Shark Attack swimmers wind up successful season

(Submitted photo) Nathalie Russell, middle, competes for the St. Stephen Shark Attack in the finals of the women’s 50m backstroke at the Atlantic Cup.

ST. STEPHEN – The St. Stephen Shark Attack swim team capped off a successful season with their final event last weekend in Saint John where three athletes competed.

Charlee McLaughlin, 13, had three personal best times in five events. Twelve-year-old Nathalie Russell competed in eight events and had six personal bests, including three AA-level times. Gentry Taylor, 15, had four AA-level times and four personal bests from eight events.

(Submitted photo) St. Stephen Shark Attack swimmer Gentry Taylor competes in the men’s 400m freestyle heats at the Atlantic Cup.

Head coach Karl Russell said the team has youth swimmers from age seven to 17 and, in October of last year, added its first masters level swimmers, one of whom is 65 years old.

The swim season starts in September and concludes with the Atlantic Cup, which is the event held last weekend.

“We competed in 20 meets this season with 798 swims,” said Russell. The team had 125 new times, which is a time in an event a swimmer has never competed in before, 299 personal bests, 127 B-level times, 44 A-level times and 73 AA-level times. B-level time is the first level of qualification needed to participate in higher level events like the Atlantic Cup.

The team has been competing for five years and this year had 27 team members.

Anyone interested in being part of the team can find information on the team Facebook page.