National Age Group Championships Calgary
27 July- 1st August 2016
Link to Yukon News - Monday, Aug. 1st. 2016
Link to Whitehorse Daily Star - Tues. Aug. 2, 2016
Report written by Head Coach Malwina
This was our last and the highest level competition this season.
WGB had 3 girls representing Yukon in Calgary, Alberta.
Sisters Cassis and Rennes Lindsay already had experience at the
National level, but for Hannah Kingscote this was something big and
new. The swim meet took place in two indoor 50m pools with an
additional dive tank for a swim down. Not only the atmosphere of
the high level of swimming, but also the entire sports complex made
our girls feel special.
First finalist for Yukon. Rennes came 8th in 1500 free. She swam
brave. In the prelims she took a lead from the first 50m and she
was getting away from other girls in her heat on every
In 800 Free Rennes went out very fast leading her heat for the
first half of the race. It was a very brave start for Rennes. She
could not hold the strong pace for the entire race and she finished
5th in her age group category breaking her best time.
Rennes was a second alternate for 200 Free final (10th place). She
swam it very well. To get into the final she needed to swim only
0.04 sec faster.
On the last day Rennes swam in 400 Free final. She was fighting her
best but missed a medal and finished 4th. The time gave her a first
National Junior qualifying time for the next year Championships in
She is always the best off the dive. Cassis is very explosive.
Cassis finished 11th in 50 Free and was only 0.15 sec outside the
She is racing at National level for the first time. But she can see
that not only in BC, but at the National level, her under water fly
kick is amazing. She even heard compliments from other coaches how
good her kick is.
Her best times were not enough to make a final at National
Championships but she gained a lot of experience and she is aiming
for next year National AG qualifying times.
Rennes came 10th in 13 years old. She swam in a pack
on the first lap and being not aware of the pack breaking apart on
lap two, Rennes end up swimming in the second group.
She didn't have enough energy to improve her position
at the end.
Rennes was leading the group of those girls for a
while, which cost her too much energy, we were not ready for
She learned a lot during this race. We reviewed
the race and spoke about a better position in the pack. For sure
the more we race in open water the more Rennes can learn to become