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Aquanauts make splash in Thunder Bay


Despite the fact two club records were smashed at last weekend’s Thunderbolts Invitational meet in Thunder Bay, Aquanaut head coach Debbie Murray preferred not to single out any one swimmer as having stood out above the rest.

Rather, she admitted she’s never seen her swimmers perform as well as a group at one particular meet.

“Everyone did so well . . . it was one of the most fantastic showings from a general group that I have seen,” enthused Murray, adding most of the swimmers who competed there were under 12, with just a sprinkling of seniors on the trip.

“The results show how hard the swimmers have worked, especially with technical practice,” she noted. “They do difficult drills in hopes to get better technically.

“To swim fast, you have to swim technically correct,” she stressed.

Murray said all of her swimmers have “made great strides” in the pool so far this season--the direct result of many hours of hard work during practice.

“I can’t emphasize enough how hard they all work,” she remarked. “All the swimmers were right on [their best times] or better.”

In fact, Amanda Allan and Heather Dutton turned in record-setting swims at Thunder Bay.

Allan broke the club record in the 50m breaststroke by “about two seconds,” said Murray, while Dutton smashed her previous record in the 200m butterfly set last year by “around seven seconds.”

The Aquanauts next host the Northwestern Ontario regional meet Feb. 26-28 at the Sportsplex, then several swimmers will travel to Winnipeg the following weekend for the Man./Sask. meet.

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