June 23, 2014
Swim BC AA Long Course Championships report – June 20-22, 2014
Hosted by Island Swim Club at Saanich Commonwealth Centre, Victoria, BC
Summer LC AA championships went very well. 5 Swimmers qualified and between 3 of them, we brought back 11 medals and plenty of finals. Kids were very exited and well organized. They all knew their plan for each race, the skills to focus on and they were hungry for more medals and best times. They surprised me a lot. I knew we will swim well, but I would never expect them to be so much faster. Best times were smashed by few seconds on every shorter race and close to a minute in any longer events. Great meet for everybody.
Megan Pennington barely qualified for this meet, but by the end of this weekend, she was the one of medals collectors, like a queen of the pool. Any race she swam was faster and faster. Megan qualified for AAA championships, which will take place in Victoria 2 week later. Great improvement during the entire year. I can say, she is the most improved female swimmer in my squad.
Male best improved Alex Petriw also was surprisingly fast. Every event he swam, he qualified for AAA. It was very nice to watch both of those 11years old swimmers, gaining so much experience and having so much hunger for more wins. And all of it was done with a smile.
12 years old Hannah Kingscote also showed her potential and also qualified for AAA swim championships. Hannah has been working very consistent through this season and for sure we can see the results. Her under water fly kick off the walls was bringing her ahead other finalists and for sure brought her on a leading position after the wall on her 100 fly. This girl has a under water power like a dolphin. If she keeps working on it, she will be very dangerous on the turns.
Our both 15 years old girls Dannica Nelson and Emily Crist also did a good job. Emily qualified for her first ever A final at AA championships. She was very exited for her 50 free and also used her under water power and improved her times even more. Emily has the best turns in the club by now, and we could see how much she gains off the walls compare to other girls from the Province during her 400 free race.
Dannica , the most experience swimmer from our team at AA, was a great support for younger friends. She had a good 100free where we could see how powerful she can be. She has a lot of strength and there is lots in her to come out and I think she can be very fast.
For most of those swimmers the racing season is over, but we still keep training for another month. We all know now where we are, and what we need to work on, so this will make next season together even more exiting.
Generally as a coach I was very happy to watch all of them having fun together in Victoria, qualifying for finals and making few steps forward in swimming.
Here is a list of our finals and medals:
200 IM- A final Hannah Kingscote, 4th place (went into the final 8th)
50 Free- A final Meghan Pennington 3rd place
50 Free A final Emily Crist 6th place
100 Back- A final Meghan Pennington 7th place
100 Back- A final Hannah Kingscote 3rd place
100 Back- A final Alex Petriw 5th place
800 Free – Final Alex Petriw 1st place
summary: 7x A finals with 1 Gold medal and 2 bronze medals
100 Free- A final Meghan Pennington 5th place
100 Free- B final Dannica Nelson 10th place
100 Free- B final Emily Crist 12th place
100 Free- A final Alex Petriw 2nd place
200 Breast- B final Dannica Nelson 12th place
100 Fly- A final Hannah Kingscote 1st place
400 Free- A final Meghan Pennington 2nd place
400 Free- B final Emily Crist 16th place
400 Free- A final Alex Petriw 1st place
summary: 9 finals with 2 gold and 2 silver medals
200 Free- A final Meghan Pennington 2nd place
200 Free- B final Dannica Nelson 14th place
200 Free- B final Emily Crist 16th place
200 Free- A final Alex Petriw 1st place
100 Breast- B final Dannica Nelson 14th place
200 Back- A final Meghan Pennington 2nd place
200 Back- A final Hannah Kingscote 2nd place
200 Back- A final Alex Petriw 7th place
400 IM- B final Hannah Kingscote 14th place
summary: 9 finals with 1 gold, 3 silver
Wow, I cannot believe it, I did not realize how many medals and finals they made, until doing this report. They came back for sure very happy! and coach also :) Looks like we had 11 medals. (kids told me on Sunday, we had 11 medals, but I lost count :) very quickly)
17 A finals
8 B finals
The numbers are high for a team of 5 Yukoners only.
After that meet we have 7 AAA qualifiers, but only 3 of them will attend this year. All kids from AA are done with racing and to plan another meet 2 weeks later for the families is too much.
Head Coach Malwina Bukszowana