Long Course Regional Championships Nets 26 medals for SSMAC in Sudbury

SSMACSudbury Laurentian Swim Club hosted approximately 600 swimmers representing 24 teams from Northeastern Region and Huronia region for the 2015 Jeno Tihanyi Long Course Championships. Sault Ste Marie Aquatic club sent 19 swimmers to this event and finished strong, second in the region and sixth overall. SSMAC twelve and under swimmer Raili Kary, a Swim Ontario summer festival qualifier had four gold medals including the 800 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 Medley relay. Kary had four other medals including the 100 backstroke (silver), 200 Free Relay (silver) and the 200 freestyle (bronze).

Following closely behind was Logan Belanger, a Swim Ontario summer festival qualifier medaled in the 200 breaststroke (silver), 100 breaststroke (bronze), 800 freestyle (bronze) as well as a top eight placing in the 200 IM. Emma Reid, a Swim Ontario summer festival qualifier picked up two individual medals, including the 100 fly (bronze) and the 100 backstroke (bronze) and finished top eight in two other events (200 IM, 200 backstroke). Emma Stroyan, picked up a bronze medal in the 50 freestyle and finished in the top eight in three other events (100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle). Stroyan combined with Reid, Belanger and Kary for the winning 200 medley relay and Reid, Kary, and Jaime Biggar for the 200 free relay. On the twelve and under boys side, Cody Nadon had a medal in the 400 freestyle (bronze) and was top eight in four other events (200 IM, 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke).

Rounding out the 12 and under SSMAC scores was Carly Kohvakko, finishing eighth in the 200 backstroke.

Representing SSMAC well at her second consecutive long course event, seventeen year old Swim Ontario provincial qualifier Erin Lee picked up two medals, 100 breaststroke (bronze) and 400 Individual Medley (bronze). Lee was successful in placing top eight in the 200 IM, 200 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 200 breastroke. Following closely behind, Swim Ontario provincial qualifier Declan MacDougall had a three medals in the 100 fly (silver), 200 freestyle (bronze) and the 400 freestyle (silver).

MacDougall picked up three top eight placings including the 200 IM, 100 backstroke, and the 200 backstroke. Following closely behind, Alec Seccareccia medalling in the 200 breaststroke (bronze), 100 breastroke (bronze) and finishing top eight in the 200 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 200 IM, 400 IM. Also representing SSMAC well was Swim Ontario provincial qualifier, Alex Gelmych winning two medals including the 1500 freestyle, the 200 medley relay (bronze). Gelmych picked up four top eight placings in the 400 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 Free Relay. Kris Langevin, a Swim Ontario provincial qualifier won the 200 fly and medaled in the 800 freestyle (bronze). Kris picked up four top eight finals with the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 100 fly, and 400 IM. Competing in his final SSMAC meet,

eighteen year old Tyler Smith finished top eight in the 100 breastroke, 200 breastroke and 50 freestyle.

Also in the 15 and over category, Swim Ontario provincial qualifier Andrew Budau, finished top eight in the 200 backstroke, 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 FR. Budau combined with Smith, Gelmych and Langevin for the 200 free relay. SSMAC 200 medley relay had Gelmych, Smith, Budau and Langevin.

In the fourteen year old category, SSMAC newcomer Kaitlin Morrison had two medals in the 100 backstroke (bronze) and the 200 backstroke (silver). Morrison had top eight finishes in the 200 IM, 200 freestyle, and 400 freestyle. Also competing well in the fifteen and over age category was Mitchell Stroyan, lowering his times in all events while medalling in the 800 freestyle (Silver) and placing top eight in the 400 freestyle. Fourteen year old Lynnea Barker had a top eight in the 200 fly and the 200 breastroke. Both performances were lifetime personal bests.