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Melville Mantas turn up the heat at Sink or Swim Invitational in Mount Pearl

Melville Mantas competed in the Sink or Swim Invitational in Mount Pearl. Front row, from left: head coach Kerry Rideout, Devon Walsh, William Jacque, Chloe Ryan, Adele Walsh, Caroline Graham, Sophia Graham, Matthew Bowles, Philip Snow and coach Olivia Winsor. Back row: Suzanne Jacque, Johanna Taylor, Aaron Porter, Hilary Spracklin, Paige Langlois, Leah Spracklin, Audrey Langlois, Jacob Sheppard and Ethan Gregoire.
Melville Mantas competed in the Sink or Swim Invitational in Mount Pearl. Front row, from left: head coach Kerry Rideout, Devon Walsh, William Jacque, Chloe Ryan, Adele Walsh, Caroline Graham, Sophia Graham, Matthew Bowles, Philip Snow and coach Olivia Winsor. Back row: Suzanne Jacque, Johanna Taylor, Aaron Porter, Hilary Spracklin, Paige Langlois, Leah Spracklin, Audrey Langlois, Jacob Sheppard and Ethan Gregoire. - Submitted

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL – The Mantas travelled to Mount Pearl the weekend of Nov. 24-25 to compete in the biggest swim meet of the year – the Sink or Swim Invitational.
Thirteen teams comprising of a total of 378 swimmers from across Newfoundland and Labrador competed.
The swim meet was programed just like provincial championships with heat swims scheduled for the morning and the fastest eight swimmers in each event and age group going through to compete in the finals in the evening.
The Mantas traveled to Mount Pearl with 17 swimmers and featured some great results, with several members posting personal best times and making it through to the finals.
The Mantas placed fifth out of 13 teams and put swimmers in 28 finals.
A notable achievement was that of Aaron Porter, who placed third overall in the 11-12 boy’s division. 
Other highlights of the meet included the 11-12 boys relay team of Devon Walsh, William Jacque, Aaron Porter and Jacob Sheppard placing third overall in the 4 x 50 freestyle relay.
The Mantas have three new qualifiers for champs. Aaron Porter and Jacob Sheppard qualified during the Fermont Swim Meet in October, and Chloe Ryan qualified during the weekend event.
“What a great swim meet for our swimmers and our club,” said Manta’s head coach Kerry Rideout. “Our junior swimmers competed above expectations and our senior swimmers were too strong for the competition.
“We are right on track with our season plan and our swimmers are looking forward to more positive results at upcoming events.”
Rideout said it was a great meet and the team is looking forward to the Mantas’ time trial in January.
The Mantas Swim club, coaches and swimmers would like to thank Joanna Langlois and Tina Jacque for providing great meals over the weekend and taking great care of them.
The Melville Mantas train at the recreation centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Swim Meet Results
Personal best times/events competed:

Matthew Bowles - 4/6
Caroline Graham - 5/6
Sophia Graham - 6/6
Ethan Gregoire - 6/6
Suzanne Jacque - 1/4
William Jacques - 6/6, plus 2 third-place finishes and 5 finals
Audrey Langlois - 4/6
Paige Langlois - 2 finals
Aaron Porter - 6/6, plus 1 first-place finish, 2 third-places, and 6 finals
Chloe Ryan - 5/6 and 5 finals
Jacob Sheppard - 5/6, plus 1 first-place, 2 second-place, and 5 finals
Philip Snow - 5/6 plus one final
Hilary Spracklin - 5/6
Leah Spracklin - 1/6
Johanna Taylor - 1/6
Adele Walsh - 5/6
Devon Walsh - 5/6

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