Cascade Age Group Food Bank Challenge Day 1 Report

24 November 2017 (Repsol Sport Centre, Calgary) - Day 1 of the Cascade Age Group Food Bank Challenge was a hit out of the park for everyone here with a number of great swims, best times and superstar performances from all of our novice kids. While the name of the meet is the Age Group “Challenge” we should know and appreciate that the challenges these swimmers all face come in all different shapes and forms. For a lot of swimmers this is their very first ever swim meet that has heats and finals; for others some of them are getting a chance to try events that they have  never done before, the 100m butterfly seems to be a perennial favourite of the coaches to try here; many of our novices are trying a tonne of things for the very first time and whatever the “challenge” in front of them these kids were up for it as evidenced by the results for our swimmers.

Not only did we see countless number of personal best performances but so many of our swimmers loaded up with all sorts of podium performances pulling off the Phelps necklace at the end of the night loaded down with all sorts of hardware.

Day 1 Highlight Reel

Parker Deshayes picks up first ever Provincial Qualifying time in the 200m backstroke in prelims with a 3:11.16 followed by a 3.09.73 swim at night.

Daniel Dennison led out the 4x50 Free Relay in a lifetime best time making his first ever provincial qualifying standard in 35.27.

Drew Hallett took off more than a full minute and ten seconds in the 200m backstroke making his first ever lifetime final in the boys 200m backstroke.

Kadin Werner Enns made his first ever championships qualifying time the boys 50m backstroke.

Caleb Gaine took the gold crushing two minutes off of his lifetime best in the 1500m freestyle breaking the magic 20 minute mark in 19:57.

The TAG Gold and TAG Blue squad collectively had a 95% improvement rate from the prelims to the finals on day 1!

Triple and quadruple medal performances came from a number of swimmers including Caitlyn Kennedy, Corah Wilson, Maddy Connell, Max Angus, Joey Molnar and Victor Jerkovic and almost too many others to count!

Also, with the Swim Alberta cancellation of what was supposed to be next week’s Swim Alberta Cup, the meet management team had to do a bit of a pivot to make an opportunity for those displaced swimmers here at the Age Group Challenge. Cascade had 14 swimmers in that boat along with swimmers from Edmonton Keyano and Red Deer Catalina and a number of them put up some big numbers here at the pool on Day 1. The performance program coaches had to deal with the last minute change and quickly rejig their week’s training to be able to get the “off the block” moment that they needed from the meet this weekend, and not the following weekend, and as per usual the coaches with all their experience did a great job with it. Those 14 swimmers managed a number of seasonal bests including a couple of provincial records as well. Alexander Pratt, the World’s Junior Record Holder in the mixed 4x100 FR and gold medalist from last summer’s World Junior Championships, dropped eight seconds in the 200m backstroke; Sarah Knott crushed a solid 1:11 swim in the 100m breaststroke while Alex Katelnikoff, a member of Canada’s national junior team who recently returned from the open water World Cup in China and Hong Kong, put down a gold-medal swim in the boys 100m breaststroke and 200 free.

Results are all available on Meet Mobile (including FREE heat sheets) as well as online through these live results links:

LIVE RESULTS - North Pool Prelims and ALL Finals

LIVE RESULTS - South Pool Prelims