Lloydminster Aquanaut Newspaper Articles.
Triple gold for local swimmer
Sunday, July 22, 2001
As a star member of the Lloydminster Aquanauts swim club, 10-year-old Jessica
Kelly is no stranger to gold medals.
Winning them at a winter club meet and in a long course pool however, is something
new to her.
After posting some of the provinces best 10-year-old times with the Aquanauts
earlier this summer, Kelly was asked to be part of the Alberta Summer Swim Association
All-Stars, a team of summer club standouts with "A" times that competes
against the winter clubs at long course A provincials.
She attended the provincial meet at the Kinsmen Sports Centre in Edmonton last
weekend simply looking for some experience. She came home with a handful of hardware.
Competing in four different 50 metre strokes, Kelly swam to three gold medals
and a fifth place finish. She won freestyle gold with a time of 32.14 seconds,
beating Fort McMurray's Danielle Newton. In the backstroke, Kelly's gold medal
time of 37.27 seconds was more than a full second faster than Red Deer's Julie
Kells, the second place finisher. The butterfly was almost a carbon copy of the
Kelly posted a time of 35.82 seconds - more than a full second better than
Kells again to take the gold medal.