Clarington's Aleena Luetchford tops podium at swimming championships

Community Mar 22, 2015 DurhamRegion.com

LAVAL, QUEBEC -- Members of the Clarington ROC swim club competed at the Eastern Canada swimming championships, with one of its members returning home with a gold medal.

Magic happened for Clarington's Aleena Luetchford at the competition at University of Laval in Quebec. The 14 year old was ranked 13th overall going into the 50m butterfly event. By the end of the day she was on top of the podium with a gold medal round her neck. Her time ranked her No. 1 in Canada in her age group.

Not only was she the Eastern Canada champion, but she also swam fast enough to qualify for the Pan American Games trials at the new Pan Am pool in Scarborough, where she hopes to earn a spot on the Pan American team.

Luetchford also completed in the 100m butterfly event with a seed time of 1:06.12.  She made the finals with a preliminary personal best time of 1:04.75.  In the final, she got the bronze medal with another personal best time of 1:03.64.  

Luetchford started her swimming career at the age of nine. Her mom and dad knew she was a fish when they removed her lifejacket at their home pool and she proceeded to swim from one side to the other completely underwater.  That’s when they decided to enrol their daughter in the Clarington Swim Club, first as a novice swimmer. A year later she began to compete. It was then that she began to set her goals on achieving personal best performances at meets.  

Her dedication to swimming and the training required is evident by the attitude she brings to the sport. She trains six days a week and on the seventh day plays waterpolo with the team. She is a Grade 9 student at Bowmanville High School.

The Clarington Swim Club has not had a swimmer qualify at this level in about 15-17 years, however, the club has seen an increase in the number of swimmers qualifying for championship meets, provincial meets and national meets in recent years.

Clarington's Aleena Luetchford tops podium at swimming championships

Qualifies for Pan Am trials

Community Mar 22, 2015 DurhamRegion.com

LAVAL, QUEBEC -- Members of the Clarington ROC swim club competed at the Eastern Canada swimming championships, with one of its members returning home with a gold medal.

Magic happened for Clarington's Aleena Luetchford at the competition at University of Laval in Quebec. The 14 year old was ranked 13th overall going into the 50m butterfly event. By the end of the day she was on top of the podium with a gold medal round her neck. Her time ranked her No. 1 in Canada in her age group.

Not only was she the Eastern Canada champion, but she also swam fast enough to qualify for the Pan American Games trials at the new Pan Am pool in Scarborough, where she hopes to earn a spot on the Pan American team.

Luetchford also completed in the 100m butterfly event with a seed time of 1:06.12.  She made the finals with a preliminary personal best time of 1:04.75.  In the final, she got the bronze medal with another personal best time of 1:03.64.  

Luetchford started her swimming career at the age of nine. Her mom and dad knew she was a fish when they removed her lifejacket at their home pool and she proceeded to swim from one side to the other completely underwater.  That’s when they decided to enrol their daughter in the Clarington Swim Club, first as a novice swimmer. A year later she began to compete. It was then that she began to set her goals on achieving personal best performances at meets.  

Her dedication to swimming and the training required is evident by the attitude she brings to the sport. She trains six days a week and on the seventh day plays waterpolo with the team. She is a Grade 9 student at Bowmanville High School.

The Clarington Swim Club has not had a swimmer qualify at this level in about 15-17 years, however, the club has seen an increase in the number of swimmers qualifying for championship meets, provincial meets and national meets in recent years.

Clarington's Aleena Luetchford tops podium at swimming championships

Qualifies for Pan Am trials

Community Mar 22, 2015 DurhamRegion.com

LAVAL, QUEBEC -- Members of the Clarington ROC swim club competed at the Eastern Canada swimming championships, with one of its members returning home with a gold medal.

Magic happened for Clarington's Aleena Luetchford at the competition at University of Laval in Quebec. The 14 year old was ranked 13th overall going into the 50m butterfly event. By the end of the day she was on top of the podium with a gold medal round her neck. Her time ranked her No. 1 in Canada in her age group.

Not only was she the Eastern Canada champion, but she also swam fast enough to qualify for the Pan American Games trials at the new Pan Am pool in Scarborough, where she hopes to earn a spot on the Pan American team.

Luetchford also completed in the 100m butterfly event with a seed time of 1:06.12.  She made the finals with a preliminary personal best time of 1:04.75.  In the final, she got the bronze medal with another personal best time of 1:03.64.  

Luetchford started her swimming career at the age of nine. Her mom and dad knew she was a fish when they removed her lifejacket at their home pool and she proceeded to swim from one side to the other completely underwater.  That’s when they decided to enrol their daughter in the Clarington Swim Club, first as a novice swimmer. A year later she began to compete. It was then that she began to set her goals on achieving personal best performances at meets.  

Her dedication to swimming and the training required is evident by the attitude she brings to the sport. She trains six days a week and on the seventh day plays waterpolo with the team. She is a Grade 9 student at Bowmanville High School.

The Clarington Swim Club has not had a swimmer qualify at this level in about 15-17 years, however, the club has seen an increase in the number of swimmers qualifying for championship meets, provincial meets and national meets in recent years.