(WINDSOR, ON) – To alert the small complement of spectators attending this weekend’s Western Region Long Course Swimming Championship, a voice over the public address system lamented about the number of scratches. With expected swimmers not showing up to the Swim Ontario sanctioned event, hosted by the Windsor Aquatic Club, many of the races had a surplus of lanes and a shortage of swimmers.
The meet was designed to attract both male and female swimmers, from about ten years of age to seventeen. A source told The Square the reason for the no-shows is most likely distance.
He explained the event attracted swimmers from all across Ontario, as far away as Ottawa, and swimmer-rich Toronto. In many cases, faced with the long drive to Windsor, he said, swimmers simply backed out.
The number of swimmers who dropped out of the meet was not available from officials. Swim Ontario official, and WAC Board Secretary, Carla Mallett, refused to comment on the no shows.
Only a few WAC swimmers topped the finals.
Nicole Depooter won the women’s 17 and over 100m butterfly with a time of 1:12.03. Quinn DeGraaf placed first in the men’s 15 year-old 400m freestyle.
The Windsor Essex Swim Team fared better.
Karolina Konior topped the 15 year-old 100m butterfly while Antonia Gheorghita won the 14 year-old’s event. Team member Isidora Sekaric won the 14 year-old 400m freestyle while Amber Lefler took the women’s 17 and over. Jack Kawa won the men’s 15 year-old 100m butterfly with a time of 1:06.72.