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Thomas Boyd makes waves at Ontario Summer Festival

Thomas Boyd has closed out the 2013-2014 swim season in style.
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Emily Dodge, 10, won a gold medal in the 200m backstroke at the East Side Mario's Invitational Swim Meet May 3. Supplied photo.
Thomas Boyd has closed out the 2013-2014 swim season in style.

The 12-year-old representing the Sudbury Laurentian Swim Club recently captured three gold medals and an equal number of silver medals while taking part in the 2014 Ontario Summer Festival in Nepean.

His victories in both the 50m freestyle (26.67) and 100m freestyle (59.13) established new club and regional records, breaking the marks that he had set at meets hosted locally over the past few months.

Boyd also took first place in the 200m freestyle, finishing second in the 100m and 200m backstroke, as well as the 200m individual medley. The "Summer Festival" is, more or less, the end of year provincial championships for athletes aged 13 and under.

Joining Boyd with multiple podium placements was teammate Hannah Nordquist (11), earning gold in the 100m breaststroke (1:22.67) and silver in the 200m race (2:56.92).

Ali Bertrim, also from the SLSC, rounded out the list of local medal winners, claiming silver in the 50m butterfly (35.66), while clubmates Isabella Mastroianni, Everett Smith and Kelly Thompson also cracked the list of top-eight finishers.

Both remaining local swim clubs were represented by one athlete apiece, with both youngsters ranking in the top eight, as well. Joseph Deni (Nickel City Aquatics) placed fifth in the 100m breaststroke (1:18.64) and sixth in the 200m (2:51.39), while Ryllie Tryon (Valley East Waves) earned bronze in the 200m backstroke (2:32.15), sliding back just one notch for fourth place in the 100m event (1:10.85).

Rounding out the local crew of participants were the SLSC quartet of Jeremi Aubin, Philippe de la Riva, Emily Dodge and Jordano Piccoli, as hundreds of young swimmers across the province worked feverishly through the first half of 2014 to try and attain the standards needed to qualify for Festivals.


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