Bailey enjoyed busy summer of swimming, achieved best times

Participating in three major swimming competitions in less than a month, didn’t leave Brianna Bailey much time to rest this summer.

Participating in three major swimming competitions in less than a month, didn’t leave Brianna Bailey much time to rest this summer.

The 18-year-old Sylvan Lake native travelled to Quebec in July, where she took part in senior nationals, age group nationals and Canada Summer Games.

She was pleased with her performances in each of the competitions. Although she didn’t win any medals, she moved up in most of her placings and achieved several personal best times.

“It was a lot of fun and it was a really good experience,” she said. “It was really great competing because all of the teams want their province to win, so it’s all team oriented and there’s more cheering and excitement.”

Bailey said the events had many more people watching them than at the club swimming level.

Training leading up to the meets helped her deal with the added pressure, she said.

“Three meets is a lot to do,” she said. “That’s all you do out there is swim and compete, and it’s all you focus on.”

Bailey managed to take “one or two days off” in between meets to rest, but also used the downtime to carry out additional training.

Her performance at senior nationals was the one she was most happy with. After finishing in eighth place, her scholarship at Simon Fraser University, where she pursues studies in business and science, will be increased.

A top-12 place finish was required for the increase, meaning she achieved the feat several positions higher than necessary.

“I was really excited about that,” she said.

When she’s at home, Bailey swims with Red Deer Catalina Swim Club. She is now in her second year at Simon Fraser University, and is a member of the university’s swim team.

A swimmer for more than 10 years, she’s setting her sights on achieving success with Simon Fraser, and hopes to qualify for a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) meet.

Just Posted

H.J. Cody Lakers stumble against Stettler Wildcats

The Lakers lost the home game, Sept. 20, 20-8

Wolf Creek Schools raises Treaty 6 flag for first time

Chiefs, school officials took part in a ceremony that is aimed at acknowledging Treaty 6 land

Red Deer County wins award for third year

Red Deer County was recently recognized for outstanding budget presentation

Fred Penner featured during special Symphony and Museum fundraiser

Event at Bo’s Bar & Grill set to run Sept. 28th

UPDATE: 18-year-old Rimbey teen dies in collision

A portion of Highway 53 west of Rimbey is down to one lane while crews investigate

U.S. congressman issues dire warning to Canada’s NAFTA team: time is running out

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to resume talks with the U.S.

New silver collector coin features Indigenous dancer

New silver collectors coin captures fast-paced energy of an Indigenous powwow

Off Nova Scotia, a bid to ‘unravel the mystery’ of great white sharks

The question: Is Nova Scotia the second mating site for Atlantic white sharks, something scientists say could be key to protecting the endangered species.

Canadian investigator says World Anti-Doping Agency got a bad deal from Russia

A Canadian lawyer says the World Anti-Doping Agency rushed into accepting a bad deal by reinstating the country’s drug-testing program.

Fashion Fridays: Rock some animal print

Kim XO, lets you in on the latest fall fashion trends on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding

Emergency managers on Friday ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River

Legal society poster seeks complainants against two cops on Downtown Eastside

Pivot Legal Society became aware of allegations made against the officers after a video circulated

Jury to deliberate in case of Calgary man accused of murdering woman

Curtis Healy could be convicted of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter

Liberals want to know what Canadians think of legalized weed

The federal government will comb social media for Canadians’ pot-related behaviour

Most Read