The Port Hawkesbury Antigonish Swim Team (PHAST) took to the water in Pictou and Moncton Jan. 26 to 28.
Seventeen novice level swimmers competed in the Nova Tech North Meet in Pictou. Mallory Bekkers, Isla Corkum, Ayden Johnson, Hoogen Roovers and Jacob Pinkohs all qualified for their bronze level, while Oliver Long took home his silver level standard. The squad members dropped time in what was the first swim meet for some.
Nine age group swimmers competed in Moncton at the New Brunswick Open Cup and had a remarkable showing. Hannah Austen swam to silver in the 200m breaststroke and gold in the 400m individual medley.
Mariah Austen helped the women’s relay team with their efforts. The women’s 15-and-over relay team took eight place, while the men’s relay team took sixth and fourth in their competition.
Riley Avery took sixth in the 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly, and fourth in the 200m breaststroke, third in the 100m backstroke and gold in the 800m freestyle.
Malcolm Cameron battled the flu and still snagged gold in the 200m breaststroke. Aidan Doucet stroked to sixth place in the 50m backstroke and took bronze in the 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle.
Joshua Elsworth swam to fourth in the 200m individual medley. Matina Kanchanatip, swimming her last meet with PHAST, swam to fifth in the 50m butterfly. Colleen MacLeod took fifth in the 100m freestyle. Anna Robinson powered to fifth in the 100m freestyle, bronze in the 400m freestyle, silver in the 400m individual medley and 800m freestyle, and gold in the 50m and 200m backstroke.
PHAST is gearing up for junior and senior provincial championships while taking part in their most significant fundraiser of the year, Swim-A-Thon. Those interested in supporting a PHAST swimmer can do so at www.novascotiaswimathon.ca/phast.