continue to reap the benefits of their hard work and dedication.

Such was the story at the Prairie Winter Invitational meet held March 1-4 in Winnipeg.

Coach Dawnn Taylor noted Anna Gagne finished within the top half of the athletes in the female age 13-14 division.

Gagne placed 35th in the final of the 50m back (39.09) while also finishing 38th in the 50m breast (48.47).

“If the swimmer exceeded a set time in an event to be offered at the meet, the swimmer got that event plus five bonus swims,” explained Taylor.

"An athlete could qualify in as many events as possible prior to the meet and swim it.

“All of those qualified in up to nine individual swims,” she added.

In the male age 14-15 division, William Serrano placed eighth in the final of both the 50m back (33.48) and 50m fly (30.07).

He also finished 21st in the 50m breast (42.93).

Edward Serrano, meanwhile, competed in the male age 16-and-over division, where he placed 16th in the final of the 50m breast (37.92) and 33rd in the 50m fly (34.90).

Jacy Gagne finished 12th in the final of the 50m breast (38.65) in the female age 15-and-over division.

Ayiana Gagne also competed in Winnipeg but didn't advance past the prelims in any of her events.

The local Cyclone swim club did not have any of its swimmers attend the meet.

“It was a strong showing by all," enthused Taylor. "We went in tired and swam tired, but also swam strong.”

Taylor also noted the squad now is gearing up for the long-course part of the swim season.

Up next for the Aquanauts is the Northwest Narwhal Allstate Long Course Spring Classic on April 7-8 at the Lakehead University pool in Thunder Bay.

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