Westerns Review

Our team was represented by six swimmers at Western Canadian Championships this past weekend in Victoria. Five of our swimmers were there for their second time – Morgan, Quincy, Avery, Sophie and Jessica and this year we added Cami to the team. Six swimmers equals the most that we have sent to the meet before, the same as last year’s numbers. This year we had over double the number of races, our girls had 29 events compared to 12 last year.

This meet was tough for our team with less best times and second swims than we are used to, although we did not have any finals at last year’s meet. Quincy, Avery and Jessica all just missed second swims in by tenths of a second while it was very tight to make finals in all the events. Westerns was very deep this year and we had a few factors including injuries and some breaks in training leading into the meet that contributed to our results. Despite the uphill battle our swimmers showed a lot of determination and were close to best times in their events and everyone had some great moments. At these big meets there are a lot of swimmers racing below their best times and it is an important skill to learn to race your best on the biggest stage.

Quincy had our only second swim of the meet racing just off her best time in the 50m Freestyle in the morning and qualified tied for 7th overall for the finals. In the final Quincy dropped .3 to finish with a very impressive 27.26 to finish 5th overall. She lowered her team record and moving her closer to a Senior National Trials time of 26.87. It was a great swim where she made the right adjustments from heats to improve from her preliminaries swim.

Our relays continued to be a strong point with Morgan, Quincy, Cami and Jessica rising to the occasion. The 4x100m Freestyle Relay was fantastic with all four swimmers racing to best times! The team just missed the Canadian Junior Championships time standard by one second and the standard is set for the fastest teams aged 13-17 in the country and our average age was 14 years old! Quincy led off the relay lowering her own team record with a 1:00.48! Jessica, Cami and Morgan all raced under their best times to lower our entry time by seven seconds! In the 4x200m Free Relay the girls combined to lower our entry time by six seconds! In the 4x100m Medley Relay we improved from 37th place to 22nd place just missing out on relay points and again lowering the entry time!

Cami did an excellent job at the meet lowering her team record in her 100m Backstroke and just missing her 50m Backstroke best. She was amazing on the Freestyle relays, dropping over 4 seconds for a 1:03 split on the 4x100m Freestyle Relay and dropped 5 seconds for a 2:21 in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay! Cami just qualified in March for the meet and it is really hard to improve when you need to swim your best a month out of the meet to get the time standards.

We had a lot of successes throughout the meet and we have a very young team. Jessie and Avery just missed finals in the 200m Breaststroke and Quincy was just over top 16 in her 100m, 400m and 800m Freestyle races. In preliminaries the majority of swimmers add a little time in their races so it is not unusual at a competition of this level to not get a best time. At these national meets it’s important to learn to swim fast in the morning. Almost everyone makes big drops in their second swims at night and we had our best results on our two swims in finals, the 4x100m Freestyle Relay and Quincy’s 50m Freestyle final.

New Team Records
13-14 Girls
50m Freestyle - 27.26 - Quincy Bender (was Quincy Bender 27.55 2018)
100m Freestyle – 1:00.48 – Quincy Bender (was Quincy Bender 1:00.88 2017)
15&over Girls
100m Backstroke – 1:09.35 – Cami Hill (was Cami Hill 1:09.67 2018)