Orangeville Otters compete in Barrie Trojan Meet

December 21, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

Orangeville Otters Swim Club travelled to Barrie to compete at the Barrie Trojan Meet from Dec. 1 to 3 with good results. 

The competition took place at the East Bayfield Community Centre. As a team, the Otters were voted Best Team Spirit by meet organizers with a lot of cheering and a positive attitude. The Otters’ coaches were very proud of the enthusiasm displayed by Club participants.

During the meet, the Otters had 776 total swims, with 90 per cent of them resulting in best times.

Five Club records were broken during the swim meet.

These include:

  • Anika Bennett, in the 200m, 800m, and 1500m free style.
  • Aiden Arbeau in the 800m freestyle.
  • Nethaya Mahadana-Arachchi in the 100m backstroke

The Otters had 12 senior and three junior swimmers qualify for Provincial Level Championship meets. Several other swimmers had regional qualifications.

Bryson Jeans won the 400m eliminator event and won $100.

Also in the eliminator events representing the Otters were Anika Bennett, Vanessa Servos, Sadie McMahon, Mary Gabrielle Ryan, and Aiden Arbeau.

The top ten Otters point scorers at the event include:

  • Nethaya Mahadana-Arachchi – 382 points, nine first-place medals
  • Kaiden Norris – 344 points
  • Aiden Arbeau – 340 points
  • Wesley Halls – 322 points
  • Karam Singh – 316 points
  • Anika Bennett – 300 points, eight first-place medals
  • Sebastian Winegar-Tontegode – 292 points
  • Samuel Edmonds – 268 points
  • Evelyn Williamson – 266 points
  • Sadie McMahon – 266 points

The Otters are always looking for new members. An assessment night was held on Dec. 11 for athletes interested in competitive swimming.

Swimmers interested in competing must be able to swim a 25 freestyle and be at least six years old.

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