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Mantas swim personal bests, make finals in first invitational meet of season

The Melville Mantas swim team made some impressive personal best times, wth some members making to the finals in their first invitational meet of the season. Taking part in the meet were, back, from left: Leah Spracklin, Paige Langlois, Anna Karaivanov, Kelsey Hanrahan, Jennifer Jacque, Stefan Karaivanov, Jacob Cabot, Michael Gillett; (front) Coach Kerry Rideout, Matthew Gillett, Colin Mugford, Madison Janes, Emily Snow, Ashlee Coles, Megan Hanrahan, Avery Brown, and coach Ted Pardy.

By KERRY RIDEOUT

Special to The Labradorian

The Melville Mantas swim team travelled to Gander on Nov. 29th for their first Island Invitational Meet.

This meet was comprised of heats and finals with 10 clubs comprised of 246 swimmers from across the province. This meet is one of the largest in the province and the Mantas placed 7th out of 10 clubs, swimming to an 85% Personal Best Times, great performances in relays, and several members of the team making finals.

In the 13-14 Female Medley Relay, Avery Brown, Ashlee Coles, Madison Janes and Megan Hanrahan placed 4th and in the 13-14 Female 200 Free Relay, Ashlee Coles, Emily Snow, Avery Brown and Madison Janes placed  5th in a very competitive age group.

The 15 & Over Male Medley Relay Team of Michael Gillett, Stefan Karaivanov, Matthew Gillett and Jacob Cabot place 3rd and the 15 & Over Male 200 Free Relay team of Matthew Gillett, Colin Mugford, Michael Gillett and Jacob Cabot placed 3rd.

The 11-12 Female Relay teams consisting of Paige Langlois, Anna Karaivanov, Jennifer Jacque, Kelsey Hanrahan and Leah Spacklin swam very well, being their first time competing in relays and first time swimming together.

In Personal Best performances: Avery Brown — 4/6 PB,  6th in 50 backcrawl finals;  Jacob Cabot — 4/6 PB, 2nd 100 backcrawl, 3rd 200 free, 4th 400 free; Ashlee  Coles — 3/6 PB, 3rd in 50 m breast stroke; Matthew Gillett  — 1/6 PB, 3rd 200 m breaststroke and 100 back, 4th 100 breaststroke; Michael Gillett — 4/6 PB, 3rd 200 back, 4th 50 back; Kelsey Hanrahan — 5/6 PB and took a whopping 34 sec off her 200 breaststroke; Megan Hanrahan — 4/5 PB; Jennifer Jacque 6/6 PB; Madison Janes — 2/6 PB and took 13 sec off her 200 breaststroke; Anna Karaivanov — 5/6 PB, taking off 35 sec in 200 Free; Stefan Karavainov — 3/6 PB, 2nd Place 50 Breaststroke and 100 Breaststroke, 3rd 200 Breaststroke; Paige Langlois — 6/6 PB, taking nine seconds off 200 Free; Colin Mugford — 6/6 PB, 3rd 50 Butterfly and  6th 100 Back; Emily Snow — 3/6 PB taking off 12 sec 200 Free,; and Leah Spracklin — 5/6PB.

It was a great experience for the team’s young swimmers and hopefully they will build on the excitement and team spirit shown at this meet for future meets.

The team would like to thank team chaperone Joanna Langlois for taking great care of everyone.

The team’s next meet will take place in Labrador City in January.

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