July 30, 2012
Last week 1600 swimmers aged 18 and under cooled off in the waters at the Talisman Center, Calgary. The Canadian Age Group Summer Championships (AGN) are the primary year end focus for these caliber athletes. The event took place over 5 days, each day having preliminaries and finals. Unlike the Canadian National Championships that were held two weeks ago, the AGN meet is divided into age group categories.
The LA swim club was represented by seven swimmers; Joshua Freund, Kaelan Freund, Aidan Godwin, Seth Harasem-Mitchell, Scott Hunter, Vince Sljuka, and Leah Troskot.
Kaelan Freund had fantastic showing winning three individual medals in the 13 and Under Boys Category. In the 400m IM Freund fell behind the pack on the fly and back, but pulled back into the race on the Breaststroke leg. On the free he battled and finished with a Silver medal. “He showed great composure, not panicking after the fly but, built momentum on the second 50m of backstroke and the breaststroke portions of the race” said head coach Brad Mori.
Freund also picked up two bronze medals in the 50m and 200m breaststroke events. “His stroke has really improved over the year. He’s staying lower and focusing on moving the energy forward.”
Kaelan just missed medals in the 200 IM and 100m breaststroke events, touching in 4th.
Aidan Godwin cracked the elite 8 final in his breaststroke specialty. In the 200m event, Godwin improved almost 4 seconds and qualified under the National Championship OPEN standard. “This was a super swim for Aidan. He’s had an outstanding month of racing.” Godwin finished 4th in the 100m breaststroke, and 5th in both the 200m and 50m.
Leah Troskot also swam into the top 8, as an 16-18 year old finalist. Troskot placed 5th in the 100m freestyle. “Unfortunately for Leah, she had food poisoning of some kind and was not feeling very well. Based on her results from the National Championships in Edmonton she had the ability to win a few events this week.”
In the last two weekends 10 club records have been broken. Troskot broke the 50m and 100m freestyles for 15-17 and OPEN. Rachel Nicol broke the 200 IM OPEN record. Freund set a record in the 13-14 50m Breast. Sljuka broke the 13-14 100m fly by over 2 seconds this past weekend. Godwin, took down Jeffrey Nicol’s 100m record for 15-17 boys. And finally David Errington bettered his own club record in the 50m breaststroke OPEN.