Dolphins find continued success at Belleville meet

The Quinte Dolphins swim team is finding the short drive to Belleville’s Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre quite to its liking this season.

The Dolphins travelled over the Norris Whitney Bridge again Jan. 12-13 with eight swimmers competing in 44 individual events and a relay.

In those 45 events, the small club’s numbers were impressive once again.

Headlining the weekend was the a new club record that fell. Celia Reynolds recorded that standard with her swim in the 200-m breaststroke for girls aged 11-12.

McKinley Miller also had a great weekend, delivering a regional qualifying time in the 200-m breaststroke for boys aged 11-12.

Dolphins combined for new personal best times in 37 of the races they entered. They had 13 top eight finishes and six podium placings in a competition with nine other swim clubs with competitors coming from as far away as Oshawa and Petawawa.

Coach Jim Anfield noted that not a single Dolphin failed to record a new best time at the meet — proof that their hard work in the pool at the Prince Edward Fitness and Aquatic Centre is paying off.

At the end of the meet, Miller was on the podium three times, Matthew Petracca twice, and Quinn Middleton once. Olivia Demianchuk, Gwin Gillingham, Grace Heaney (who competed in her first 13-and-over meet) and Kate Jones also contributed.