Western Championships

Canadian Western Swimming Championships Review

Six swimmers represented the Hollyburn Hurricanes at the Canadian Western Championships in Calgary this past weekend. Our team has only ever had two swimmers qualify for the meet in the same season in the past, tripling that number is a huge accomplishment! It was the first time racing at a national meet for all six swimmers and a great experience as we build for the future.

Our swimmers swam well on the first two days of competition, the majority of the athletes at the meet were a little above their entry times as it is a big skill to learn how to compete at your highest level at the biggest meets. Jessica raced to a best time in the 100m Backstroke to start her meet and Quincy dropped two seconds off her 100m Freestyle time leading off the 4x100m Free Relay on the first day. Aidan was very strong in his first two days just missing best times in his 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle and moving up in all of his events. Jessica just missed a second swim in her 100m Breaststroke and moved up the rankings from 28th to 17th. Morgan had a very solid 100m Freestyle moving up the rankings while breaking her team record and had a great 200m Freestyle leading off the 4x200m Free Relay, racing to her Westerns time.

The final two days were really great for our team. Everyone felt more comfortable and there was some outstanding swimming. Aidan raced to best times in the 200m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle, narrowly missing the Canadian Junior Championships time (.01 in the 50!) in both events. Quincy was amazing in the 50m Freestyle racing under 28 seconds which would have placed her top 8 and qualified for Canadian Junior Championships except for moving her foot on the block for a DQ. Our 4x100m Medley Relay was fantastic with all four swimmers – Jessica, Sophie, Quincy, Morgan – having their best swims of the meet. Jessica raced to a new Canadian Junior Championships time in the 100m Backstroke adding her third event for the meet. Sophie and Avery were both coming back from injuries and looked much better as the meet went on.

Long course season is now in full swing with a busy few weekends of meets for Hurricanes swimmers at all levels approaching. Westerns was a big building block as we move into the future and aim to increase our numbers and performances at national meets.

New Team Records
12&under Girls
100m Backstroke – 1:11.43 – Jessica Strong (was 1:12.60 Jessica Strong 2017)
14&under Girls
100m Freestyle – 1:02.74 – Morgan Bender (was 1:03.91 Morgan Bender 2016)
200m Freestyle – 2:15.11 – Morgan Bender (was 2:17.77 Quincy Bender 2017)
14&under Boys
50m Freestyle – 26.41 – Aidan Smith (was 26.84 Aidan Smith 2017)
200m Backstroke – 2:24.64 – Aidan Smith (was 2:25.10 Aidan Smith 2017)

New Time Standards

Canadian Junior Championships
Jessica Strong – 100m Backstroke

Canadian Western Championships
Morgan Bender – 200m Freestyle

AAA Provincial Championships
Morgan Bender – 200m Freestyle
Aidan Smith – 200m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle