2015 Xmas Cracker swim meet report Dec. 4-6

Christmas Cracker 2015 report - Dec. 4-6 in Victoria, BC

Head Coach Malwina Bukszowana, with Assistant Coach Kat Zrum

This year the Whitehorse Glacier Bears swim club went to Victoria with 18 swimmers. The swim meet was not as big in numbers as it used to be, and it was run in only 2 swimming pools, instead of being run in 3 swimming pools. For WGB having such a big team on the island, with every athlete racing in 9 events, was still a busy weekend for Glacier Bears. 
We had a lot of best times broken and we have few new Whitehorse swimmers who qualified for BC championships. Looks like WGB team for AA Provincials is going to be bigger than 2 years ago. 
New Provincial qualifier Amelia Ford (age 11) broke all of her best times. This girl is fast and she showed her fighting spirit this weekend. 
Second girl Kassua Dreyer (11), also broke her best times by a lot and she showed some potential for longer races. 
Liam Diamond (14) who is constantly improving his training ethics, from being very close to qualify for AA Championships, he made more times that we expected and he is now eligible to be a part of our big team. 
Donovan Bielz (17) for a long time was aiming to get his BC AA times, and for sure learned this year, that in the sport and in the life, patient is very needed.
Alex Petriw was a shining star this weekend, crashing his best times, racing in the finals every night, and breaking club records in 200 Free and 400 Free. On the first day of Xmas Cracker swim meet Alex was very busy. He swam: 200 Free in B final, 200 IM in B final and 1500 Free A final finishing 6th. On Saturday, Alex won 3rd place in 100 Free. On Sunday our weekend star had only 2 races on the last day and qualify to 2 B finals in 50 Free and 100 Back and he said that his day seems to be easy. 
Thomas Bakica swam  200 IM in B final. On Sunday Thomas swam 50 Free in A final finishing 3rd, and 100 Back in B final. Thomas also broke a club record in 50 Fly. 
Rennes Lindsay had a very good 1500 Free race. She established her best time in this event only last month and she improved her time by another 24 seconds just few weeks later finishing 8th. This is a big improvement at her level of swimming, her times are getting fast and it is becoming harder to break them, but Rennes keeps going. She has her goals and she pushes herself very hard to achieve them. After winning a medal at the Open Water BC Championships last summer, Rennes wants to represent Yukon in Open Water and National Age Group Championships in July 2016, so she needs to be much faster in long freestyle events. 
On Saturday Rennes qualified to B final in 400 Free, 200 Back. 
On Sunday Rennes finished 6th in 400 IM, qualifying in another event for National Age Group. She was also 8th in 800 Free. 
Cassis Lindsay had a great 100 Free race finishing 8th in A final. Her morning swim was much faster than her evening swim. She broke a minute last August and now she is able to swim 100m in 58.85 which gives her another qualifying time for National Age Group Championships. On Sunday Cassis had 2 finals: A in 50 Free where she finished 4th and B final in 100 Back. 
Hannah Kingscote qualified to B final in 200 Back and B final in 100 Back showing her improvement on under water kick. She is great at it, but needs to get into a habit to use it every time. 
There was no finals in 50 Back, but in this event we had Hannah Kingscote placing 7th in her age group and Cassis Lindsay 6th. Thomas Bakica came 8th in 50 Breast. 
2016 Christmas Cracker swim meet was successful for Whitehorse Glacier Bears athletes. All of them swam very hard, achieving their goals. We came back with 3 club records, best times and for sure with some new experience. Swimmers enjoyed the time in Victoria together.