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AA Long Course Championships meet report - Kamloops June 2015
Report on Swim BC AA Long Course Championships from Kamloops, BC
June 26-28, 2015
Head Coach Malwina Bukszowana
 
Another successful swim meet for Glacier Bears swimmers. With 5 swimmers who qualified, they are bringing home 2 medals, 18 finals and 6 club records. 
 
A great surprise was Cassidy Cairns (13). From a swimmer who barely qualified for championships, she is coming back to Whitehorse with a silver medal in 100 Breast in her age group category, improving her best time by 5 seconds. Cassidy swam very smart, being patient and holding long and strong stroke. Breastroke is all about details, it is very technical stroke, so every little mistake makes a difference and creates more resistance. We still have a lot of room for improvement but for now Cassidy could not do any better. She gave it all. 
She also qualified to A final in 100 Free touching the wall 6th and swam 50 Free in B final.
 
Bronze medal brings to Whitehorse Thomas Bakica (12) in 200 Breast. That's his favourite stroke and he is getting very good technically. Thomas is recently working on straight line, to minimize the fraction in every stroke he takes, which pays off quite well. Same as Cassidy, Thomas was very patient, he was holding the line well and he breaks the WGB club record. 
In 100 Breast, Thomas came 4th, breaking another club record. Thomas gains more experience every time he swims 400 IM and he is getting much better at it. His final race in this event was over 10 seconds better than his morning swim and Thomas finished 4th, breaking very old club record. 
On the first day in his favourite event (200 IM) he palced 7th and he came 7th in1500 Free setting up a club record for 11-12 age category. 
Thomas broke two more records during AA Championships in Kamloops. The other records were his splits in longer events. He now holds those records in 50 Breast (100 Breast split ), 800 Free (1500 Free split), which gives him 6 new club records set up during one weekend. 
 
Brooklyn Massie (12) qualified to 5 finals. Brook had a very good race strategy for her 200 Free event. She had each 50m goal time written down on her leg and she swam exactly the time she was aiming for. It was very smart. She qualified to the final. All 8 girls were separate only within 1 second. It was very even. Brook likes racing so the conditions were perfect for her. Again with a great race plan, Brook swims 1 second faster than her prelims and finishes on 5th position. 
She had another A final in 200 Back. Brook came 7th but still has few things to improve in that stroke. She needs to be more aggressive on her third 50 and has a lot of work on her walls, so she can shave few extra seconds in the near future. She placed 7th in 100 Back too. 
Her strong 800 Free gives her 6th place at the AA BC Championships. 
She also was in B final in 100 Free. 
 
Aidan Harvey (13) went out very brave and strong in his 200 Back final. He held the pace really well breaking his best time by 4 seconds on that day, and finishing 4th. Aidan was very happy after that. He is hard working boy, he has goals and knows what he needs to work on. It was a great ending season race for him. In 100 Back Aidan placed 5th. 
In 1500 Free Aidan swam only 2 seconds slower than Thomas Bakica, which gave him 9th place. He had very good start and he kept the pace really well, leading ahead of his Glacier Bears teammate until 1000m mark. Thomas had just better finish, but Aidan swam strong for entire race. 
 
Luke Bakica (15) came 8th in 200 IM. He was working well towards improving his fly and now has 3 strong strokes. There is still a lot to improve in his Backstroke, which for sure will make a change in his medley events. 
Both Bakica boys like Breastroke the most. Older brother also qualified to A final in 200 Breast finishing 7th. 
 
It was a good weekend. Swimmers continue to prove that they are getting very good under the water off the walls. They gain a lot on every turn and we can not see it at home, because all of them are good at it, we can not compare it in Whitehorse. They are also a fun team, sitting together and cheering on their teammates and all of them are willing to be in swimming.