Winning tradition continues for Elm Park Pool

Michael Piasetzki
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Dollard des Ormeaux-based pool captured ninth straight NAA Big Meet

Ho-hum, one might say, another win for Dollard des Ormeaux’s Elm Park Pool at Saturday’s North Shore Aquatic Association’s (NAA) 44th annual Big Meet at Westpark Pool in Dollard.

Ho-hum, not. Ask those in the know concerning outdoor swimming in and around the West Island, and he or she will tell you flat out it wasn’t not just another Elm Park win at the frenzied event, which attracted about 570 outdoor and indoor swimmers from 17 pools, 16 of which were West Island-based. It was its ninth consecutive Big Meet victory, a stunning statement saying loud and clear the Elm Park coaching staff has been doing something right over almost the past decade. Something right, in the sense that year after year, even if they’re working with winter swimmers, Elm Park’s coaches can entice splashers to practice every day and try hard.

The meet, run under pleasant conditions considering all the rain that has fallen this summer, was the final step of a summer-long process aimed at determining the NAA’s top outdoor swim clubs in three separate categories. Elm Park finished first in the A division with a whopping 844 points, also giving it first-place overall honours in the NAA’s season-total combined grid with 3,615 points. Fairview Pool came in second at the Big Meet with 613 points, allowing it to also finish second overall in the combined grid with 3253 points while Glenmore Pool came in third at the Big Meet with 511 points and third overall combined with 2999 points.

Valleycrest Pool finished first in the Big Meet B division with 521 points, good enough to also place it first overall in the NAA season-total combined grid with 3,290, with Ecclestone slotting in second with 502 points, good enough for second-place overall combined with 3,216 points Host Westpark finished third with 423 points as well as third overall with a combined 2,934.

For those hoping for a change of guard in the coming years as far as the A division is concerned, think again. Elm Park also captured top honours in the under-eight category while Ballantyne was named most improved pool. <@CP>Chronicle, Eric Carriere<@$P>

Organizations: NAA, North Shore Aquatic Association

Geographic location: Elm Park, West Island

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