July 7, 2014
Victoria, July 3rd- 6th BC AAA Long Course Championships report:
Very busy meet, over 700 athletes, but Whitehorse Glacier Bears with only 3 swimmers. We had 7 qualifiers, 3 of them made their criteria at AA BC Championships in Victoria 2 weeks earlier, but it was not enough time to organize another expensive trip. So we went with 3 girls: Brooklyn Massie and sisters Lindsey: Cassis and Rennes. Lindsay sisters won 5 medals: 3 bronze for younger and 2 silver for older girl.
The meet was full of new lessons, not always delivered the nice and easy way. Swimming as a very demanding and fair sport, shows us that as much effort we put into it, the same we will get out of it.
Brooklyn Massie is a hard working girl. She was a little unlucky this season, with broken wrist and a lot of sickness on the way to our the most important meet. But 11 years old “Brook” definitely proved that she was listening very well during practice. She learned how to pace herself, and when to attack during long races. Her 400 Free and 800 Free events were very well paced and there is a lot of potential in that girl.
Rennes Lindsay, 11 years old, brought home 3
medals. Rennes won bronze in her 800 Free final holding very even
pace and just about an hour later came 4th in 200 Free
improving her best times in both events. This proves a lot of
willingness for being fast from young girl.
She also won bronze in 50 Free during second day of Championships. Finishing 4th in 200 Fly on the same day, Rennes made National Age Group time and she also broke club record by 13 seconds.
3rd day brought third bronze medal for Rennes, this time in 100 Free.
Last day was for sure a lesson. Her “gold” event from winter wasn’t as high placed, but for sure it showed where she needs more focus and how much more needs to be done. Rennes placed only 5th in 400 IM, but the standard of young girls was high and all the best 5 of them made National Age Group times. Few minutes later Rennes placed 4th in 100 Fly.
Cassis Lindsay wasn’t the best on the first day qualifying for B finals in 200 Free and 100 Back, but warmed up during the meet. Her best event was on the second day and she won silver in 50 Free. On the third day she swam 200 Back and came 8th in 12-13 years old and won silver in 100 Free. For sure “Cass” can be fast. She still has a lot to improve in her technique and she is working on it. There is one more swim meet for her: National Age Group Championships at the end of July and she is looking forward to it. This will be Cassis first experience at National level.
Head Coach Malwina Bukszowana