The 2014 - 2015 swim season for the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins was fantastic !! Over the year the Fins participated in 18 swim meets with lifetime bests and improved results every competition. The level of performance increased dramatically with 13 swimmers qualifying for the provincial AA championships and four of those swimmers now within 10ths of seconds of qualifying for national level competitions. There was also a record number of 29 swimmers from the Fins that participated in the A Provincials and Junior Cup in Moose Jaw the end of February.
Also introduced in September/2014 for non-competitive swimmers was the Swim Quest program. As the year progressed the swimmers demonstrated excellent skill improvement and this was highlighted through four minimeets held throughout the year. These were fun events for the swimmers to demonstrate their skills to their parents and also gave them an introduction to competing.
The Flying Fins continue to have strong support from the Moose Jaw Kinsmen club as they donated funds for the purchase of swim equipment and a $5,000.00 financial contribution to assist with the club expenses. Their support is very much appreciated by the swimmers and parents of the team.
Over the past season the Fins hosted three swim meets. Hosting swim competitions takes a lot of team work and many volunteers. A huge thank you to the board, all the parents, family members and friends who volunteered their time for the swim meets and throughout the year. This year also had a number of sponsors from local businesses that supported the team and we offer you our sincere thank you for your support. And a special thank you to the coaching staff for all your patience, time, work and effort.
The 2015 - 2016 swim season will be an exciting one with many skill developmental meets, club minimeets and high performance swimming. The Swim Quest program will be in its second year and will continue to develop swimmers skills at all levels. If you would like to be a part of this fun, excitement and skill development, contact head coach Gord Shields at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 306-693-6616.
Saskatchewan A Provincial and Junior Cup Championship
In February/2015 the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins hosted the provincial A Championships and Junior Cup in Moose Jaw. There were 29 swimmers from the Fins participating in the meet competing amongst the 198 swimmers from 12 clubs from across the province. Swimmers from Moose Jaw had outstanding results winning the top team trophy for the A Provincials and finishing in 3rd place for the Junior Cup. The Junior Cup is for girls 10 and under and boys 11 and under. The A Provincials is for girls 11 and over and boys 12 and over. Cadence Johns led the way for the Fins setting a new provincial record in the 10 and Under Girls 50 breaststroke with a time of 41.61 in the preliminaries and breaking it again with a time of 40.81 in the finals. This breaks the 17 year old record of 41.91 set in 1978. She won all her races winning 8 gold medals. Two swimmers, Dallas Popowich and Quinn Barber swam lifetime bests in breaststroke and qualified for the Manitoba/Saskatchewan AA provincial championships to be held in Saskatoon.
Manitoba/Saskatchewan AA Provincial Championships - Short Course
Eleven swimmers from the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins competed at the Manitoba/Saskatchewan AA Provincial Championships in Saskatoon. There were 473 swimmers from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario competing at the high performance meet. As a team the Fins finished in 3rd place in Saskatchewan for the small team award. Individually, Joey Derksen won the only medal for the Fins with a bronze in the boys 14 - 15 200m Butterfly shaving 4.38 seconds off his previous lifetime best. Elyssa Tacchi had an outstanding meet swimming in 5 finals with her best placing in the 100m breaststroke finishing in 4th just 9/10ths of a second from a bronze medal. Elyssa was the fastest swimmer for Saskatchewan in the 50m breaststroke giving her the honor of representing Saskatchewan on the provincial relay team. Jenna Helland, Cadence Johns and Elyssa Tacchi all swam 100% lifetime bests. Matthew Gobbett was the Fins male swimmer of the meet swimming 5 lifetime bests and taking over 17 seconds off his 800m free for an eleventh place finish.
Manitoba/Saskatchewan AA Provincial Championships - Long Course
Seven swimmers from the Flying Fins competed in the AA Provincial Championships in Winnipeg
There were over 500 swimmers from across Western Canada and Ontario competing at the meet. The competition was very high with many close and exciting races. Cadence Johns was the sole medal winner for the Fins winning bronze in the 50m Breaststroke in the 11 and 12 year old girls category. She also swam 100% personal life time bests. Dallas Popowich and Elyssa Tacchi also had outstanding meets swimming 6 out of 7 lifetime bests. Elyssa and Cadence were named to the Provincial All Star relay team as Elyssa was the fastest for Saskatchewan in the girls 11 and 12 year old Butterfly and Cadence in the Breaststroke. Other outstanding performances were by Catherine Duchesne in the 13 and 14 girls 100 Free. She shaved 3.59 seconds off her lifetime best in that swim and also 1.31 seconds off her 50 Breaststroke just missing Age Group Nationals by 4/10ths of a second. Joey Derksen had a strong meet going placing in the finals for his 100 and 200 Butterfly but then unfortunately came down with the flu and could not finish the meet. Cadence, Elyssa, Catherine and Joey are all now within 10ths of seconds of qualifying for national championships and have a great year ahead of them.
Matthew Gobbett and Nathan Avery also competed for the Fins at the meet. Matthew swam 4 lifetime
bests with his strongest showing in the 16 and over Boys 200 free placing in 22nd spot. Nathan
also had a number of strong performances with his best placing of 12th in the 16 and over boys 200 Fly.
Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins 2014 - 2015 Swimmers of the Meet