July 10, 2019
10 July 2019 (Edmonton, AB) - Back in action on Day 3 saw the Cascade Alberta Championships swim team putting up another strong slate of events at the storied Kinsmen Sports Centre in Edmonton’s river valley. The 100m butterfly, the 200m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 200IM, 50m backstroke as well as the 400m freestyle and 4x50 Medley Relay were all on the sked for the night.
Also, a little side note on the Sheehan excursion out west - Dawson was crowned Canadian youth champion and his sister Payton, won the 12-13 year old race! Dawson made it back in to town on Saturday night - to be there in time for Sunday’s racing! As an aside-side note, Russell Pennock (senior national qualifier 1500m freestyle a few years ago) finished 2nd overall at the Canadian triathlon championships.
In the 1st event up for Day 3 finals - the 100m butterfly - Ella Varga went a best time to claim bronze in 1:03.17. Varga has been getting better and better in the butterfly over the last 12 months and this was a nice 8/10th of a second personal best for her on the day.
Our 200m breaststroke medal came from Matt Ketchin who made a big drop from his prelims time of 2:30.68 down to 2:26.75. Matt put up two solid last 50m splits that were almost identical in 37.95 and 37.97 to go 2:26.75 and claim the bronze.
The 50m freestyle event was another opportunity for big Kaden Werner Enns to flex his muscle in the sprint. 26.64 in prelims and then a bit quicker at night in 26.55 for gold. Our boys 16&O “A” final saw Sebastian Somerset just narrowly miss out on the gold medal by a tenth of a second swimming down to 24.26 for the silver. Peyton Morey added more hardware again in this event with her 32.57 silver medal swim.
Kaden Werner Enns swam his 200IM in 2:28.97. In the final of the boys 14-15 year-old event Addison Butler dropped nearly a second of his lifetime best after qualifying third in 2:18.88. At hight Addison was the class of the field hitting 28.41 on the fly, 37.08 on the back, 38.73 on the breast and then 31.48 on the free for 2:15.70. Hayden Woodrow was seeded in only 2:21 and went a best time of 2:18.87 in the morning prelims to put into one of the middle lanes at night. In the finals Woodrow was solid everywhere on his splits out in 31.04 then 34.19 on the backstroke. Breaststroke was 42.35 before putting up the fastest freestyle split of the field in 30.12 - final time for the silver medal was 2:17.70.
Aden Goetz became our latest Alberta Championship Champion title holder in this next one, the 50m backstroke. Goetz qualified in first by a little more than a half-second in 32.78 and then held nothing back in the final- getting down to 32.50! The time broke the 17 year-old Club Record of 32.62 that had been set in 2002 by Brittany Ozar. She is the fastest 12 year-old the club has ever had in the 50m backstroke. That is quite a statement considering all those great backstrokers that we have had who have come before her - all of whom have picked up national medals, made some kind of national team or even broken Canadian national records: Payton Kelly, Ella Varga, Alexandra Butler, Ingrid Wilm and Brooklynn Snodgrass. Of note, Ingrid Wilm was 4th this weekend in the 100m backstroke at the WUGS (World University Games) in Italy and picked up the bronze medal in the 4x100 Medley Relay.
The girls 15&O saw a pair of medals from a couple of those backstrokers we have already mentioned - Ella Varga and Alex butler went 2-3 with a silver to Butler in 30.22 and bronze to Kelly 30.42. Our male backstrokers were equally as prolific in the medal tally with Caleb Gaine taking our first in the boys 14-15 year-old category in a 29.70. In the big-boy category Cascade went 1-2-3 making it a podium sweep for the blue & gold for the first time on the weekend with Somerset using his powerful start and great underwater to take the win in 26.69. Stephen Hou was next for the silver in 27.46 with Mathieu Cyr moving up from 8th to the bronze in 28.02.
One of our newest Junior National Qualifiers - actually, she is our newest! Kiera Kennedy was up next in the 400m freestyle. Kennedy won the 1500m freestyle on day 1 making her qualifying time - here in the 400m freestyle she just missed the standard but took the win in 4:48.39. It was a solid display of tactics on her part out in 2:23.39 and then back in 2:25.00 - despite not getting another junior cut she did manage another best time by two seconds while taking the win. One of the swimmers making a character statement all weekend long about how he swims was young Kaden Werner Enns. Enns was winning all sorts of races all weekend long with his trademark finish at the end of the race that saw him blowing by the field to take his wins. He did the same thing here tonight in this 400m race behind by 8/10ths of a second going into the last leg and then ahead by the same amount at the finish of the race - 4:28.44 for the win and a 9 second drop from prelims to finals which amounted to a 4 second personal best for Werner Enns. Our boys 16&O saw great effort out of Youssef Maksoud down to 4:09.40 - 2:04.04 & 2:05.36. Maksoud is in the midst of preparation for the Canadian Swimming Championships happening in August in Winnipeg.
The last event of the night was another record breaking race for the club as the 11-12 year-old girls took the silver medal in club record time: 2:13.17. Aden Goetz led the backstroke out in 32.98, Maddy Connell was next on the breaststroke in 36.23, which was then followed up by Alexa Warren on the fly in 33.77 before Helena Moore closed in 30.19. That record had stood since 2001 surviving numerous close assaults on that record put up by Jesse Wardhale, Brittany Ozar, Madison Mackley and Brooklynn Snodgrass - the old time was 2:14.19. It was a fitting end to the day for ye’ Old Cascade!
Current overall team rankings after Day 3:
1. UCSC 1435
2. EKSC 1104.5
3. CASC 915
4. OSC 666
5. CP 300
6. RDCSC 283.5
7. KSC 158.5
8. LASC 149
9. GP 144.5
10. NCSA 121
Full Results can be found here through the Cascade Swim Club’s website: LIVE RESULTS.