This past weekend three Sylvan Lake Nautical swimmers went with Coach Trevor Burns to Lethbridge to attend the 2013 Alberta Senior Championship. In order to attend you have to be a senior (age 15 or over with minimum of a ‘B’ qualifying time) and swimmers under the age of 15 must have achieved a minimum of a 15-16 year old ‘A’ time in an event. From our club we had Chase Murdoch, 16, Amber Carson, 14, and Elizabeth Moore, 11.
Chase Murdoch had a great weekend getting two personal best times and also two new club records. He achieved a personal best time and a club record in the 100m freestyle and then in the 100m Individual Medley in which he also achieved a Senior ‘A’ time. Chase made it into two finals, finishing 24th in the 50m freestyle.
Amber Carson also had an outstanding meet getting five personal best times and five new club records for her swims in the 50m and 200m butterfly and the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle. Amber made finals in the 100m butterfly placing 18th and the 200m butterfly placing 17th. She took off a whopping 9.15 seconds in her 400m freestyle and narrowly missed breaking the five-minute mark. She also earned herself a 15-16 year old ‘A’ time in her 50m butterfly. Throughout the seven events Amber competed in, she was competing with swimmers ranging in numbers from 34 to 113.
Elizabeth Moore, who swam her way to Nationals in Montreal in July, earned herself personal best times and new club records in the 50m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and the 200m Individual medley and a personal best in the 50m freestyle. Elizabeth also made it into two finals; the 50m breaststroke which she placed 24th out of 86 swimmers and the 200m breaststroke in which she placed 19th out of 53. She earned herself a senior ‘A’ time for her 50m breaststroke swim, but even more noteworthy, she earned herself a 12-year-old National Qualifying Time in both the 50m and 200m breaststroke events. These two National times added to her previous one in the 100m breaststroke have qualified her for the National meet in Montreal this summer.