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Six members of the Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club recently competed at the Provincial Festival Championships for 13 and under qualifiers. The meet was held in London at the Canada Games Centre, where close to 80 clubs from across Ontario were in attendance. “We had 6 swimmers qualify, which is up from the Winter Festivals where we had 2 swimmers qualify.” Says coach Elaine Thompson. Caleb Near (12) broke the boys 11/12 short course club record in the 100 butterfly (1:16.38) and placed 5th in the boys 12 year old 100 backstroke (1:10.97). Hayley French (10) swam all personal bests and placed 7th overall in the 100 butterfly as well as the 50 butterfly. “I was impressed with our swimmers, Caleb dropped 5 seconds in the 100 backstroke and Hayley took off a whopping 15.31 seconds in her 100 butterfly.” Adds Thompson. Owen Rosati swam 4 out of 4 personal bests as well, placing 16th in the 12 year old 100 backstroke. Chloe Smith (12) placed 18th in the 100 butterfly and was just .86 seconds off her personal best. Blythe Wieclawek (10) and Megan Widmer (13) were close to personal bests in all four of their individual events and both contributed to the 12/13 year old girls relay team with French and Smith.