Daly-Stevens and Pico lead the T-Birds in the Soo

Friday, February 08, 2013   by: Chris Dawson

T-Birds swimmer Travis Allured (13) competes in a freestyle race at teh David Kensit Memorial Championship in Sault Ste. Marie. Photo submitted.

On February 1st, 2nd and 3rd the CT-33 Thunderbirds competed at the Dave Kensit Memorial Championship Short Course Meet at the John Rhodes Community Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.

All the Thunderbirds who entered this meet met the qualifying standards for participation.

This NEOR Championship meet provided stiff competition for team T-Birds, but several swimmers were able to soar above the competition.

Leading the team with top three finishes in six of his seven races, and a fifth finish in the seventh, was Trael Daly-Stevens.

Daly-Stevens earned 43 Fina points for his swims, leading the T-Birds and also broke a club record for his 100M Fly in a time of 1:35.79.

Leading the girls for the T-Birds was Jillian Picco who captured top eight finishes in six of her seven events earning 22 Fina points.

Other impressive results were turned in by Michael Denomme, Kylie Manning and Ryan Venditti who all managed top three finishes in at least one of their events.

Travis Allured, Morgan Brown, Jasmine Busschaert, Jane Chirico, Leah Chirico, Elle Louise George, Jenna Manning, and Alex Papatheodorou all earned top 8 finishes and all added to the team’s point total.

Sarah Allured, Cauri Ash, Rhianna Bovair, Ashleigh Brady, Jaimee Reynolds, Olivia Trottier and Madison Whittet rounded out the T-Bird contingent at Dave Kensit and all represented the T-Birds well earning personal bests in their swims.

The T-Birds relay teams also faired well with the 11-12 Girl’s team of Jasmine Busschaert, Jane Chirico, Jillian Picco and Cauri Ash capturing a fourth place in the 200 Medley relay and the Boy’s 13-14 team of Travis Allured, Ryan Venditti, Alex Papatheodorou, and Michael Denomme gaining a sixth place finish in their medley relay.

Coaches Pierre Simard, Penny Lecour, and Amy Jackson as well as assisting coaches Ray Picco and Brett Macneil congratulate all the T-Birds on a job well done.

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