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Guelph Marlins host first swim meet since early 2020

100 local swimmers get back to racing
Time trial warmup Nov 8 IMG_5478
Excitement was in the air as nearly 100 swimmers from the Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club (GMAC) participated in a swim meet on Sunday, November 7th, the first hosted by the club since February 2020 and kicking off racing for this swim season. Both new and returning Marlins embraced the opportunity to be back on the blocks, testing their strokes and skills in an in-house time trial, turning in notable performances and shaking up GMAC’s Top Ten rankings.

Jenna Walters placed in the GMAC Top Ten for age 15 & over in two events, posting times of 26:77 in 50m freestyle and 57:98 in 100m freestyle. After the time trial, Jenna said, “It felt great to race again and it was an exciting first meet back. I’m looking forward to when we can compete against other teams and parents can watch in person.”

Julian Twist placed in the GMAC Top Ten for age 11-12 in three events, posting times of 32:18 in 50m butterfly; 1:02.94 in 100m freestyle; and 27:15 in 50m freestyle. After the time trial, Julian said, “It felt great getting back in the water after such a long time off because of COVID.  My family and I moved to Guelph this summer so I was excited to get to race with the Marlins for the first time, and it felt good to have a great team and coaches to support me.”

Also notable, Jordan Tucker beat her own Canadian Record in 50m butterfly but her existing record continues to stand as Sunday’s time trial included both male and female swimmers.

Sunday’s in-house time trial was a preparatory meet in compliance with Swim Ontario’s Back to Racing plan, which enables clubs and swimmers to gain experience with the racing environment and covid safety protocols. On December 3rd and 4th, GMAC will host a multi-team meet including Region of Waterloo, Lakeshore and Halton Hills Swim Clubs. Subsequently on the morning of December 5th, an in-house time trial will be held for GMAC’s pre-competitive swim groups, the Blue Marlins and Marlins House League, providing an opportunity for new and younger swimmers to get accustomed to racing. Another in-house time trial for GMAC’s competitive swimmers will be held in the afternoon of December 5th.  GMAC will continue to offer in-house time trials to ensure our athletes have the opportunity to race all events as each multi-team event can only include a limited number of events while maintaining covid safety protocols. 

About the Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club:  Founded in 1969 and proud to be newly sponsored by Speedo, The Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club is an inclusive organization and welcomes full participation of all individuals in our comprehensive learn to swim, pre-competitive and competitive programming and activities led by certified coaching staff with decades of experience.  Most years, our instructors teach more than 900 swimmers over the Fall, Winter and Spring sessions of Swim Lessons. In the2020/2021 competitive swimming season, 11 Guelph Marlins athletes qualified for Olympic trials and 2 Para Athletes qualified for Para-Olympic Trials.  Guelph Marlins Para Athlete, Jordan Tucker, is a Canadian record holder in the 50m and 100m Butterfly. Follow content curated by senior Marlins swimmers on Facebook and Instagram.