February 18, 2015
AA SC BC Winter Championships, Chilliwack 13-15th February 2015
Written by Head Coach M. Bukszowana
Another successful swim meet for Whitehorse Glacier Bears swimmers. From 5 who qualified, 3 athletes went to Chilliwack to compete at AA BC Championships.
During the first day of the Championships our swimmers showed that this weekend will be interesting. Thomas Bakica (12) broke a few years old club record in 200IM and placed 6th in 12-13 age category. Another very good swim that day had Brooklyn Massie (12), who improved her 100 Back time and represented Bears from Yukon in B final. She swam it very well and very brave from the beginning. She came 2nd in B final which gave her 10th place in 12-13 age category.
On Saturday, Bakica boys qualified to the A finals in 200 Breast. Both of them were very exited and tried hard to correct the little mistakes from prelims, and do even better in the finals. Older brother Luke (14) who competed in 14& over category, as well as his younger brother, Thomas, both finished 6th in their age categories. Thomas said after his race: "My heart is pounding and I tried my best".
Saturday was also a very good day for Brooklyn. She swam her 400 Free race very brave and smart. From the start, as soon as she dove off the blocks, she was fighting and her big time improvement, as well as a good race strategy, made her smile. Brook said after her race, that it was fun and that it felt good to swim that fast. Brook did not qualify to the final on that day, but for sure she was delighted with her swim.
Last day gave us another club record broken by Thamas Bakica in 400 IM. That was a great swim with a lot of improvement in his time and for sure with much better under water off each wall. His fly kicks always brought him in front of the other boys. This race was good, but still has some room for more improvement. It is very important at young age to swim all strokes and knowing how to race 400IM at age 12, is a good skill for the future. Thomas finished 8th in his age category, but his coach believes that he should be a little bit faster during his second half of the race. There is few details missing in his performance, but those things can be improved.
Brooklyn took her 200 Back reccommendations from her coach very serious. She wanted to take a lead in her heat right from the start and she swam very good race, but unfortunately we were disqualified for false start. She just went off the block too early. This for sure is a good lesson, teaching young people a lot of patient. Brook knows now, that she can swim it very fast.
Bakica brothers qualified to finals in 100 Breast on Sunday. Luke swam over 1second faster in his B final than during the morning prelims and finished 14th on his last day. Thomas qualified to A final and finished 5th.
This was a successful meet for our Whitehorse Glacier Bears. Very important part of any sport is to have fun. Our swimmers enjoyed most of their races and it was nice to see them tired but still smiling.
A finals: 5 (Thomas Bakica 100, 200 Breast, 200, 400 IM, Luke Bakica 100 Breast)
B finals: 2 ( Brooklyn Massie 100 Back, Luke Bakica 200 Breast)