Kelten Fawcett is a role model at the PotashCorp Civic Centre. He lifeguards, he teaches, he coaches. For the Sussex Swordfish, he trains and races. For the Sussex Regional High School Sonics, he wins medals! Kelten won two gold in the 50 and 100 breast-stroke and a bronze in the 100 individual medley at the recent high school championships. Kelten’s scores allowed the Sonics to place 7th for the varsity boys out of 15 teams and 11th out of 19 teams for overall varsity.
Both Kelten Fawcett and Abby McKinley represented New Brunswick in swimming at the 2017 Canada Games. Abby swims for the Fundy Tide and Saint John High School. Although I bet Kelten can run well too, Abby answered the bell in cross country this past fall for Saint John High. Abby and fellow top swimmer Maia Grant helped the junior girl greyhounds win the provincial title in cross country.
Maia Grant and Abby McKinley seamlessly blended their swimming and running to transition right into swim meet mode. At the provincial championships, Saint John High School won both the men’s and women’s varsity titles. Maia and Abby were on the gold medal medley relay team. Abby won the 50 and 100 butterfly and the 100 meter individual medley. Abby’s time in the 100 butterfly was a new high school record. Maia won gold in the 50 breast-stroke and silver in the 100 breast-stroke.
It is a huge individual achievement to break a high school event record but I am sure Abby took as much pride in the top performance of her team. Abby is arguably the top swimmer on the Greyhounds but her team spirit drove her to support the cross country team as well where she was the 5th ranked runner.
In fact, if you look at the top 5 runners on the 2018 Saint John High junior girls provincial champion squad, you see incredible devotion to more than one sport. #1 Erin Vringer is a star soccer player. #2 Maia Grant is a star swimmer. #3 Ella Rocca is a star soccer player. #4 Claire Oliver is a star speedskater. #5 is Abby. All five are Canada Games calibre in their other sport from cross country.
Last spring, Kelten Fawcett participated in a swim-run relay with college cross country champion Hannah Arsenault. Maybe this spring, Abby and Maia push him to try both disciplines!