July 7, 2019
06 July 2019 (Edmonton, AB) - Day 2 of the Alberta Swimming Championships in Edmonton brought plenty of action to bear for the Cascade crew as they not only battled hard against the war of northern aggression in the pool (from the mighty Keyano bears) but the bat-sized mosquitos that also call Edmonton’s river valley home.
First events of the night were the 200m freestyle races with all sorts of action in the pool from Cascade. Kiera Kennedy took the silver in 2:18.34. Kaden Werner Enns was next in the boys 13&U category which was another opportunity for Werner Enns to show everyone that monster back end of the race that he is becoming known for. 2:03.05 was his gold medal winning time and new Canadian Junior Qualifying standard - out-splitting the field by two seconds on the last 50 of the race! In the next age-category Addison Butler continued to make strides in the 14-15 year-old category as a new 14 year-old. Addison swam a lifetime best in 2:02.03 taking the bronze. Our last 200m freestyler, Youssef Maksoud, swimming in the men’s field of 16&O swimmers had a lifetime best of 1:55.67. In the morning he was solid under the two minute mark in 1:57.8 - at night even better in 1:55.90 for bronze.
Our mad-dash-for-the-cash 50m breaststrokers were up next and Cascade was having to rely on one of our very youngest swimmers to get us some hardware as she was one of our few finalists in the event. It ended up being a barnburner of a race with Maddy Connell getting overneath 37 seconds for the very first time in grabbing silver in 36.96.
The deux cent metre papillon is one of those classic Cascade races that has seen all sorts of success for us as a team at all different levels of meets. This event was no different as Matt Ketchin took the bull by the horns in this one (boys 16&O age category) pacing like a champ the whole way. 3rd at the 50, 2nd at the 100 Ketchin finally decided to take the lead at the 150m mark hitting the wall in first for the very first time in the race. Matt held off a late charge by fast finishing Kier Pryzwitt to take the title in 2:09.15.
In the 100m backstroke the Canadian, Albertan and Club Record book is replete with the names of Cascade legends (current and future). Writing their name on that wall, perhaps, came first from young Aden Goetz in the girls 12&U age category. Aden had qualified 5th with a 1:13.27 swim which was just over her best time. At night she was on it though with a great start in one of the outside lanes and first to the 50m wall in 34.99 before finishing hard in 1:11.69. In the girls 15&O category it was a stacked final with two of Canada’s senior national team athletes in the field as well as one Development (jr) team swimmer and one jr-id team swimmer! Ella Varga was 1:04.06 in the prelims and on the same time again at night for a 1:04.46 bronze medal swim. Our boys were as equally exciting as Caleb Gaine and Hayden Woodrow both put up new best times taking silver and bronze respectively in 1:03.43 and 1:04.52. Our older lads put on a bit of show with Sebastian Somerset laying out one of his best ever in-season swims in 56.94 seconds to take the Alberta Championship title. Seb still has the Canadian Juniors and the Canadian Swimming Championships all still to go in preparation for the big one this summer - the World’s (the entire earth’s…) Junior Championships in Budapest. In our para multi-class event, Peyton Morey, added some more hardware to her treasure trove with a bronze medal in 1:20.17.
All it took was a six-second PB from Hudson Wowk, no problem for him, in the 400IM to get down to a medal. Hudson was 5:17.58 just barely missing the silver with a great close on the last 50m of freestyle. Another lifetime best in the boys 14-15 year-old age category gave all-around all-star Hayden Woodrow the silver medal with his 4:54.67 - a best time by more than a full second.
The relays were the last event of the night with the young’ens swimming the 4x50 FR and the older’ens swimming the 4x100 FR. The boys 13&U swam the 4x50 with Kadin going 26.44, Hudson at 28.53, Max at 29.45 and Jason swimming 29.97. Final time 1:54.39. In the boys 14-15 relay the Cascade crew was golden with Hayden going 56.82 on the lead-out taking almost a second off of his best time from the spring championships; Kaethen was next in 57.54; Addison was the fastest he’s ever been in 55.14 and Kaden anchored in a great 55.59. Final time for the boys 3:45.09. The “B” team was also on the podium with some more good swims out of these young guys: Danael led out in 58.09; Caleb was 58.61; Adam was 57.73; and Isaac Milne held on for the bronze with a great finish in 58.45. Final time for the “B” team boys was 3:52.88 for 3rd. Our last relay medal came in the 16&O boys event as downtown “coach” Parker Brown led the team out in Canadian Junior qualifying standard of 53.23! Jacob Windsor was next in 53.92 which was followed up with a great split at 51.93 from Sebastian Somerset; Youssef Maksoud was also the best he has ever been in 52.84. Final time of 3:31.92 for the silver medal.
Current overall team rankings after Day 2:
1. UCSC 810
2. EKSC 724.5
3. CASC 558
4. OSC 393.5
5. RDCSC 191
6. CP 148
7. GPP 92
8. KSC 83
9. LASC 71
10. MAVS 64
Full Results can be found here through the Cascade Swim Club’s website: LIVE RESULTS.