Chesterville’s Rippin’ Racers tie for 5th with Winchester at Aug. 21 swim meet

Seen in image above: Kaliane Godue of Russell and John-Gordon van Kessel compete in separate events at the annual Chesterville swim meet, Aug. 21. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — You know that summer is ebbing away when the Rippin’ Racers hold their annual swim meet. And while the weather was rainy, it was wet in the pool anyway.

The squad of local swimmers hosted the event Aug. 21, and when all was said and done, they left the water tied with cross-township rivals Winchester in fifth place. Prescott topped the team standings this year, followed by Kemptville, Johnstown/Cardinal, and Russell. Sixth and seventh place went to the Moose Creek and St. Andrews teams, respectively.

Among Rippin’ Racers, Lauren Meharg and Matt Pereria took the highest number of first-place finishes for the Chesterville team. Meharg’s three individual wins also earned her a medal on the day.

Overall ribbons captured by the Chesterville team included:

Fly stroke – Girls
Age 13 & 14, 50m – Jaymee Cranham (3rd)
Age 11 & 12, 25m – Olivia Pereria (2nd)
Age 9 & 10, 25m – Shealyn Elliot (5th)
Age 8 & under, 25m, Madison Garolough (3rd)

Fly stroke – Boys

Age 7 & 8, 25m – Luke Larossa (7th)

Breast stroke – Girls
Age 11&12, 50m – Mackenzie Dumolin (6th)
Age 13&14, 50m – Jaymee Cranham (6th)
Age 9 &10, 25m – Olivia Pereria (3rd)
Age 7 & 8, 25m – Taylor Laroque (6th); Alice van Kessel (8th)
Age 6 & under, 25m – Lauren Meharg (1st); Marissa Latimer (5th); Madison Garlough (6th)

Breast stroke – Boys
Age 13 & 14, 50m – Matt Pereria (1st); Thomas Buckle (3rd)
Age 11 & 12, 50m, Eric Devries (2nd)
Boys 9 & 10, 25m, Carter Latimer (3rd); John Gordon (5th)

Back stroke – Girls
Age 11 & 12, 50m – Emma Gaudette (2nd); Ainsley Gordon (5th); Mackenzie Dumolin (6th)
Age 9 & 10, 25m – Shealyn Elliot (2nd)
Age 7 & 8, 25m – Mateja Kalinovic (6th); Alice van Kessel (7th)
Age 6 & under, 25m – Lauren Meharg (1st); Marissa Latimer (6th)

Back stroke – Boys
Age 13 & 14, 50m – Matt Pereria (1st); Owen Latimer (4th)
Age 9 & 10, 25m – Carter Latimer (2nd); John Gordon (5th)

Free stroke – Girls
Age 13 & 14, 50m – Jaymee Cranham (3rd)
Age 11 & 12, 50m – Emma Gaudette (3rd)
Age 9 & 10, 25m – Olivia Pereria (3rd)
Age 6 & under, 25m – Lauren Meharg (1st); Madison Garlough (7th)

Free stroke – Boys
Age 13 & 14, 50m – Thomas Buckle (2nd); Matt Pereria (3rd)
Age 11 & 12, 50m – Eric Devries (3rd)

Individual Medley – Girls
Age 13 & 14, 100m – Faith McRae (5th)
Age 11 & 12, 100m – Emma Gaudette (2nd)

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