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Dolphins swimmers deliver record-setting performances in Niagara Dolphins swimmers deliver record-setting performances
Dolphins swimmers deliver record-setting performances Nikki Wesley — Burlington Post
Sophia Lee, left, and Shannon Russell each won seven gold medals on their way to their division high-point titles at the Niagara LSC Championships. They combined to set seven meet records.
Burlington Post By Herb Garbutt Sophia Lee isn’t much different than any other 10-year-old. Ask her a question and you’re likely to get a short answer, not more than a few words long. Until you ask her about swimming. Why does she like it so much? “I enjoy competing against other people, seeing who’s faster,” she says, before her answer morphs into one you would expect from a competitor twice her age. “I like to see who has the heart to win, who’s tougher.” At the Niagara LSC Championships earlier this month, nobody had more heart than Lee. The Dolphins Swim Club member established five meet records and set new club standards in all seven of her events on her way to the overall point title in the girls’ 10-and-under division. In the 500-yard freestyle, Lee could have got out of the pool, toweled off and got a start on lunch before her nearest rival finished. She won by 45 seconds. She added six more victories in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle, the 50 and 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that the Grade 5 Ascension Elementary School student has trouble coming up with a favourite event, listing five when the question is posed. Neither should her goals for the future. “I want to go to the Olympics and be a gold medalist,” she says.
Shannon Russell was equally dominant at the Niagara meet, also winning seven races on her way to the point title in the 13-14-year-old girls’ division. Russell established two meet records and seven club records in taking the 200 and 500-yard freestyle, the 200 and 400-yard IM, the 100 and 200-yard breaststoke and the 200-yard butterfly. Russell said her biggest improvement came in the 100-yard breaststroke and credited the encouragement of teammates Aly El Shamy and Gabrielle Harris for her performance. “To have two of my teammates cheering me on and having that support,” she said, “it makes you want to go faster, just for them.” Her personal best times are an encouraging sign as Russell prepares for the Commonwealth junior trials next month. Though the 14-year-old said she’s nervous about the meet, she is looking forward to it and the opportunity to qualify for an international meet. “It would be kind of cool to know where I stand in the world,” she said.
The Dolphins had several other strong performances at the Niagara meet. Nil Pakkal, 12, won six medals (three gold, two silver and one bronze); El Shamy, 12, won two gold, two silver and a bronze while also setting three club records; Ashley Hodge, 12, also earned six medals (a gold, three silver and two bronze) and set a club record. Pavol Verona, 10, won five medals (a gold, three silver and a bronze); Joanne Chiarotto, 15, earned a gold and silver medal; and Michael Wang, 14, established seven club records on his way to three silver and three bronze medals. Reese Salisbury, Stefan Tanaskovic, Nicholas Wang, Avishka Delivera, Melissa Er, Gabrielle Harris, Kathleen Moore, Paige Moore, Dai Gao Wen, Helen Wu, Haomin Ye, Zheng Hu, Daniel Lai and Rally Lin each made finals.
2017 Niagara Championships Webster New York
This year will go down of one of the best competitions for Team Dolphins
Not only did the team place 3rd over all in Womens and Mens side of the competition we where 3rd over all as per Meet Mobile
Out standing swimming from
Sophia Lee age 10
5 New Niagara Records
7 New Club records
7 Gold Medals
Sophia has a total of 7 Records for the 10 under age group
Shannon Russell age 14
3 Niagara Records
10 New Club records 3 in Senior womens
7 Gold Medals
Nil Pakkal age 12
3 Golds, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze Medal,
Aly El Shamy age 12
2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze,
3 Club Records
Ashley Hodge age 12
1 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze
1 Club record
Pavel Vorona age 10
1 Gold, 3 Silver,
3 Club records.
Joanne Chiarotto age 15
1 Gold, 1 Silver,
Michael Wang age 14
7 Club records
If you wish take a look at the club records in Yards to see the great standards these swimmers are setting.
Other swimmers who made finals
Avishka Delivera, Melissa Er, Gabrielle Harris, Reese Salisbury, Stefan Tanaskovic, Nicholas Wang, Zheng hau, Daniel Lai, Rally Lin, Dai Gao Wen, Helen Wu, Haomin Ye, Kathleen Moore, Paige Moore,
In total out of 23 swimmers who represented Team Dolpin's 21 swimmers made it to finals.
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Many great swims where achieved at this competition and several swimmers added additional swims to their event list for the Championships upcoming in March 9th 2017 in Webster USA.
Gold medal swims from Reese Salisbury age 16 with 2 golds and 1 silver and 2 additional Championship standards.
Melessia Er age 10 Gold medals in 50 Back and 100 Breast stroke and 2 additional Championship standards.
Silver Medal and Bronze medal Olivera Tanaskovic age 15 in women's 400 and 200 free style
Daniel Lai age 11 silver medal 100 IM and championship standard.
2 Bronze medals swims from Avishka De Livera age 15 200 free style, Nicholas Wang age 12 100 breast stroke qualified Championship standard
Other swimmers who made finals and also additional standards for Championship competition.
Kathleen Moore age 12, Paige Moore age 12, Tyffany Patrier age 17, Valentina Chacon age 15, Andrew Dissanayake age 16, Zheng Hu age 17, Rally Lin age 11,
Next upcoming competition Championships Webster USA March 9th 2017