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Port Perry resident to compete at provincial swimming stage

SCUGOG: Port Perry resident and Prince Albert Public School student Savannah Coenen will be taking part in a provincial swimming competition later this month.

The 11-year-old will be heading to Windsor for a provincial swim meet competition running Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 23rd. She recently qualified for the provincial competition at the Central Regional B Championships, held at the Markham Pan Am Pool.

“I’m kind of excited because it is my first time [competing in provincials],” Ms. Coenen told The Standard.

The 11-year-old is a member of the Ajax Aquatic Club and has been competitive swimming for about a year and a half.

“I just find it fun to be able to go to meets and compete against other teams, and leave school early to go to swimming meets,” Ms. Coenen said.

Ms. Coenen’s passion for swimming began at her family’s cottage north of Kingston.

“I usually just swim in the lake there, and I just started to enjoy swimming more, and I went into this pre-competitive thing, and I liked it, so I went into competitive [swimming],” she explained.

Ms. Coenen added that her best strokes are the butterfly and breaststrokes.

She and her family moved to Port Perry about five years ago, and have seen a lot of support from Prince Albert Public School staff.

“Her teachers are very supportive of [her swimming],” Wendy Coenen, Savannah’s mother, said. “She works really hard, she puts everything into it, so it’s good to see her have success.”

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