A pair of Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club swimmers are raising their profile.
Ali Kudo and Jordan Tucker, qualified and competed at the Elite Swim Ontario Race on Oct. 16 in Toronto .The race by Swim Ontario helps identify athletes who have the potential to reresent Canada on the international stage.
Both swimmers raced well at their first sanctioned racing opportunity since last year's COVID shutdowns.
Tucker, a national level para athlete, beat her record in the 50m Butterfly event. Although her previous record will continue to stand as the time trial race included both male and female swimmers and clearly stated it would not result in records. The time trial race was instead a good measure of Tucker’s work since her last racing opportunity and shows a strong start for the upcoming season.
“It was great to swim in a race again. I have really missed racing and it was fun to see how my training has worked. I was nervous at first because it's been so long but I did it! I swam a best time,” said Jordan Tucker in a press release.
Kudo competed in the 400 metre and 200 metre freestyle events, finishing within three per cent of her personal best times. Kudo’s times in the time trial outpaced her results in any previous October racing opportunity, an encouraging set of results for an early in the season race.
"I'm so glad that I was able to race again after so long,” said Kudo.
“It seems kind of surreal to have official times again after all the time away from racing last year. I wasn't super happy with my results, but it's still pretty early in the season, and I am looking forward to working hard and more opportunities to race this season.”