Charlottetown – PEI swimmers had great success in the CARI Pool this past weekend at the 2008 East Coast Swim Championship. Against some very tough competition from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Team PEI finished in fourth place overall.

Charlottetown Bluephins head coach Kelly O’Connell says, “This was the most successful group of swimmers that I have ever had the privilege of coaching.

The atmosphere was electric all weekend.”

Individually Island swimmers claimed a number of medals and many set new personal best times.

Here are some of the results for Team PEI.

  • Gold Medalists: Andrew Brawn – 200 Breaststroke, Paige Crowell – 100 and 200 Breaststroke, Molly Wedge – 100 freestyle
  • Silver Medalists: Molly Wedge – 50 and 200 freestyle and 50 fly, Laurel White – 50 backstroke, Andrew Brawn – 50 breaststroke and 400 IM, Paige Crowell – 50 breaststroke, 13-14 Girls 200 Medley Relay, 11-12 Girls 200 Freestyle Relay.
  • Bronze Medalists: Laurel White – 200 freestyle, Molly Wedge – 100 butterfly, Mary Whitrow – 50 breaststroke, Maggie Finkle-Aucoin – 800 freestyle, 11-12 Girls 200 Medley Relay, 15 & Over Girls Medley Relay, 13-14 Girls 200 Freestyle Relay.
  • 4 athletes selected to the Atlantic All Star Team that will travel to Ottawa in May. Athletes selected are Paige Crowell and William Ablett from the Charlottetown Bluephins Swim Team and Molly Wedge and Andrew Brawn from the Summerside Dolphins Swim Club.
  • 6 athletes qualified for National level meets. Qualifying for Age-Group Nationals in Calgary in July are Paige Crowell, Andrew Brawn, Emily Finkle-Hammer, Andrew Harding, and Mary Whitrow. Qualifying for Eastern Canadians are Paige Crowell, Emily Finkle-Hammer, Molly Wedge, Mary Whitrow, and Virginia Arsenault.

The 2008 East Coast Short Course Championship was hosted by Swim PEI and the CARI Pool in Charlottetown. The event was considered a ‘test event’ for the upcoming 2009 Canada Games on PEI. Officials from the Canada Games, Swimming Canada and the Aquatic Federation of Canada were on deck to evaluate this meet. Unofficial word is that organizers passed with flying colours.

PEI will host the 2009 East Coast Short Course Championship at the CARI Pool in one year’s time.