November 18, 2019
On Friday, our team travelled to Prince George for the CBIG Fall Invitational Swim Meet. We had 20 swimmers participate in this swim meet – this was the second away meet and first multi-day meet for 3 of them (Dexi Stewart, Montana Russell, Gavin Reedman), and the first away meet for another 3 of our swimmers (Holly Frost, Ethan Butt, Rachel Butt). It was great to see our newly competitive athletes do so well and have so much fun. This swim meet is a busy one, often swimmers don’t have very much time between races (some had to hop out from one race and get right behind the blocks for their next one), and yet almost every swimmer outperformed and exceeded expectations.
Over the weekend, we saw an outstanding 5 new individual and 1 new relay records set. Gabrielle Knox holds the new record for the 100m IM and crushed a record set in 1993 in the 400m IM; Cristelle Panida almost had a clean sweep, setting records in the 50m and 100m Fly, and just barely missing the 200m; and Morgan Langford now holds the record for the 50m Backstroke. The Girls 13/14 A Medley Relay Team – Morgan Langford, Gabrielle Knox, Cristelle Panida and Peyton Bailey – swam an incredible race and set a new club record of 2:09.77, beating the old record set at this meet last year by 7 seconds!
We also had some new Provincial times being achieved by a few of our swimmers. Jordyn Stokes not only took off 7.46 seconds from her 200m Fly time (which she made two weeks ago) but also qualified for Age Group Provincials in this race by just over 6 seconds. Braedi Hamar, who recently aged up, made her first Provincial time in her new age group in the 200m Backstroke, and Jadyn Grant also made her first Provincial time in her new age group in the same race. A couple of our swimmers dropped a significant amount of time off their previous best times, getting significantly closer to some really challenging qualifying times. Aliya Grant began her 200 IM almost 15 seconds away from Provincials, and now sits 5 seconds off.
In a highlight of the weekend, we saw 4 swimmers make it into the Eliminator Event. Based on their IM swims earlier in the meet, the top 8 Female 12&under and the top 8 Male 12&under swimmers face off in a series of elimination swims. Each group races 50m of each stroke in a random order (the winner of the race chooses the next stroke but the strokes can’t be repeated). Each round, two swimmers are eliminated until the final head-to-head race in the 4th round. It was so exciting to have so many swimmers participate in this event this year. Rowan Smith and Jadyn Grant made it into the first round, Aliya Grant made it to round 2 and Ethan Butt made it all the way to the third round. All four of them swam incredibly hard and it was incredible to watch them step up to the challenge and do so well!
Our Swimmers of the Meet were Aliya Grant and Ethan Butt – not only did they make it the furthest in the Eliminator, but they both had amazing swims throughout the weekend. Ethan really stepped up for his first meet and it was easy to watch him and forget that this was all new to him. He swam like a pro. Aliya looked like a different swimmer in the water and blew us all away with her drive and performance. Beast mode is officially unlocked for her.
Congratulations to all of our Blue Fins – we hope you are all proud of your accomplishments this weekend, your coaches and teammates sure are! We can’t wait to see this momentum continue as we start training for Kamloops, which is only a month away. Let’s go Blue Fins!