Southern Alberta Provincials Day 2

After a successful first day the Dinos built on the momentum and the racing got better. Sunday morning can be a bit of a lull in fast racing but the UCSC troop stood up on the blocks and continued to race with heart, improving on their performances from the previous day.

The highlight of the morning came from the 13 & 14 boys 4 x 50 Medley Relay as they set a Canadian National record! Aiden Luykenaar, Kameron Brill, Josh Wong and Scott Garneau cut through the water like great white sharks eclipsing the old record previously held by the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club. Coach Dave and Lauren were extremely proud of their swimmers efforts.

Coach Dave commented on how resilient the Gold 14 squad has been throughout the meet. Teagan McKenzie set another club record in the 50 backstroke. “The group did just fine” and coach dave is looking forward to building on the momentum as G14 heads into Alberta Championships and Westerns.

Coach Lauren was pleased with the Black 14 squad as they continued to be aggressive on their races. The squad was focused on their 200 races on Sunday and the Alberta Championship times continued to pile up. Coach lauren thought the swimmers did a great job and dealing with “heart break” swims. Those are the races where you come ever so close to achieving a time standard and miss by only a fraction of a second. Congratulations to Trae Verjee and James Freemantle on achieving their first AB Champs time of the season! 

Coach Jared indicated that the Black 15 swimmers performed better than Saturday. Black 15 had a heavy weights session on Friday before the meet and it took a day of racing but the best times started to roll on in.

Coach Tao said that the Black 12 swimmers had strong efforts on Sunday. Swimmers are beginning to make the connection that it’s not just a physical effort that is required to swim a best time but the technical components of the  strokes, starts and turns need to be considered when executing a race. Jett Verjee achieved his first Championship standard in the 100 breast and eager to elevate his swimming to a new level.

Coach Caitlyn said the 5 swimmers from the Red 12 squad had a very successful swim meet. All 5 swimmers were at their first ever Provincial Champs and performed exceptionally well. Adair Pederson had a 15 second drop in her 200 back today!

Coach Greg continued with his busy coaching schedule today with the R14 and TREX squads. He was impressed with how well race plans were being executed and the improvement with the swimmer’s starts & turns. It was raining personal bests all weekend long!

I missed catching Coach Joylin this evening but I think TREX B had a successful meet. There was a moment in 200 free when Coach Joylin was waving my program in encouragement to one of her swimmers! It’s always inspiring to see a coach cheering on their swimmers to success.

The Gold 12 swimmers continued to improve on their day results. The mental toughness has improved tremendously since September and was particular demonstrated today. Races were being executed with confidence and swimmers were not afraid to approach the line of uncomfortableness and swim tough! Anne Lu and Isabella Korczewski swam fast enough to to achieve Championship times in the 200 breast and 50 fly respectfully. Kealeigh McLeod had a “heart break” swim of her own just narrowly missing the Championship time in the 800 free… but it really wasn’t a heart break swim as she is even more hungry for a champs time.

Swim Alberta offered all-rounder aggregate awards this weekend (4 x 50, 4 x100, 4 x 200 and distance (200 IM, 400IM, 400 Free, 800 Free)). When the waters had settled the UCSC swimmers walked away with many of the top spots. The list can be found on the Swim Alberta website.

The Dino's are looking strong as we head into the next round of competitions before spring break. Thanks to all the parents that volunteered their time this weekend to officiate. Also want to thank the parents for their efforts in keeping their swimmers fed, rested and shuttled to the pool this weekend. Without your support the swimmers cannot be successful. Enjoy your day off tomorrow, rest up there’s still a lot more goals to achieve.

Coach Jeff