The 2014 Alberta Speedo Age Group and Senior Championship swim meet was held in Edmonton July 3-6. Coach Trevor Burns took three Sylvan Lake Nautical swimmers to compete at the provincial qualifying meet.
Chase Murdoch, 18, swam his last meet as a member of the Nauticals as he will be going to university in September and swimming for the University of Lethbridge. Chase competed in five events, qualifying for four finals. In 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle, he earned personal best times for the season. He also swam the 100m butterfly, placing 10th overall and getting an all-time personal best time and a club record.
Zoe DeJonge, 10, in her last meet as a 10-year-old, swam in seven events and earned herself a gold medal in 200m freestyle, also setting a personal best time and a club record. Zoe got the silver medal in 50m and 100m freestyle and placed fourth in 400m freestyle, fifth in 50m and 100m backstroke and ninth in 50m butterfly. These swims were also all personal best times and she got the club record for 50m backstroke. Good job, Zoe!
The third swimmer, Elizabeth Moore, 13, competed in seven events in the 13-14 year-old-age group, as one of the youngest swimmers to compete in this age group. Elizabeth got gold medals for both 100m and 200m breaststroke events, also setting personal best times and two more club records. Both of her times were 16-18-year-old national qualifying times, which have secured her a spot at Nationals next year. She swam the 200m butterfly and placed fourth and for the 100m backstroke she earned her 13-year-old national qualifying time, a personal best time, club record and placed 13th overall. In the 50m butterfly, she placed 12th, and the 100m butterfly, she placed 16th. She won the 13-year-old girls swimmer of the meet for earning the highest number of individual points. Great weekend, Elizabeth!
The three swimmers made enough points between them that Sylvan Lake Nauticals came in second for overall points for small club. Great job!
Elizabeth is travelling to Winnipeg July 21 to 27 to compete at the 2014 Canadian Age Group Championships (national meet). She has qualified for nine events at this meet but will only be competing in seven events over the five days against 13-year-olds from across Canada. Good luck, Elizabeth.