Day Four - Not Extinct! Alive and Kicking - Rodgers sets club record

Lauren Wilson
Dec 16, 2018

Well we made it to the last session. The last day of the meet can often bring with it the blues. However, the blues didn’t come. In fact the opposite happened, the Dinos were full of energy and eager to hit the pool and perform. Most swims were on target and solid. Swimmers were analyzing swims and putting things into perspective. Taking the bad with the good can provide us with valuable information that helps develop our swimming character. The commitment of the swimmers and parents in this club is to be commended.

The events on the program tonight include the 50 Free, 100 Back, 200 Breast, 50 Fly and the 400 Free

50 Free

Katie Graboski, Sydney Stewart and Bella Korczewski blasted off the blocks in the splash and dash to get the Dinos rolling this evening in the 12&Under girls age group. Katie raced her way to 5th, Bella placed 7th and Sydney was 8th.

Kaycee Cannings raced in the B final of the girls 13-14. Improving on her time from the morning she placed 5th with a time of 28.76, a new personal best.

Kameron Brill showed his natural sprinting ability in the boys 14-15 age grouping. He exploded off the blocks and hit the wall in a time 24.72 to win the silver medal by 1/100th of a second. Josh Wong followed up in the B final placing 6th. Andrew Guo represented in the B final of the 16 & over boys placing 3rd.

100 Back

After a monster 200 back last night Aiden Norman was eager to race the 100 back. He didn’t disappoint as he raced his way to a new personal best of 1:06.45 finishing 4th.   Charles Wang swam the in the A final of the 16 & Over boys. Sprinting his way to a new best time of 58.38 snagging the bronze medal.

200 Breast

Sydney Stewart was back in action in the 200 breast. After breaking 3 minutes for the first time this morning she was excited to have another crack at this race. Using the same strategy as this morning she improved on her time to 2:55.57 winning the gold medal!

First alternate Anne Lu found herself in the B final of the 13-14 girls after another swimmer decided to go home instead of committing. Once again I love the commitment of the swimmers in this club. Anne got to swim in lane 4 and finished 8th with a time of 3:01.96.

After Jett Verjee got sick and scratched the 13 & Under boys 200 breast final, Lorne Wigginton got a chance to race! Along with team mate Cooper Scott the boys raced themselves to 7th and 8th place. Kameron Brill was up again in the boys 14-15 age group. Going out in a blistering 1:07.07 he took the lead and never looked back. Stopping the clock at 2:24.52, he won the gold medal!

50 Fly

Four dinos were in the 12 & Under girls 50 fly final. Kamryn Cannings raced her way to the gold medal breaking 30 seconds. Team mates Isabella Korczewski, Sienna Rodgers and Sydney Stewart had strong showings placing  7th, 3rd (bronze) and 4th respectfully. Sienna broke the 10 year old girls club record in capturing her bronze! Kassidy Brill, Meghan Trinh and Kaycee Cannings were in the B final of the girls 13-14. The girls completed successful races placing 6th , 8th and 4th.

Riding on the momentum of the girls the boys took to the pool. Nick Duncan and Connor Sortland start the men off in the 13 and Under age group. Connor raced his way to a 4th place finish with a 29.75. Nick had a personal best of 30.08 finishing 5th. Josh Wong was up next in the 14-15 boys age group. Using his strong underwater skills he swam his way to a 5th place finish. Andrew completed the event in the 16 and over boys B final placing 5th.

400 Free

The last event of the evening for the dinos was the 400 free. Kealeigh McLeod and Kamryn Cannings represented in the 12 and Under age group. Both girls improved on their morning swims. Kamryn finished 4th in a time of 4:56.00 while Kealeigh was 7th improving her time to 5:01.89.

Lorne Wigginton eager to break 4:40 for the first time confidently mounted the blocks. Lorne swam a well-executed race and stopped the clock at 4:36.24 to achieve his goal. He placed  6th in a strong field of 13 & under boys to finish off a successful meet.

With the completion of Lorne’s swim the dinos finished their meet. It was a great weekend of racing. Lots of best times and new experiences to be had by all, the swimmers did an excellent job of racing. As with all good swimmers when one goal is achieved another is set. I’m sure the next part of the season will just as exciting as the first with bigger and better things to achieve. Wishing everyone a relaxing holiday break, enjoy your dry time away from the pool. Cheers to a successful short course season.

Coach Jeff