Terrace Blueback Swim Club

Result highlights from BV Otters Invitational meet and February swimmers of the month!

Nic Sunderland-Baker

Here are some of the very positive results of Bluebacks swimmers at the meet in Smithers on February 30-March 1st. The February swimmers of the month follow the meet highlights - check them out!

 
32 Bluebacks competed at the BV Otters' invitational Swim meet. The Bluebacks placed third overall, behind the Otters (who had 60 swimmers!) and the Prince Rupert Amateur Swim Club and ahead of the Kitimat Marlins.
 
The Bluebacks had several aggregate medal winners:
 
In the boys' nine and under age division, the bronze medal went to Xavier Grielens. Xavier swam an eighteen-second best time in the 100 free on the way to winning his medal!
 
In the boys' 10-11 division, the bronze medal went to Gabriel Ungehojer. To win his medal, Gabriel placed third in his 50 and 100 free, with a five second best time in the 50, placed second in the 50 and the 100 fly (his first 100 fly!) and won the 50 back and 100 IM.
 
In the boys' 14-and-over division, with third place finishes in the 100 back and the 50 and 100 free and first place finishes in the 200 IM and the 50 and 100 breast, the silver medal went to Jake Kluss.
 
In the girls' 14-and-over division, the silver medal went to Juliet Lukasser, who, at her first swim meet of the season, placed third in the 50 and 100 back and 50 fly and won the 200 IM.
 
There were many more best times and strong finishes by Bluebacks at the meet.
 
In the nine-and-under age division, the Bluebacks were represented by Meredith Acal, Sam Anaala-MacDonald, Kenzie Boult, Paige Constantinescu, Xavier Grielens, Elena Kuirinlahti, Alistair McFetridge, Thomas Sambo, Maya Schmidt and Solstice Wood.
 
Meredith achieved a five-second best time in her 50 back, an eight second best time in her 50 free and a 16-second best time in her 100 free.
 
Kenzie went a 13-second best time in her 50 free and a 15 second best time in her 100 free.
 
Paige took five seconds off her 50 breast time, placing third, and took 12 seconds off both her 50 breast and 100 back times.
 
Thomas placed third in the 100 free.
 
Solstice Wood took 20 seconds off his 50 free time!
 
The Bluebacks in the 10-11 division were Jakob Coosemans, Noah Grielens, Hayden Kohlman, Darien Sambo, Gabriel Ungehojer and Sequoia Wood.
 
Jakob took five seconds off his 50 breast time.
 
Noah placed third in the 50 back and achieved a nine-second best time in the 50 breast, a 12-second best time in the 50 free and a sixteen-second best time in the 100 free!
 
Hayden placed third in the 100 IM, and second, with a 16-second best time, in the 100 back. He achieved another 16-second best time in the 50 breast. It was Hayden's last meet with the Bluebacks as he and his family moved to Saskatchewan after the meet, where, although he will be missed by the Bluebacks, he will, happily, continue to swim!
 
Darien placed third in the 100 back with a seven-second best time.
 
Sequoia improved her 100 free time by 14 seconds.
 
In the 12-13 age division we had Laura Billson, Cameron Constantinescu, Sophie Coosemans, Emma Kuirinlahti, Amy McKay, Brooklynn Simms and Oliver Ungehojer.
 
Laura placed second in the 200 IM and the 50 and 200 breast, with a 10-second best time in the 200 breast.
 
Cameron went a seven-second best time in his 100 free and a fourteen-second best time in his 100 breast.
 
Sophie won the 50 breast and improved her 200 IM time by a minute and 14 seconds!
 
Emma placed third in the 200 free, second in the 50 free and won the 100 IM. Emma took 26 seconds off her best 200 IM time.
 
Amy placed third in the 50 fly, 200 IM and 50 breast and second in the 100 back with a five-second best time.

Brooklyn placed second in the 100 IM.

Oliver placed second in the 100 IM and the 100 and 200 breaststroke and won the 50 breaststroke. His 200 breast was an 11-second best time and his 200 IM was a 20-second best time!

The 14-and-over Bluebacks at the meet were Erin Billson, Matthew Block, Colby Bowles, Camryn Costain, Abbygale Giles, Jake Kluss, Nolen Knox, Juliet Lukasser and Brook-Lynn Meijer.
 
Erin won the 50 and 100 breast and took eight seconds off her best 50 back time.
 
Matthew got a 13-second best time in his 50 breast.
 
Colby placed second in the 100 breast and the 100 back and took five seconds off his best 100 IM time.
 
Camryn placed second in the 50 fly and 100 back, taking seven seconds off her best 100 back time.
 
Abby took third place in the 100 breast.
 
Nolen placed second in the 50 and 100 fly and 200 IM.
 
Brook-Lynn Meijer placed second in the 100 IM with a five-second best time. Brook-Lynn achieved 16-second best times in both her 100 breast and 50 free and went a 30-second best time in her 100 breast.
 
The Bluebacks will take a week off training from March 15-21, resume swimming on Monday, March 23 and look forward to our next meet in PG on April 24-26.
 
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The Bluebacks senior swimmers of the month for the month of February are Kristin Campbell and Sophie Coosemans and our junior swimmers of the month are Sequoia Wood and Brook-Lynn Meijer.
 
Kristin moved from Blue to Bronze in November and is finding herself and more capable of leading her lane, and not only for breaststroke sets. At the moment Kristin might have the most powerful breaststroke kick in the club. Her freestyle and butterfly are also strengths, and her backstroke has been steadily catching up. Underwater streamlines will help Kristin get the most out of her dives and pushoffs when she races. I hope Kristin continues to take the lead in practice and compete at our upcoming meets.
 
At the end of February Sophie went from regularly leading her lane in Bronze to regularly leading her lane in Silver. Sophie is not afraid to put her head down and work very hard at practice. Her favorite stroke is freestyle but her backstroke is very strong as well and her fly and breaststroke are both good. Sophie's talent and consistent good attitude at practice give her the potential to perform very well at our upcoming meets.
 
Brook-Lynn Meijer has responded well to the later practices times in Blue 2. Leading her lane every practice, she gets lengths ahead of the group during freestyle, flutter kick and breaststroke sets. Brook-Lynn just has to learn to streamline off all her walls and get to know all the turns before she is ready to handle more fitness-challenging practices. Brook-Lynn's hard work has already shown at the Smithers meet and with a significant amount of training time between now and the next meet, it seems likely she will improve her times and get deeper into the competition.
 
Sequoia Wood is a regular red group lane leader. Sequoia knows how to do butterfly and underwater streamlines and she has a strong freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke, which she has showcased at the last three meets. Sequoia, along with Noah, Amy, and Paige are ready to graduate from Red to Blue. I look forward to seeing how fast Sequoia can get this season.