August 23rd, 2017

Spots at championships on the line


By Ryan McCracken on June 17, 2017.

NEWS PHOTO RYAN MCCRACKEN
Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club swimmer Munro Maxwell competes in the boys 13-and-under 100-metre butterfly event at the Southern Alberta Provincials long track meet at the Family Leisure Centre on Friday.


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Hundreds of young swimmers swarmed the Family Leisure Centre Friday night for the Southern Alberta Provincials long course meet with plenty of merits at stake.

Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club coach Jilayna Stigter says her swimmers will be racing for the chance to compete at the Swim Alberta Summer Championships in July, and the event hosts are well on their way.

“They’re trying to earn their qualifying times that will get them to championships. So this is kind of the stepping stone towards that,” said Stigter. “We’ve got a couple of kids really close to their times and they got closer today. We’ve got four more sessions coming over the weekend and they’re close in other events as well so hopefully we’ll get them to championships.”

For many of AMAC’s young athletes, the weekend marks their first taste of provincial-level competition, and Stigter says they’ve been handling the pressure with class.

“There are a lot of people here. There are a lot of clubs from big cities like Calgary and we’re a bit of a smaller team here,” she said. “But we’ve got a lot of really good swimmers and a lot of kids who are here for the first time competing at the provincial level.”

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Ashton Scholly was the lone Marlin to earn a medal on Friday, taking gold in the boys 12-and-under 50-metre backstroke, but Stigter says the team has been registering personal bests on a consistent basis and should send more to the podium as the three-day event progresses.

“From top to bottom we had a lot of really good swims,” she said. “We had best times on everybody all the way through.”

The meet continues through Saturday and Sunday at the Family Leisure Centre, with swimmers hitting the pool at 8 a.m.


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