Gators win second place in meet

Ponoka’s Gators swim team placed second overall at their swim meet hosted July 21.

Nesha Soosay races to the end of the pool

Nesha Soosay races to the end of the pool

Ponoka’s Gators swim team placed second overall at their swim meet hosted July 21.

The Red Deer Marlins took first place.

Ponoka had 38 swimmers in the meet and 195 swimmers attended.

Emma McCormick, who’s been swimming for eight years, placed well in her age 15 to 17 events.

“I was doing triathlons and I found I wasn’t very good at swimming,” McCormick said.

While she still does triathlons, McCormick now swims competitively. “I usually place first or second.

Emilie Unrau, a swimmer from Red Deer, was set to break a provincial record in the Girls 11 to 12 100 SC Meter Long Back.

However, she fell short.

According to meet manager Todd McTaggart, Unrau is the fastest swimmer in Summer Swimming Alberta in that event.

‘That status in our zone is a big deal,” McTaggart said. “She’s in the running.”

Ribbons were given out to swimmers if they beat their personal best times. Those who placed in the top six were given ribbons, and aggregate medals were given in gold, silver and bronze.

The gators received 2 gold medals, 3 silver, and 4 bronze aggregates.

There was also a trophy for a family relay race. McTaggart said that since the relay event was formed three years ago it’s gone to a Ponoka family every year.

“We’re keeping it at home,” McTaggart said.