AAA Provincial Championships Meet Report

The 2014 Provincial Championships were Hollyburn’s most successful in over 20 years. It was difficult to find records that go beyond that so it may have been even longer. Although the team scoring is still not as high as we want it to be it was the club’s highest point total ever at a Provincial Championships. 

In addition we had our first Provincial medals since 2010, (4 medals), 10 final swims (8 times as many from the previous year), and Hollyburn’s first Senior National Qualifier in the last 5 years. We had 3 new Age Group National Times and 8 club records were broken. 

Congratulations to our Provincial team:

Kourosh Shahbazi, Aidan Smith, Morgan Bender, April Barnes, Chris Ruus, Colby Evans

Colby’s 200 Fly was the swim of the meet coming from 8th place at the first 50m to charge back on the last 50m and steal the bronze medal. This was particularly rewarding because all of our training sets designed over the last 3 months have been built on having the best last 50m possible. It was nice to see the hard work pay off. Colby’s 200 fly now ranks him 4th over all in Canada for 17 & under boys. 

Aidan Smith also had a break-out meet making finals in 4 of his events, going all best times and getting two bronze medals. Chris Ruus was able to achieve his National Age Group time in the 100 back and narrowly missing it in the 200 back although the swim was still great as he crushed the competition to win the ‘B’ Final. Kourosh was at his first AAA champs and was able to go 4 out 5 best times which is great your first time through. Morgan looks like a strong candidate to be on the podium next year as she was one of the few 10 year olds in the meet. 

Here are the top results:

4 Medals
Aidan Smith 50 free (bronze)
Aidan Smith 100 Free (bronze)
Colby Evans 100 Free (bronze)
Colby Evans 200 Fly (bronze)

2 New Senior National Qualifying Times
Colby Evans 100 fly
Colby Evans 200 fly

3 New Age Group National Qualifying Times
Chris Ruus 100 Back
Colby Evans 100 Free
Colby Evans 400 IM

8 New Club Records

Morgan Bender 400 Free

Morgan Bender 200 IM

Colby Evans 100 Fly
Colby Evans 200 Fly
Colby Evans 100 Free
Colby Evans 200 Free
Colby Evans 100 Back
Colby Evans 400 IM

Well done Hurricanes!