July 23, 2012
asdasdf asdfsdfqIn Edmonton, nine Lethbridge swimmers took to the waters for the Swimming Canada Summer National Championships.The Lethbridge was represented by Nicole Cossey, Kristy Gabruck, Rachel Nicol, Leah Troskot, David Errington, Tiha Konyves, Jeffrey Nicol, Ryan Thornley, and Matthew Mastromatteo.
In the 100m Breaststroke Rachel Nicol swam to a life time best 1:09.12 to take the bronze medal.Surprisingly, with all of Rachel’s successes this was her first ever National Championship Medal. “It was a fantastic swim. She was second at the 50m turn, and 1st at the 75m mark, the race became a dog fight in the last 20m and came down to the touch.The winner was a 1:08.94, second was 1:09.00 and then Rachel”.Nicol also swam to a 5th place finish in the 50m Breaststroke, and a 7th place finish in the 200 IM.
Horns co-Captain, Ryan Thornley, qualified for his first ever National Championship Final in the 50m fly.In the preliminaries Thornley posted a personal best time of 25.27 and was going into the finals ranked 3rd.At night, Thornley lowered his time to a 25.01 and tied for 4th. “This was a great meet for Ryan” marked Head Coach Brad Mori. “Thornley has come a long way in the last 3 years, it’s going to be fun to watch his senior years!”.
Also swimming the top 16 consolation finals were Nicole Cossey, Leah Troskot, Kristy Gabruck, and David Errington.Errington posted a best time and new club record in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 29.77. In the 50m freestyle Troskot won an exciting swim off to qualify for the final spot in the consolation final. In the final she came out second.Cossey also swam in the consolation final and posted a very good time.In the 100m Free consolation, Troskot to the win. “She looks so long and easy, but is swimming so fast” said Mori.
Post UofL Graduate Kristy Gabruck swam the final meet of her career.In Edmonton she posted a consolation appearance in the 50m breaststroke.Gabruck retires as a 5 time CIS national championship qualifier, and current school record holder in the 50m breaststroke.Gabruck competed at Olympic Trials and several National Championships.
In Winnipeg, Paralympic Team member Zack McAllister was tuning up for the Games at the Can-Am Para Swimming Championships.With no shave and taper, Zack posted a very good weekend.He won two gold, 100 Free, 400 free, and 4 silver medals, 50 fly, 200 IM, 50 free, and 100 fly.This was Zack’s last competition before the Games at the end of August.He flies directly to Flagstaff AZ for a two week high altitude camp.He will return to Lethbridge briefly in August before he heads out to London England.