AA Swim BC LC Championships report -June 24-26, 2016
Swim BC AA Long Course Championships hosted by Kamloops Classic swim club
June 24-26, 2016
Report prepared by Head Coach Malwina Bukszowana
Alex Petriw was the only WGB swimmer who attended BC Summer AA Championships. He had to leave 9 other friends, who qualified for it, in Yukon, but he did not hesitate to come alone to the swim meet to represent Whitehorse Glacier Bears. Alex is a very confident athlete, he works very hard in practice, things don't come easy for him, but he keeps thinking and working towards improvement. Alex gets rewarded and as the real Yukoner, comes back home with some gold. 
On the first day Alex wins his very well deserved gold in 1500 Free. He swam it in 20:05.54 dropping 43 seconds off his best time, and exactly as it was planned holding his pace for the entire time. He attacked during the hardest part of the race. This move helped him to swim away from the other competitor from BC and to win this race. 
Alex had two more finals on Friday: A in the shortest Freestyle event and B in 100 Back. He came 8th in 50 Free (A final). 
Day two of AA Championships went similar. Alex swims in B final for his shorter, 100 Freestyle event and he finishes his day with A final and a gold medal in 400 Freestyle. 
Last day of the swim meet sounds funny with same situations. In the morning heats, Alex swims both races in heat 8 and lane 8. He ends up with two A finals and in both events as he gets in as 6th. In 200 Freestyle final Alex swims very smart, keeping his eye on the other boys and catching up with a great finish and bronze medal (2:24.51), swimming 4 seconds faster than his best time. Alex using the same race strategy to place 4th in 200 Backstroke (2:43.95) taking off another 4 seconds from his personal best time. 
It was a very good, ending season swim meet for Alex. He made a big improvement in many skills during the entire year. His hard work paid off. He met few new friends from other BC teams and he had a little crowd cheering for him in every final. It is always good to see how swimming changes our young people, builds up their confidence, helps to start the conversation with other athletes that have something in common with you. 
3 Medals: 2 gold, 1 bronze 
7 Finals: 
A 1500 free 
A 50 free 
A 400 free
A 200 free
A 200 back 
B 100 back
B 100 free