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Host Springdale Bluefins big winners at swim meet


Published on August 9, 2017

SPRINGDALE, NL — The Bluefins were in high gear last week as the host club claimed bragging rights at the Springdale Bluefins Invitational Swim Meet.  

Swimming against teams from Grand Falls-Windsor, Baie Verte, Clarenville and Gros Morne, the Bluefins took the overall title with a combined score of 2,738 — nearly doubled that of the second place Grand Falls-Windsor Gators at 1,494.

The Baie Verte Dolphins captured 912 points, the Clarenville WaveRunners collected 911 points and the Gros Morne Piranhas had 612 points.

The Bluefins were at the top in each of the girls (1,624 points) and boys (1,114 points) divisions. The Gators took second in each of the girls (889 points) and boys (605 points), while the WaveRunners were third in the girls (623 points) and the Dolphins were third in the boys (354 points). The Dolphins were fourth in the girls (558 points) followed by the Piranhas (295 points), while the Piranhas were fourth in the boys (317 points) followed by the WaveRunners (288 points).

Springdale swimmers claimed half of the individual top swimmer awards at the meet.

The young bluefins proved the future is bright, winning all four of the eight and under (boys and girls) and 9-10 (boys and girls) age group individual top swimmer awards.

Georgia Elliott (eight and under) won all three of her races for a total of 60 points for her team. Tyler Breakspear (eight and under) was the top individual award winner with 52 points, while Olivia Sparkes (9-10 girls) was top inidivdual with 57 points and Parker Burton (9-10 boys) won all three of his races.

Megan Chippett of Clarenville was undefeated in the 11-12 girls division, while Gators’ swimmer Evan Smith took the top swimmer award in the 11-12 boys division with 57 points.

Cierra Chatman out of Springdale was undefeated in three races in the 13-14 girls category, while WaveRunners’ swimmer Jack Ryles was top boys 13-14 year old winner with 57 points.

Jessica Willcott of Grand Falls-Windsor and Emma Tucker of Clarenville shared the top individual swimmer award for the girls 15-16 division with 57 points, while Joey Sparkes had a perfect swim to take the award in the boys 15-16 year class.

Maria Griffin, a Gator, was undefeated to claim the top 17-18 year old top individual swimmer award, while the boys winner in that same age category was McCall Ryles of Clarenville with 57 points.

Gros Morne is hosting a swim meet this Sunday, while Baie Verte will be host another meet Aug. 13.