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The Port Elgin Breakers Swim Team had a busy weekend November 17 to 19. Gold and senior Blue swimmers: Braeden Ashton, Sydney Beauregard, Evrim Dereli, Liam Fitzgerald, Jayson Horseman, Hannah Kent, Brady Phillips, Carlin Reid, and Rebecca Schropp competed at the Wilmot Aces Fall Invitational and the younger and newer additions to our swim team competed in the Owen Sound Development Meet on November 19.

Their five new swimmers: Kenzie Bourassa, Bria McPherson, Amini Mukenge, Yuhai Mukenge, and Mwema Mukenge; along with three experienced swimmers: Rose Morley, Sharvani Shankar, and Abhinav Shankar had strong performances in Owen Sound November 19.

Abhinav Shankar took off a total of 21 seconds in his four previously swum events (50 BK, 50 FR, 50 BR and 100 IM), and placed 2nd in all his events including 50 Fly. The Breakers also took home three 4th place, two 5th place, two 7th place, and 8th place finishes.

At the Aces Fall Invitational, Braeden Ashton and Liam Fitzgerald made some impressive improvements on their 200 BK taking off over 27 seconds and 25 seconds, respectively, and making it to the finals. Rebecca Schropp had a 12 second improvement on her 400 IM and qualified for finals in most of her events. Evrim Dereli made a 19 second change in her 200 FR time and Hannah Kent took off almost 17 seconds from her 200 IM. All together, the Breakers Swim Team took almost 3 minutes off their previous personal best times.

On October 28 and 29, the team competed at the Orangeville Otters Fall Invitational swim meet. Being the first swim meet of the season with some new coaching staff and training structure, the parents, the swimmers and the coaches were excited to see the results.

The 13 swimmers who competed swam a minimum of three events each and some swam events for the first time such as 200m Butterfly for Sydney Beauregard, the 200m Backstroke and Breaststroke for Ryan Morley and Brady Philips; and the 800m Freestyle for Zachary McEwen.
Collectively, the swimmers improved their times by a total of 3.5 minutes. Some of the outstanding improvements were Sydney Beauregard with a 27 second improvement on her 200m Backstroke, Hannah Kent dropping almost 37 seconds in her 200m Breaststroke and over a minute in her 400m Freestyle, Zachary McEwen cut 8 seconds in 100m Breaststroke and Rebecca Schropp cut almost 24 seconds in 200m Breaststroke.

Liam Fitzgerald had a personal best time in his 200m Individual Medley. Jayson Horseman had personal best times in his 100m Freestyle and his 50m Freestyle. Cameron McEwen swam a personal best in the 100m Butterfly while his brother Zachary McEwan swam personal best times in his 200m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley, 800m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, and his 50m Freestyle.

Brady Phillips swam a great meet and had a personal best time in his 100m Freestyle.
Hannah Kent also had a great swim meet swimming personal best times in 100m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle in addition to her amazing swims in her 200m Breaststroke and 400m Freestyle.

Madison Wheeler had personal bests in her 200m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, and her 50m Breaststroke.

Rose Morley and Sharvani Shankar both had personal best times in all their swims.

With these improvements many swimmers placed in the top 6 and collectively brought home 9 first place, 9 second place, 13 third place, 8 fourth place, 5 fifth place and 4 sixth place finishes.

breakers2Back Row (L-R) Ryan Morley, Cameron McEwen, Zachary McEwen, and Jayson Horseman. Front Row (L-R) Rose Morley, Sharvani Shankar, Madison Wheeler, Rebecca Schropp, and Hannah Kent. Missing: Sydney Beauregard, Brady Phillips, Liam Fitzgerald, and Braeden Ashton. Photo submitted.