February 9, 2020
Quesnel Meet Press Release
This past weekend, a number of swimmers from the Williams Lake Bluefins Swim Club traveled to Quesnel for the annual Waveriders Gold Pan Swim Meet. While many of the senior swimmers only attended one day and used the opportunity to practice their racing skills ahead of Provincials, Western Canadian Championships and Olympic Trials, the team were still able to obtain impressive results.
"I could not be prouder of our swimmers this weekend and Im so excited to see them carry this momentum forward into the next couple months of competitions," said Senior Coach Amanda Nemeth.
In the 200 IM - a race where swimmers must compete in all four strokes - Aliya Grant set the tone for the meet with a stunning race, blowing past the provincial qualifying time by close to 10 seconds. Her efforts had her placing first in her age group for this event, while Jadyn Grant snagged third place. In the 13 and over age group, the Bluefins swept the podium with Rebecca Elefson and Peyton Bailey tying for 2nd and Taylor Fitzgerald taking 1st place. In the boys 13 & over category, Jadyn Johnston clinched the first place prize.
Aliya also made back-to-back qualifying provincial times in both her 100m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle.
The Swimmers of the Month for January - Gavin Reedman, Saphira Hohert and Rebecca Elefson - stepped up and demonstrated why they deserved the title. Their hard work paid off in spades with big best times and truly excellent swims. Gavin placed 2nd overall aggregate for 10 & under boys, Saphira placed 1st aggregate for 10 & under girls and Rebecca made the top 3 for 13 & over girls.
The Swimmer of the Meet was Braedi Hamar. "Braedi blew everyone away with an incredible 100m backstroke, dropping 3 seconds in one of her best swims - a feat not easily accomplished, especially at her level," said Nemeth. "Her strong showing at this meet also had her finish at the top of her age group. She set a great example to her younger teammates this weekend, stepping up race after race and swimming her heart out."
Rachel Butt, Ethan Butt, Isabelle Groundwater, and London Philpotts also had a fantastic meet - big time improvements by all four swimmers, who not only performed exceptionally well, but also nailed their technical goals, setting themselves up for even more successes at their next meet.
In the annual, coveted Goldpan Relay, Braedi, Saphira, Gavin and Rebecca came in second place, taking home a gold pan and bragging rights, after a thrilling race.
The Bluefins are now gearing up for some of their biggest meets of the season - from Provincials to Olympic Trials - as well as their home meet at the end of February. They will be soon be capping off the winter session with their annual Swim-a-Thon fundraiser from March 7-12th. Registration is open for their Spring session, which begins March 30.