Aquanauts reap rewards of hard work

Aquanaut Donovan Cousineau earned the high points trophy for the male 10 and under category at the Thunder Bay Thunderbolts International Invitational last weekend with three first-place finishes, one second, four thirds, and one seventh.
He also improved his time in the 200m I.M. by 21.91 seconds.
Cousineau, whose gold medals came in the 100m backstroke, 200m free, and the 100m free events, was one of 18 swimmers Aquanauts coach Roman Ramirez took to the meet.
“I’m really excited for them,” he remarked.
Those swimmers earned 105 personal best times and 23 medals. As well, Heather Dutton, Karli McKinnon, and Jessica Lowey earned their provincial qualifying times in long-course swimming.
“I improved my swimmers, I can say that now,” said Ramirez, obviously thrilled by the results.
Lowey, competing in the female 10 and under category, swam to two first-place finishes—the 50m breaststroke and the 100m breaststroke.
She also placed second in the 200m I.M., as well as earned third-place finishes in the 50m backstroke, the 100m free, and 50m free.
Nicole Lowey earned two silver medals in the female 13-14 category (the 100m breaststroke and the 200m breaststroke) while Andre Emond brought home a bronze in the male 10 and under 100m breaststroke, improving his time by more than three seconds.
Rachel Dutton earned five medals—two silver and three bronze—in the female 13-14 category. She placed second in the 100m and 200m free and third in the 800m free, 100m backstroke, and 50m free.
Heather Dutton, capping off a very successful week, got a bronze medal in the 200m butterfly, improving her previous best time by 2.71 seconds.
Jennifer Jonassen, also swimming in the female 13-14 category, improved her time in the 100m backstroke by 18.36 seconds as well as dropped 12.27 seconds in her 100m free.
And Rebecca Armit (female 11-12 category) improved her time in the 100m backstroke event by 16.53 seconds.
For the Fort Frances Cyclone, the Thunderbolts meet was a successful end to their season.
“I took seven swimmers [and] they did extremely well,” said coach Debbie Murray. “All the swimmers had 100 percent best efforts and best times.”
Conner Crook and Daniel Murray both made the finals in the 200m breaststroke in their age group.
Peter Jensen swam in five finals, capturing a bronze medal in the 50m free for his age group. He also earned a sixth-place showing in the 100m butterfly and three eighth-place finishes.
The Cyclone team members now have a chance to take a break from the pool before getting back into training this fall.