Alberta Championships Meet Report Day 3

Jeff Welechuk

Day 3 – Dinos Dig Deep to keep the lead in the points race…

Another solid morning session from the UCSC squad as almost every final contested this evening.

First event on the program was the 100 Butterfly. The 12 and under girls got the dinos fired up with a 1, 3 finish as Sydney Stewart stormed the wall to capture the gold medal while teammate Maxine Clark came in 3rd for the bronze. In the next heat Kamryn Cannings continued the podium assault by not only winning the 13-14 year old girls event but setting a provincial record for 13 year old girls. Her time of 1:03.17 took a full second off the previous record. Laura Albers lead a 5 Dino strong 15 & over final to win the silver medal. For the boys Nicholas Duncan earned a bronze medal in the 13 and under boys age group. Swimming out of lane 1 Nick closed with a swift last 25 to pass a couple of swimmers in the middle of the pool and land solidly on the podium.

The second event on the agenda was the 200 breaststroke. Rachel Wigginton and Jordan Lloyd started the Dinos off in the 12 and under age group. Swimming with the pack for the first 100 meters Jordan surged into the lead to take the lead on the second half of the race to win the event. Rachel swimming yet another best time finished just off the podium in 4th. The 13-14 girls event were 3 Dinos strong. Quinnlan Bymoen found herself in the thick of the medal contenders and was able to race her way to a second place finish taking 6 second off of her preliminary swim. On the boys side Roman Delores modified his race plan from the morning to maintain his kick rate through the final 50 meters. However, this tactic didn’t quite get him on the podium as he landed in 4th place for the 13 and under boys. This was foreshadowing for the men as Jett Verjee came 4th in the 14-15 age group and Kameron Brill was 4th in the 16 and over boys age group.

The mighty splash and dash followed the 200 breast. The ever exciting 50 free podium finishes were led by the female Dinos in the 12 and under age group Katie Graboski surged to the front of the back to win the gold medal in a personal best time. Maxine Clark got her hand on the wall 3rd to win the bronze medal. Alicia L’Archeveque splashed her way to a silver medal in the 13-14 year old girls age group. Liz Ling and Samiha Mohsen continued the podium finishes as the paced second and third in the 15 and over girls age group. While there were no podium finishes for the boys the Dino men did represent!

The 200 IM started off with a bang as the Dino girls swept the podium with Sydney Stewart leading Maxine Clark and Monica Oleszczuk for an all Dino podium. The 13-14 girls had 5 Dinos in the A final and 4 in the B. It was Teagan McKenzie and Kamryn Leslie that earned their way onto the podium as Teagan won the silver medal and Kamryn came in 3rd for the bronze. Allison McCloy got herself on the podium this time with a bronze medal in the 15 & over girls age group. Lorne Wigginton added another gold medal to his winnings this weekend as he stroked his way to the top of the podium in the 13 & under boys age group.

Up next the 50 backstroke! Fifteen meters underwater then 35 meters all out on your back basically sums up this race. In the girls 13-14 age group Ryenne Katterhagen got her hand on the wall first and walked off the podium with a gold medal around her neck. Samiha Mohsen was back in action and took the gold medal in the 16 and over girls age group to add to the gold medal she won in the 100 back last night. Nick Duncan used a strong underwater kick at the start and an excellently timed finish to place 3rd in the boys 13 and under age group. Teammate Cash Verjee improved his time from the morning to finish 4th. Daniel Gerlach was third in the 16 & over boys age group.

Final individual event for the evening was the 400 free. It was Kate Rendall for the girls that landed on the podium. She was victorious the winning the 15 and over girls 400 free. Lorne Wigginton had a great 400 free earning yet another medal taking the silver in the 13 and under boys age group. While the 16 and over boys were shut out of the medals the Dinos had 4 men that raced in the final.

The 12 and under girls and 13 and under boys finished Day 3 off with the 4 x 50 medley relay. The girls had 4 teams in action, with the A team topping the podium and the B team racing their way to the bronze medal position. The boys A team had a come from behind finish to win the boys event. The B team was solid with their relay splits placing 4th.

Another great evening of racing has come to a close. The Dinos are showing their true character as they stand up, grit their teeth and race no matter what!

One more day of racing and this meet will be in the history books. Get something good to eat and get your sleep the meet is not over till the last race is done.

Coach Jeff