Young swimmers are smiling this week.

For the first time in two years, the Kenora Swimming Sharks hosted a meet where 161 swimmers from Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Dryden, Red Lake and Fort Frances competed and Kenora made an impressive showing.

Twelve-year-old Lauren Lucas and 10-year-old Tazio Mastromatteo both earned seven first place finishes. Also outstanding were Sadie Steffanson , Alex Illman and Liam Kyle.

Mastromatteo’s brother, Gabe, is home after getting three medals from the 2018 Canadian Swimming Championships, and he was in attendance to see the meet that is familiar to him.

“It’s pretty good. Being home is always fun, and even getting to the home meet that I used to come to as a little kid is always a good time. It’s nice to see the kids racing. I used to do the same thing, it’s fun,” Mastromatteo says.

The Sharks’ newest and youngest swimmers also had great results from the meet. Cole Johnson, 9, Markus Hvidsen, 8, Jaden Shore, 8, Clair Hammett, 8, and Noah Derouard, 9 took first place finished in the 25 metre races.

Coach Janet Hyslop says she could not be more pleased with her swimmers.

“We are working hard at rebuilding the club. These kids are the future,” she says.

The weekend focused on swimmer development and personal bests.

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