Western Canadian Championships - Day 3 Report

14 April 2019 (Edmonton, AB) - The third day is and we are over the hump! Shortly we will be on to the final day of racing - our club’s trademark strongest day. But, what, you ask, happened on Day 3? Addison & Hayden picked up a couple more Junior Nat times adding to the times we’ve had from Devon, Corah and Danael; and Payton has picked up two (2) senior trials cuts adding her second one today. 

Overall the swimmers performed as the coaches were looking for with the girls going 9 for 10 on improved times from the morning to night and 10 for 10 in improved rank from morning to night. The boys were just as good going 8 for 9 on time and 9 for 9 on rank. Those are pretty good metrics for the team and the coaches were encouraged by the improvement seen by the girls (as a whole) over the last couple of championship season periods where their numbers have steadily improved.

The Fish O’The Day Award was handed out last night based on some gutsy swims put up by our winner - including some very tough races last night and one heckuva relay at the end of the night. This youngster who has had some great swims and some swims that have struggled but, she has kept on moving forward each and every time showing some of her true colours at the very end of the night when her team needed her the most.

400m freestyle was our very first event with Ava Free dropping from a solid 4:29 in the morning to 4:26.66 at night for the silver medal. Ava had already picked up silver in the 800 and the 200 making this her third piece of hardware on the weekend.

Peyton Morey has already won the 100 back, the 100 free, the 100 breast and here, in the 100 fly, she was looking to make it four for four. Morey was once again in top form right on her best with a 1:23.32 swim and another gold medal win. 

Cole Pratt went a best time in the morning with  a 54.94 swim which was his first time under 55 seconds and out in 26.05 (28.89 second 50). At night in the finals he went out a little quicker in 25.71 and back slightly quicker again in 28.52 for the win in another best of 54.23.

The 200m backstroke is a bread and butter (everyday essential) event for the club that has given the club so many classic and memorable performances over the years. Who would be next to add another memorable milestone to the club’s long history in this event? Well, it could be Ella Varga. This youngster had the week of her swimming career last week in Toronto and it just keeps getting better. In our race tonight she was the class of the field winning by nearly two full seconds in a solid 2:15.65.

Our boys had Cole Pratt in the “A” final winning with a solid performance at 2:01.45.

In our 17&O “A” final the boys were looking to add some much, much needed team points as the Cascade crew had fallen more than 100 back for the Keyano Bears. They needed a 1-2 placing to still stay in touch in the bears. Seb Somerset did exactly what he needed to do putting together a nice race in 2:04.73 which was a two second drop from prelims to take the win. Sho Neilson, we were going to ask an awful lot from this kid later on (just wait for it), was also very good in the silver medal spot at 2:06.96 - almost a dead-even split for Sho in 1:03.08 / 1:03.88.

The last events of the night were the 4x100 Medley Relays for both the boys and the girls and with relays scoring double points they were extremely important!

Girls were up first with Payton Kelly, Isabelle Roth, Ella Varga and Ava Free (swimming in that order). Kelly was within 100ths of her pb leading out the backstroke in 1:04.48; Roth was rock-solid on the breast in 1:13.50; our butterfly put up a strong swim in 104.96 while our anchor leg looked like anything but an anchor in 58.22 at the end of the race. Final time was good for bronze in 4:21.16…which then became the bronze…then the silver…and then finally the silver. It is a bit of long convoluted story but suffice it to say that one team swam out of order, was disqualified, protested and then was reinstated on a technicality. All fun and games in the sport of swimming.

Our boys were in tough on this one. With three backstrokers and one freestyler in the barbershop quartet the coach, “maestros” had to adjust a number of things to get this one to all fit together. Seb was given backstroke lead-out duties (about 5 minutes after he had just finished the 200m backstroke race!) and swam a 57.14 leg. Breaststroke responsibility was put on the shoulders of Cole Pratt (who also had just gotten out of the backstroke event) who managed to put up his best ever split by two seconds in 1:05.33. Our flyer, also just out of the backstroke event, I told you we’d be asking a lot out of him, was Sho Neilson! What is interesting in this one and offers readers a keen insight into the inner workings of our coaches minds was that, in preparation for this very contingency they had Sho race the 200m butterfly event the other week at the Canadian Trials event in Toronto - where he crushed the family record in the 200m butterfly in 2:17.29 a record that had stood for almost exactly 12 months when his cousin (Isak Nash) had done the same time trial 200m butterfly event but in 2:30!  Glad that they had prepped Sho for this - he  crushed the first 50m in 27.57 and was back in 32.57 for a 1:00.14 split - his fastest ever! It then came down to the freestyle leg and Jacob Windsor was the anchor man. Windsor who has had a great meet all weekend long put up another solid performance for the team in  54.14 but it just wasn’t meant to be! Keyano edged past us and UVIC-PCS took the win in 3:54.35 - Cascade’s final time was 3:56.75. What a race and what a night.

Other best time results from finals:

100 Fly

Ella Varga, 1:04.15, 6th PB

200 Back 

Hayden Woodrow, 2:16.72 PB





Para medals are counted separately and Peyton Morey has four of them - all gold!

Team Points

There is an issue with the scoring and all scores are going to be reposted shortly - when we have them we will post the adjusted the scores for everyone.




Racing continues through Sunday night and as the points score indicates here…the fight is on!

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