BC AAA Swim BC Long Course Championships - July 2-6
July 9, 2015
AAA BC Long Course Summer Championships, 2nd- 5th July 2015
and Open Water Championships 6th July 2015 Report from Head Coach Malwina Bukszowana
Three Whitehorse Glacier Bears girls went to Victoria to compete at BC Provincial Championships. Around 800 swimmers arrived to Vancouver Island to prove their best and race for a gold medal.
Two Lindsay sisters come back home with bronze each. Older one for the shortest sprints available in the pool and younger one for the longest distance available in her age group open water category.
Cassis Lindsay (14) won her bronze for WGB club breaking 28 seconds in 50 Free for the first time by 0.01. This is the fastest Cassis swam so far and she said that it feels good to swim that fast. "I was trying to push off at the back of my stroke and it worked out well" she said. Cassis is still working on longer stroke but her head is in a better position than few months ago. In another Freestyle sprint event, which is twice longer, Cassis touches 5th and goes only 0.68 slower than a minute in her 100 Free. Competing in 14- 15 age group category, Cassis is the fastest 14 year old in BC this weekend.
Another A final this weekend brings home Rennes Lindsay (12), who was swimming in 12- 13 age group category. She came 8th in 400 IM with a new club record. Rennes' Breastroke looks much better, a good sign for the future, because it is very important part of individual medley events. This is when a lot of changes would happen during the race and where swimmer can gain a lot.
In B final in 800 Free, Rennes finishes 10th adding one more qualifying time for National AG in Quebec this August. Also she adds 10th position in 200 Fly breaking her second club record this weekend. Two more B final Rennes had in 200 Free finishing 15th and 100 Fly 16th.
8th place in 50 Back wins Hannah Kingscote (13). She has very good fly kicks under the water, so she can go far and fast just kicking, when other girls are swimming already. Hannah is one of the WGB kids who reaches the surface and swims the last. And this is what she needs for that race, just a good start and good finish, which Hannah still needs to improve. 15th place in B final Hannah won in 100 Back. She also had an amazing under water on the turn of 100 Fly, but this was not enough to qualify to any final.
When the Championships were over for Cassis and Hannah, Rennes still had one day of BC Open Water Championships to go. On Monday 6th July, she still had a 1000m race, which took place in Thetis Lake in Victoria. Rennes was a little bit anxious before the start, because she has never done it before. She was only watching the videos from YouTube to have an idea about it. Honestly she has done everything very well for the first time. She had a great start, she held her course perfectly aiming on the buoy, she had a tight turns and swam in a lead pack from the beginning. Finishing her first of two laps, Rennes was on the third position with another two girls just right behind her. Our 12 year old Glacier Bears swimmer swam in perfect line after her last turn and she had a great finish touch and won bronze just by milliseconds.