Rapids swimmers shatter club records at East Coast Championships

Dave Kearsey
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Corner Brook Rapids swimmers, from left, Heidi Perry, Megan Colbourne and Caleigh Edwards pose for a photo after competing at the 2014 East Coast Short Course Swim Championships in Saint John. N. B. over the weekend.

CORNER BROOK  A trio of budding swimmers from the Corner Brook Rapids made a big splash at the 2014 East Coast Short Course Swim Championships.

Megan Colbourne, Heidi Perry and Caleigh Edwards had personal best times in all of their events while combining to smash  a total of eight Rapids records in the process at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre in Saint John, N. B. over the weekend.

Despite only sending three swimmers, the Rapids managed to place 10th out of 31 teams for overall points in the female category against some of the elite young swimmers in Eastern Canada.

Colbourne’s impressive weekend included nailing down an age-group national time for her first-place finish in the 1,500 metre freestyle. Considered one of the best female swimmers in Newfoundland and Labrador in the Under-12 age group, Colbourne had a third-place finish in 100-m butterfly and wrapped up the weekend with fourth-place finishes in 50-m butterfly, 400-m IM, 200-m butterfly and 800-m freestyle.

Colbourne set new Rapids records with her final clocking in the 1,500-m freestyle, 50-m butterfly, 800-m freestyle and 100-m butterfly.

Edwards set a new Rapids record in the 200-m freestyle with her fifth-place time in Saint John, while she managed to place seventh in 800-m freestyle and 12th in 200-m Individual Medley. She also placed eighth in 400-m IM, 400-m freestyle and 100-m freestyle to help the Rapids rack up points in the team standings.

Perry, meanwhile was a force for the Rapids in freestyle, setting new Rapids records in 50-m, 400-m and 100-m events. She finished third in 1,500-m freestyle, 2nd in 100-m freestyle, fifth in 800-m freestyle and sixth in both 400-m freestyle and 50-m freestyle, while also nabbing fifth spot in the 400-m Individual Medley.

Organizations: Canada Games Aquatic Centre

Geographic location: Saint John, Newfoundland and Labrador

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