Taylor shines in pool

FORT FRANCES—Fort Frances swimmer Donovan Taylor once again is making waves at the national level.
The 13-year-old brought home three medals, while recording personal best times in all seven of his races, from the 2008 Short Course Junior Provincial swimming championships in London, Ont. earlier this month.
“He swam very well,” said Dawnn Taylor, his mother and coach with the Fort Frances Aquanaut Swim Team. “No one has brought provincial medals back to Fort Frances.”
Taylor was the lone Aquanaut in London but even as a one-man team, the club managed to top more than half the teams in the field (he wound up in a tie for 33rd out of the 70 teams there).
Making three trips to the podium, Taylor earned a silver medal and two bronze.
His time of 57.21 seconds in the 100m freestyle was good enough for second place while his 2:19.65 time in the 200m I.M. secured a bronze medal.
Taylor also grabbed bronze in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:16.42.
While he didn’t medal in his other four races, the teen still exceeded his own expectations.
“Each swimmer is limited to seven races,” Dawnn Taylor noted. “All seven were personal bests. It was great.”
In fact, her son barely missed out on a handful of additional medals—finishing in fourth place in his other four races (100m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 50m freestyle, and 200m freestyle).
The competition at the four-day meet was impressive, with more than 1,000 swimmers aged 17 and under taking part in more than 5,000 races.
Taylor now is looking forward to travelling to Calgary in June for the national meet. “It will be great to get experience, and to get out and swim with the big boys,” he remarked.
As a result of his strong performance at the Junior Provincials, Taylor has jumped up the rankings both provincially and nationally. His silver medal in the 100m freestyle bumped him up to a #2 ranking in Ontario and the #4 ranking nation-wide.
Meanwhile, he’s moved into the #3 spot in Ontario for the 200m backstroke (#6 nationally), and has landed at #4 in both the 200m freestyle and 200m I.M. in Ontario.
(Fort Frances Times)