2018 Christmas Cracker SC meet - Victoria Dec. 7-9

2018 Christmas Cracker meet - Dec. 7-9 in Victoria, BC

Report by Coaches Julia V., Bronwyn P. and Corey B.


Thirty-two Whitehorse Glacier Bears swimmers made the trip to Victoria to participate in the annual Pacific Coast Swimming Christmas Cracker meet December 7-9, 2018. The meet was hosted in Saanich Commonwealth Place, the same pool that hosted the Commonwealth Games. The competition was very fast, with swimmers having to race hard in the morning heats in order to earn their spot in the top 16 to race at evening finals. 

The coaches were really impressed with the senior swimmers' attitude towards racing. Many of them had back to back events in a session, but they stepped up and raced their hearts out, setting an excellent example for their younger teammates. Everyone was encouraged to come back and watch evening finals to cheer on their teammates and also to watch some of the varsity swimmers participating and to watch and learn from how they race. 
Performances worth an extra mention: 
Finallists (top 16):
Mia Barrault, Cassidy Cairns, Kassua Dreyer, Amelia Ford, Aidan Harvey, Hannah Kingscote, Elsa Parr, Alex Petriw
Kassua Dreyer, Gold, 200 brst;
Amelia Barrault, Silver, 100brst;
Thomas Gishler, Bronze, 800 free. 
Aidan Harvey swimming all six events on Friday and earning personal best times in five out of the six events; broke 2 of his own SC records!
EVERY athlete was able to acquire multiple Personal Best times in the events they entered!
It was excellent to see many athletes participate in their first "away" meet, we hope that they come back again next year. 
The most ever WGB athletes to attend this meet (32 swimmers). 
Swimmers going 100% best times: 
- Mia Barrault, Jamie Chown-Chaikel, Ava Dedon, Breanna Faulkner, Lauren Faulkner, Liam Gishler, Thomas Gishler, Alexa Mannen, Victoria Mannen, Jayden Martsinkiw, Hayden Westropp. 
Thank you to all of the athletes who participated and the parents who supported them - we couldn't have done it without you!