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Host Seals rule DC meet

Almost the entire Seals Swim Club showed up to race this past weekend in their home pool where they won the overall meet title and saw one of their members break a 10-year-old meet record.

Almost the entire Seals Swim Club showed up to race this past weekend in their home pool where they won the overall meet title and saw one of their members break a 10-year-old meet record.

"It was a pretty good turnout," said Dawson Creek Seals Swim Club coach Genevieve Jin who pointed out that 59 of the 76 swimmers registered with the local summer swim club competed Saturday and Sunday at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre.

The Seals won medals in most every division and many set personal best times, but the event was highlighted by Kelsey Ginter's new meet record in the Division 5 100-metre breaststroke.

Ginter was coming off a first-place Division 5 performance at the first swim meet of the season in Prince George two weeks ago and took about a second off the old record this past weekend.

At that Prince George meet, some of the Seals were disqualified for such things as improper wall touches. Jin worked on that with her swimmers over the past couple of weeks and will continue to work on that with the youngsters who are new to the sport.

"Everybody got lots of best times and there were fewer DQs than we had expected, but there were still DQs. But for some of the swimmers it was their very first swim meet and it's a learning process. So we are still learning."

The Seals will continue to train mornings and afternoons to prepare for the three other meets on the northern summer swim circuit. The next meet of the season is in two weeks in Quesnel.

With one meet title under their belts, the confidence level of some of the Seals will, no doubt, get a boost.

"When we take a title here and then go somewhere else the little kids, especially, get confidence out of it."

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