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Aquanauts, Cyclone shine at Narwhals meet

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The Fort Frances Aquanauts and Cyclone Swim Club teams were able to bring home some hardware from the Northwest Narwhals Long Course regional meet over the weekend in Thunder Bay.

The Aquanauts racked up 39 medals in total, much to the delight of coach Dawnn Taylor.

“They all did very well and surpassed my expectations,” she lauded of her swimmers.

Ayiana Gagne had the best showing among the girls, earning medals in all nine of her events in the age 13-14 division.

That included gold in each of the 100m free (1:05.59), 200m free (2:26:.21), 400m free (5:09.97), 100m breast (1:26.71), 200m breast (3:13.01), and 200m I.M. (2:45.83).

She also claimed silver in each of the 50m free (31.47), 50m fly (1:22.63), and 100m fly (1:22.63).

Her sister Anna, meanwhile, was able to snag medals eight of her nine events in the same division.

That included silver in each of the 200m free (2:39.35), 400m free (5:44.85), 50m back (37.95), 100m back (1:24.26), and 200m back (2:59.91).

Anna Gagne also snared bronze in each of the 50m free (33.01), 200m breast (3:42.47) and 200m I.M. (3:01.58).

In the age 15-and-older division, Piper Danylchuk nabbed gold in each of the 100m free (1:10.63), 200m free (2:39.86), 200m fly (3:28.68), and 200m I.M. (3:05.57).

She also snared silver in both the 50m free (32.29) and 400m free (5:48.20) and took home a pair of bronze in the 50m back (39.10) and 100m fly (1:32.13).

And Sophia Black snagged a bronze in the 50m breast (57.30) in the age 13-14 division.

William Serrano was tops among the boys, taking home medals in all nine of his events in the age 15-and-older division.

That included gold in each of the 200m free (2:22.81), 50m back (32.22), 200m breast (3:20.49), and 200m I.M. (2:42.97).

He also snagged silver in both the 100m free (59.87) and 400m free (5:39.36), while also taking home bronze in each of the 50m free (27.53), 50m breast (41.23) and 50m fly (30.66).

Trigg Hemstad wound up with a trio of medals in the age 13-14 division.

That included a silver in the 200m breast (3:36.40) and a pair of bronze in the 50m breast (43.90) and 100m breast (1:43.29).

And Connor Sandelovich was golden in the 100m fly (2:03.02) in the age 11-12 division.

“I wouldn't say any one swimmer stood out. The team worked as a cohesive unit,” Taylor enthused.

“They really worked well together and had a great weekend,” she added.

As for the members of the Cyclone, they were able to rack up 12 medals in total.

Competing in the male age 15-and-older division, Logan McFayden nabbed gold in the 100m fly (1:25.56) along with a trio of bronze in the 100m breast (1:41.01), 200m breast (3:40.45), and 200m I.M. (3:07.22).

Sarah Rittau had the best showing among the girls on the Cyclone, taking home a total of seven medals in the age 15-and-older division.

That haul included silver in each of the 100m free (1:12.87), 200m free (2:42.14), 50m breast (44.18) 100m breast (1:36.38), and 200m I.M. (3:08.11).

She also snared bronze in both the 200m breast (3:42.54) and 50m fly (36.51).

Isabella Avis rounded out the medal finishes for the Cyclone, snagging gold in the 50m breast (49.75) in the age 13-14 division.

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