Swimmer makes history

Megan Mee does the breast stroke during a practice session last week at the Meadow Lake Aquatic Centre.

Megan Mee, 13, does the breast stroke during a practice session held last week at the Meadow Lake Aquatic Centre.

by Derek Cornet

Meadow Lake Manta Ray Swim Club member Megan Mee is all smiles after becoming the first swimmer from the Northwest to qualify for the Man/Sask Provincial Championships.

Members of the club recently returned from two championship swim meets in Prince Albert Feb. 28 to March 2 including the Saskatchewan Closed ‘A’ Provincial Championships and Saskatchewan Closed Junior Cup. Coach Jodi Nicholson-Hachey said the swimmers represented the club well and she was proud of their final standings.

“Our little club did very well and the swimmers showed a lot of spirit for one another,” she said.

In total, the squad won five gold, two silver and five bronze medals at the events. But, Mee – who has been swimming with the club for six years – made history. Competing in the 50-metre breast stroke in the 13 and 14 age category, she achieved a qualifying ‘AA’ time of 41.75 seconds in the final swim. Mee needed to swim 50 metres in 42.10 seconds to qualify for Man/Sask Provincial Championships March 13-16 in Winnipeg.

Nicholson-Hachey said it was a first for the club and feels Mee will do her best in the heated interprovincial championship swim meet. She noted Mee could be competing against not only swimmers from western Canada, but also from the United States.

“The best part of it all is she fractured her foot, but she was still given the OK by a doctor to compete,” she said.

Meadow Lake resident Daryl Pearson coached Mee for several years and said the Man/Sask tournament is the payoff for all her hard work. Pearson said he can remember the first swim meet Mee competed in and said, even at her young age, she showed potential.

“What makes Megan stand out is her sheer attitude and the fact she puts her heart and soul into training,” he said.

He also noted how important her achievement was to the club, stating her dedication and performance is an example the other swimmers can look up to. He said the other members can see one of their own climbing the ranks, which instills pride in the entire team.

Mee said she’s excited to go to Winnipeg and represent Meadow Lake at the interprovincial tournament. She said she’s been training hard to earn a qualifying time leading up to the latest tournament, which was her final opportunity to advance this swim season.

“I swim hard and practice, but I also stay involved for the exercise and the fun of it,” she said. “The club has made me a great swimmer and I’ve made a lot of good friends as well.”

Mee’s mother, Cori Mee, said she was proud of her daughter’s accomplishment and said she’s wishing her the best in the upcoming tournament.

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