Cyclone squad blows away the competition

Staff

It was a dazzling weekend in the pool for members of the local Cyclone Swim Club.
Eight of the squad’s 11 swimmers who attended the Dryden Dolphins “Splash” meet on Saturday and Sunday came away with medals.
Logan McFayden was “golden” in each of the nine events he entered in the male age 13-and-over division.
That included top honours in the 50m free (32.28), 100m free (1:19.25), 200m free (2:47.88), 50m back (41.88), 100m back (1:27.39), 50m breast (45.51), 100m breast (1:37.87), 50m fly (39.88), and 100m I.M. (1:32.27).
Gabe Gunderson, meanwhile, earned medals in eight of his nine events, finishing just shy of the podium in the other one in the male age 11-12 division.
He nabbed gold in both the 100m free (1:23.14) and 50m fly (43.40) while also snagging silver in the 50m free (36.48), 200m free (2:58.65), 50m back (43.81), 100m back (1:33.40), 100m breast (2:01.38), and 100m I.M. (1:42.19).
Gunderson was fourth in the 50m breast (58.95).
Jaykob Ryll claimed a total of six medals in the male age 13-and-over division, including silver in each of the 200m free (2:58.57), 100m back (1:38.02), 50m fly (44.69), and 100m I.M. (1:42.38).
He also earned bronze in the 100m free (1:23.45) and 50m back (43.99) while finishing just short of the podium in the 50m free (37.02).
Competing in the male age nine-10 division, Matthew Strain snared bronze in the 50m free (42.46) and also finished fourth in the 100m free (1:40.45).
Tanner Williamson, swimming in the age 13-and-over division, rounded out the male Cyclone contingent by earning bronze in the 100m breast (1:40.58).
He also finished just shy of the podium in the 100m I.M. (1:43.32).
Sarah Rittau was the top performer among the Cyclone girls, taking home hardware in each of her nine events in the female age 13-and-over division.
She earned gold in the 50m free (31.14), 100m free (1:08.48), 200m free (2:23.75), 100m back (1:18.74), and 100m I.M. (1:19.59).
Rittau also snagged silver in the 50m back (36.40), 100m breast (1:29.15), and 50m fly (35.70) while taking bronze in the 50m breast (41.73).
Isabella Avis earned seven medals in the female age 11-12 division.
That included a pair of silvers in the 200m free (2:57.89) and 100m back (1:32.64), as well as bronze in the 100m free (1:21.96), 50m breast (47.64), 100m breast (1:44.75), 50m fly (45.19), and 100m I.M. (1:33.97).
Avis also was just shy of the podium in the 50m free (36.78).
Paige McFayden garnered five medals in the female age 13-and-over division.
She snagged silver in the 100m back (1:25.75), and 100m I.M. (1:25.77) while also earning bronze in the 50m back (39.96), 100m breast (1:34.33), and 50m fly (37.52).
Abby Bone, Lynden Peters, and Mickenna Ryll also competed for the Cyclone but didn’t reach the podium in any of their events.
“The team did amazing,” enthused head coach Debbie Murray.
“[We had] awesome results with the majority of swims being best-time performances.”
“The swimmers enjoyed the meet and represented the Cyclone proudly with amazing team unity and all put forth a great effort,” she added.
The Fort Frances Aquanauts, meanwhile, had four swimmers compete in Dryden.
Odin Hansen, swimming in the male age 11-12 division, took top spot in the 25m back (28.01) as he was the lone competitor in that event.
Connor Sandelovich snared a pair of medals in the male age nine-10 division, including silver in the 100m I.M. (1:52.66) and bronze in the 100m free (1:39).
He also finished just shy of the podium in the 200m free (3:23.43) and 50m back (51.39).
Sophia Black and Jordyn Oster also competed for the Aquanauts but neither reached the podium in their events.
“The guys did great,” noted head coach Dawnn Taylor. “First-meet jitters and all . . . they are all looking forward to [the] next meet!”
Up next for both clubs will be a qualifier meet in Winnipeg on March 1-4.
“As for my seniors going to Winnipeg, they have a couple of hard-core practices this week, then start competition on Thursday,” Taylor said.
“All lights are green and [we’re] hoping for a great meet,” she added.

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