Aquanauts make several best times in Kenora

The Fort Frances Aquanauts were led by some of their younger swimmers last weekend at the annual Kenora Invitational, with Meghan Hebert and Karli McKinnon both achieving best times in seven out of their eight races.
Head coach Debbie Murray noted several other Aquanauts also nailed down personal bests at the weekend meet.
Hebert, 12, recorded best times in the 50m free (35.18), 100m free (1:23.14), 200m free (2:56.75), 100m breast (1:47.99), 200m breast (3:43.23), 50m butterfly (41.72), and 200 IM (3:18.72).
McKinnon, 10, clocked personal bests in the 100m free (1:19.79), 200m free (2:53.85), 100m back (1:31.40), 50m breast (53.95), 50m butterfly (42.72), 200m butterfly (1:40.61), and 200 IM (3:20.47).
Murray said she was impressed with how her swimmers performed in Kenora, especially considering it was the first meet of the season for many of them.
“We had a good mix of swimmers and they all did very well,” she enthused, noting 28 Aquanauts made the trip. “Overall, all of our swimmers did very well and that’s the result of their training.
“[And] because they’ve been swimming hard [in practice], the best times were what we expected,” she added.
Other top swimmers included Lindsay Smith (six of eight best times), Alyssa Holliday (five), Jamie Beadow (four), Timothy Green (four), and Richard Allan (four).
The Aquanauts now have just a few weeks of training before they send a dozen of their top swimmers to the Prairie Winter Invitational in Winnipeg on Dec. 3-7. Murray said they will continue to train hard for that meet, which attracts some of the best swimmers in central Canada.
“Our swimmers have been training hard for that one, and some of the time standards this year were very tough to qualify,” she noted, but predicting her swimmers also perform well there.
“This year we have a good team–a strong team that has good group size and good development,” said Murray. “And our beginner swimmers continue to get better with faster, quality strokes.
“They continue to develop better technically,” she added.