Youth swimming

Cyr, Fuller spotlight impressive skills, help key Maine stars in Canada

Talented duo earn first places, set state records
By Staff | Apr 04, 2018
Courtesy of: Tara Wagner Penobscot Bay YMCA Sailfish swimmers Emma Cyr, left, and Kailin Fuller.

St. John, N.B. — Penobscot Bay YMCA Sailfish Emma Cyr and Kailin Fuller, along with nine other 11-12-year-old female swimmers, represented the USA Maine Swimming Inc. all-star team at the New Brunswick long course championships Friday through Sunday, March 23-25 at the Canada Games Aquatic Center.

Twenty-one teams participated, including 22 swimmers and four coaches from Maine.

In the end, Cyr and Fuller more than proved they belonged, as they displayed their impressive pool skills. Cyr finished first in the 200-meter backstroke and as a member of the 800-meter relay, while Fuller was a member of the winning 400-meter medley relay.

The talented duo, who also helped their relay teams set state records, were instrumental as Maine finished seventh with 428 points.

Swimmers needed an "A" national age-group motivational time in order to participate in events. The pool athletes were allowed to swim a total of six events and three relays over the three-day meet. Swimmers swam prelims in the morning and had to be in the top eight in their age group or top eight overall to compete in finals at night.

Cyr had "A" long course meter cut times for the 50/100/200 breaststroke, 200 back and 50/200/400/1,500 freestyle.

Fuller had "A" long course meter cut times for the 50/100 free and 50 breast.

The individual results for the Sailfish were:

Cyr: 200 back/first, 50 breast/tied for fourth, 200 breast/fourth, 400 free/fourth, 100 breast/sixth and 200 free/sixth for 31.5 points/ninth among 60 11-12 girls.

Fuller: 100 free/sixth, 50 breast/eighth, 50 back/ninth, 400 free/seventh, 50 free/sixth and 200 free/eighth for 10 points/three-way tie for 16th among 60 11-12 girls.

Cyr also competed in the girls 12-and-younger 800-meter (4x200 relay) with Cookie Mahoney, Abigail Hollis and Nina Rozeff. The foursome finished first with a new MSI 11-12 girls 800-meter (4x200 relay) record of 10:17.62.

The previous record was set last year with a time of 10:33.05 by Ali Bragg, Kate Hahn, Maddie Bunnell-Parker and Ebba Heaton-Jones.

Cyr and Fuller also competed in the girls 12-and-younger 400-meter medley relay on separate teams. Both foursomes broke the MSI 11-12 girls record for the event, as Fuller's team finished first and Cyr's ended second.

The previous record in the event was set last year in 5:34.78 by Ali Bragg, Olivia Cunningham, Audrey Cohen and Kate Hahn.

In this year's meet, Fuller swam the freestyle leg and her teammates were Abigail Hollis, Finley Smith and Nina Rozeff. The group finished first in 5:14.70. Cyr swam the butterfly leg and her teammates were Holly Moss, Katie Hankinson and Cookie Mahoney. The foursome finished second in 5:17.76.

On the final day of the championships, Cyr and Fuller competed on the same 12-and-younger girls 400-meter free relay. Their teammates included Cookie Mahoney and Katie Hankinson. The foursome finished second in 4:48.63, just behind the other Maine team of Abigail Hollis, Nina Rozeff, Sarah Agren and Holly Moss, who carved out a winning time 4:45.62.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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