The St. John’s Legends Swim Club, on a break for the holidays, will have a busy schedule ahead of themselves in the new year.
The provincials are set for Gander Jan. 31-Feb.2, followed by the Eastern Nationals in Windsor, Ont., Feb. 13-16 and the East Coast Championships the first weekend in March in Saint John, N.B.
In the meantime, the Legends sent 58 swimmers to Point Claire, Que., this past weekend with some very good results, including record-breaking performances.The 15-17-year-old girls’ team of Maggie Whelan, Caroline Hickman, Meg MacKay and Catherine Silotch set records for their age group along with senior provincial records in the 4x200-metre and 4x100m freestyle relays while setting a new standard in the 15-17 age group 4x100m medley relay.
Their time of 8:40.52 in the 4x200m free relay was not only a new age-group record by over 17 seconds, it was also the best female time ever regardless of age by another seven seconds.
Their 4x100m free relay result of 4:00.45 fell short of their goal of being the first team ever under four minutes, but achieved their goal of both a new age-group record and senior record by over three seconds.
Meanwhile, Whelan and Hickman both set individual age-group provincial records as well. Whelan set new standards in the 15-17 girls’ 50m backstroke (30:43) and 100m back (1:04.95), while Hickman dropped five seconds from her personal best to set a new standard in the 15-17 girls’ 200m backstroke (2:20.16).
“Overall, there were some fantastic performances and many podium performances for the team which competed in two different formats in the meet,” said Legends coach Aaron Dahl.