Alberta Championships Meet Report Day 2

Jeff Welechuk
Jul 5, 2019

Day 2 – The water churns at the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre…

Day had many of the Dinos advance through to second swims Friday evening at the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre. Making a second swim is not any easy feat to accomplish at the Alberta Swimming Championships and a spot in the final gives you a chance to improve their times, strategies and placings.

There were only 6 individual races that did not have a Dino in the field. This gave the swimmers many opportunities to cheer on and support their team mates throughout the evening. The order of events for Friday evening include the 200 Free, 50 Breast, 200 Fly, 100 Back, 400 IM and the 200 & 400 Freestyle relays.

In the first event of the evening 11 year old Maxine Clark used a strong back half in the12 & Under girls 200 free to capture the gold medal. This got the momentum rolling. Eliza Housman secured the bronze medal for the girls 13&14 age group while team mate Allison McCloy took the bronze medal for the gitls 15 & over age group. For the boys it was Aiden Normal that earned the sole medla for the 200 free in the boys 13 & under age group. However, this event had multiple Dinos competing in either the A or B final. Honorable mention to Liam Dennett for taking out the senior men’s event finishing just off the podium in 4th. Was that a kick I saw behind you!?!?

Next up was the 50 breast. This event was filled with lots of excitement as Calli Giroux and Alicia L’Archeveque went head to head in the 13&13 age group. Calli pulled out the win dipping under 34 seconds for the win! In the 14-15 age group Theo Graboski hit the wall for the silver medal.

The 200 fly has become a strong event for the Dinos. Many swimmer dug deep to complete the 4 lap race in personal best times. Sydney Stewart got the event rolling with a silver medal in the 12 & under age group. Coming off a provincial record and an Olympic Trials cut from the morning Kamryn Cannings conquered the race taking the gold medal while team mate Haley French crashed the wall for the bronze medal. Not to be outdone by the younger girls Kate Rendall dominated the seniors girl race winning the gold medal.

Shortly after Kate stood atop the podium, Lorne Wigginton was there to hold top spot for the Dinos as he won the 13 & under boys age group. Demtri Mylonas unfortunately was DQ for a 1 hand touch after placing 3rd. He did rebound with a persoaln best in the 400 IM later in the program.

The 100 back proved to be another exciting event. After slipping on the start Bella Korczewski recovered to place 3rd in the 12 & under girls event. Teammates Teagan McKenzie and Kamryn Leslie nabbed gold and silver respectively in the 13-14 age group. Samiha Mohsen used a smart race plan to get her hand on the wall first in the senior women’s age group. While there were no podium finishes for the men in the 100 back the event was littered with Dinos. The senior men had 9 swimmers racing this event.

The 400 IM was the last individual event of the evening and the dinos continued to swim their ways onto the podium. Kealeigh McLeod captured the gold medal for the 12 and under girls. She stuck to her race strategy and used a strong back half to swim her way into the lead. Teagan McKenzie was back in action again touching the wall in second place earning the silver medal for the 13-14 girls age group. Lorne Wigginton continued his winning ways earning his second gold medal of the evening in the 13 and under boys age group. Richie Stokes finished the individual events off with an exciting race against Findlay Knox. The 2 men raced head to head exchanging the lead multiple times. It was Knox that prevailed with gold as Stokes had to settle with the silver medal.

As always, the relays are a great way to finish off the evening. The Dinos found themselves in contention for medals in all the age groups.

The 12 and under girls started things off winning this age group holding off a strong finish from the Calgary Patriots. The 13 and under boys had one of the most exciting finishes of the evening as they tied, yes tied, for the gold with Calgary Patriots A team. The 13-14 girls landed two teams on the podium with the A team taking the gold and the B team taking the bronze. UCSC had 5 relay teams entered in this event showing the depth we having in this age group. The girls 15 and Over A team captured the gold medal. The B team was just bumped off the podium finishing 4th. The senior men had a strong showing placing 3rd to finish of a great evening of racing.

Two more days of racing to go!

Coach Jeff