This past weekend 61 Trojans competed in the 2014 Long Course East Coast Championships held at Dalplex. This summer’s long course championship meet was one of the biggest Nova Scotia has seen, with nearly 400 swimmers in attendance from Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland. The meet took place over 4 days with a preliminary session every morning and a finals session every night; it was a busy weekend to say the least! The competition came at an interesting time for the Trojans. While this was the final meet of the year for some swimmers, many Trojans used it as a final rehearsal for the upcoming Canadian Summer National Championships and the Canadian Age Group Championships held later this month in Saskatoon and Winnipeg respectively. Notwithstanding the upcoming meets, the Trojans managed to win the Top Overall Team Banner, an award that recognizes the team with the most combined points.
This weekend the Trojans proved that team work pays off. Over the four day, eight session long meet, the Trojans had 174 swimmers finish in the top 8 scoring a combined total of 4,974 points (1,774 on the Men’s side and 3,200 on the Women’s); nearly double that of the second place team, the Dartmouth Crusaders. Over the course of five relay events the Trojans won a total of 20 relay medals (13 gold, 4 silver, and 4 bronze). A big congratulations goes out to Hanna Mountford, Madison Archer, Jade Hannah, and Julia Law who set five new Nova Scotia Provincial Records in the 11-12 age group. They set records in the 200m Medley Relay (2:17.20), the 200m Freestyle Relay (2:02.91), the 400m Medley Relay (5:01.58), the 400m Freestyle Relay (4:23.37), and the 800m Freestyle Relay (9:47.07). Congratulations also go out to Sean Berrigan, Tony Liew, David Sharpe, and Geraint Berger who set a new Senior Nova Scotia Provincial Record in the 200m Medley Relay (1:46.35)..
In addition to exceptional team results, the Trojans also managed to win a total of 74 individual medals (36 gold, 19 silver, and 19 bronze), set three new individual Nova Scotia Provincial records and 10 new Trojan records. Some outstanding individual performances from the weekend include Madison Archer who achieved 100% best times in her events, winning 10 gold medals, a silver medal, and setting 6 provincial records, and also Jade Hannah who won 11 gold medals and set 7 new provincial records along the way. Ethan Boyle, Victor Luu, and Ben Willertz also had great meets and achieved 100% best times for their swims over the weekend.
Thank you to all of the coaches, parents, and volunteers who made this East Coast Championships a meet to remember! We are very proud of each swimmer’s achievements and look forward to building on our success next year. To those swimmers who ended off their season with East Coast Champs, congratulations and enjoy the rest of your summer! Next stop, Summer Nationals in Saskatoon and then on to Age Group Championships in Winnipeg.