Dutton snares four medals at swim meet

Fort Frances Aquanaut Rachel Dutton led a very strong team performance at the Division III swimming championships in Etobicoke, bringing home four medals.
Dutton captured gold in the 200m free, silver for the 100m free, and bronze in the 200m I.M. and 100m fly. She fell just short of a medal in the 50m fly with a fourth-place finish.
“All five were personal bests [times]. We thought she would do well but getting five for five is amazing,” said Aquanaut head coach Debbie Murray, who accompanied the team to Etobicoke.
Meanwhile, Karli McKinnon won a silver medal in the 100m fly while setting a new club record with her time of 1:15:81. She also captured the bronze medal in the 100m free.
Heather Dutton also brought home a silver, coming second in the 200m fly, while Boyd Badiuk captured silver in his 100m free race.
Overall, the Aquanauts put in a very strong performance, with all eight swimmers clocking a personal best. The others included Jamie Beadow, Ashleigh Dutton, Alyssa Holliday, and Nichole Lowey.
“It was wonderful, a whole lot better than I had anticipated,” Murray said.
“The enthusiasm and the team support was great,” she added. “You have to watch to know how hard these swimmers worked. They went beyond the call of duty, that’s for sure.”
Several other Aquanauts competed at the Crocus Open last weekend, which was hosted by the Manitoba Marlins at the Pan-Am pool in Winnipeg.
None of the swimmers came home with a medal, with only Jeff Plumridge advancing to finals (100m breast and 200m breast).
Also attending were Brendan Cumming, Steven Gushulak, Sarah McTavish, Alex Parent, Matthew Parent, Krista Scott, Jennifer Hawley, and Jessica Cousineau.