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Western Canadian Championships Recap

Western Canadian Championships Recap 

                         

The team had a bit of an up-and-down competition this past weekend in Edmonton. While best times were difficult to come by, we did however move up the rankings in almost all of our events. The meet overall was slower in the morning, but if you were able to get into finals, good times could be attained at night. A successful meet overall, and a great learning experience for many of the swimmers as they were either first-time competitors at a national-level meet, or were coming off back-to-back meets from World Trials into Westerns.
 
One of the main highlights from the weekend came from Caileigh Luis (16) who snagged a big best time in her 200 IM, taking off 4 seconds, placing 3rd, and attaining her Senior National Cut all at once. She had more best times during the weekend in her 100 Breast and her 100 Backstroke. David Wang (14) competed at his first-ever Westerns meet and had a full event load with 5 events plus 2 relays, and highlighted his individual events by taking off over a second in his 200 Backstroke. Blake Currie (15) was just outside of medal position, taking 4th in 100 Breast with a best time of 1:14.40. Thor Olafson (16) placed 2nd in the 50 Free, and 4th in the 50 Backstroke with a best time of 27.19. Shannon Miller (18) took a best time in her 50 Fly and contributed to a 7th place relay team in the 4x100 Medley Relay. Benji Eyre (18), competing in his first meet with the team this season, took 7th overall in the 200 IM. Alex Turvey (17) swam a full event schedule with 5 events plus 4 relays, with a high placing of 9th in the 50 Free, 100 Fly, and 100 Free. Ramon Siytangco (18), competing in the S14 category, placed 5th in the 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, and 200 IM, along with 4 best times on the weekend.
 
Overall, we had some awesome results sprinkled into a meet that was a little sluggish, especially in the mornings, and came away with many lifetime bests. The Westerns swimmers are on a training break this week before they head into their next training cycle leading them into competition at the Mel Zajac Jr. International meet at the end of May.
 
Go VPSC!