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Elmira Aquaducks shine at semi-finals

Aquaduck summer finals take place August 10 at the University of Guelph campus. [Elena Maystruk / The Observer]
A strong performance by members of the Elmira Aquaducks in semi-final competition last weekend earned swimmers top-eight finishes and praise from coaches at the summer meet in Elmira.

Both individual and relay swimmers made it to the next round, many for all three of their chosen events, said head coach Victoria Nicholson. She said she was pleased with the overall positive attitude at the meet and the loud support swimmers received from teammates.

“We sat at the side of the pool. They were all hanging over the edge cheering them on. I just like how we all work as a team.”

This week the team members enjoyed their successes while the qualifiers polished their skills for the finals taking place August 10 at the University of Guelph pool.

“I think it went really well. Energy was good and the kids were all excited. We had a lot of swimmers that made it to the finals,” said Nicholson.

Facing Fergus and Kincardine next, Nicholson feels that the latter presents her team’s biggest competition in terms of coaching techniques as well as skill.

“They have really good coaches: they are just intimidating sometimes. They have a lot of younger kids that are really good at their strokes.”

In preparation, the Aquaducks are working on strengthening sprints and dives, as well as strokes and turns to help swimmers cut down their times. Nicholson said it’s important to go over rules and regulations to avoid disqualifications.

This season the club has seen more members join its ranks, she noted. As older swimmers migrate to deeper waters, 8- and 9-year-old swimmers are hitting the Woolwich Memorial Centre pool.

“We have five 8-and-under boys, which is a lot for us because we don’t usually have any on our team. We’re getting a lot of new younger swimmers.”

After the semi-finals, the swimmers get a break before the fall session in September.

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