ALPS season capped off at Beaurepaire
Last Saturday saw 22 local outdoor swimming clubs assemble at Beaurepaire pool for the annual Association of Lakeshore Pools (ALPS) swimming finals. Youngsters aged eight and up gathered to represent their home pools in the meet that brings an end to the summer’s competitive swimming season.
Leading in first-place finishes were the Club Aquatique Ville Ile Perrot, Cedar Park and Westmount Municipal pools, which each ended the day with five victories. However, it was the Windermere Aquatic Club that emerged as the big winner, claiming the John Pratt Trophy, awarded to the team garnering the most total points. They edged Westmount by just 2.5 points, the difference between a first and third place finish in any given race.
Guillaume Bergeron-Miron, who won the 13-14 year-old boys butterfly and backstroke events, led the club. His time of 00:28.20 in back crawl broke the ALPS record set at last year’s final by Westmount’s Mark Ferguson. Also chipping in with a couple of medals was Max Hunger, who took second place in the eight-and-under boys breaststroke and third in the eight-and-under boys freestyle. The team did well in the relay races, winning the 9-10 year-old girls and the 13-14 year-old boys divisions.
Piling on the accolades, Windermere also earned the John Finn Trophy for the second consecutive year, awarded to the team with the most total points in the 10-and-under events, something that bodes well for the future as the club’s young members mature.
Joining Bergeron-Miron as winners of two races were; Lauren Kuzak of Beaconsfield Heights, (freestyle and butterfly, eight-and-under girls); Patrick Hussey of Beacon Hill, freestyle and butterfly, eight-and-under boys); Western Lachine Recreation Centre’s Jillian Pauletto, (freestyle and breast stroke, 9-10 girls); Bao Duyen Nguyen of Lachine, (11-12 girls freestyle and back stroke); Beacon Hill’s Olivia Paskulin (11-12 girls breast stroke and butterfly); and Marc-Andre Cormier of Cedar Park, (11-12 boys breast stroke and butterfly). <@Cp>Chronicle, Keith McAuliffe <@$p>