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Busy Aquanauts earn spots at provincials
Booster Sports Editor
Sunday, August 18, 2002
These are busy times if you're a swimmer with the Lloydminster Aquanauts. After
competing in their regionals this past weekend in Edmonton, 14 of the water warriors
started the Alberta Summer Games competition this past Thursday. If that weren't
enough, provincials are coming up this weekend in Calgary.
"Provincials is bigger," said 18-year-old Kierstin Smyth when asked
where she has focused her attention. "Summer Games is tougher because there's
more competition with the winter clubs. I don't expect to do as well there.
"But Smyth shouldn't sell herself short, either. At the Grant MacEwan
Community College pool in Edmonton this past weekend, she won two silver and two
gold medals, and finished a close fourth in two other events in her best-ever
weekend at a regional competition.
Smyth wasn't the only one to have a good weekend. Of the 221 swimmers at the
meet, 26 were Aquanauts. Out of those, all but five qualified for provincials
with either silver or gold medals.
"I think it's pretty good, considering the injury," said Smyth of
The injury?"It happened two years ago when I was training for long distance,"
she said. "It's my shoulder, (but) they still don't know what it is. I can't
practice very much because I'm in pain a lot.
"But the pain hasn't stopped her from continuing to make waves. Smyth
now focuses on shorter events like the 50 metre freestyle and 100 metre breaststroke,
the two individual events that garnered her silver medals in Edmonton.The golds
were team medals.
Along with Karen Bjorge, Robyn Hnatuk, Jessica Kelly and Amanda Bowen, the
two teams Smyth was on during each of their respective relays.
Though he doesn't have any injuries to contend with, 11-year-old Brayden Wells
does have similar challenges, as provincials are his last meet of the year after
regionals. He might go to the Alberta Summer Games in 2004, but for now he's just
hoping to keep pace with some new competition.
"In a way having been there (provincials) takes the pressure off, but
then there's new kids," he said. "There's another kid I went against
in an earlier meet, and his times are better than mine by four or five seconds.
And he's not in my region, so I don't swim against him much.
"Considering that Wells' 50 metre freestyle time has dropped by four seconds
already this summer, it is possible he's closer to the top than he thinks. At
regionals, Wells won three golds, in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle and 50 metre
breaststroke. He added a bronze in the 25 metre butterfly for good measure.
"The only time I've ever made it in provincials was two years ago and
I made it in all my events. I made the top 13 in all of those events," he
said. "I'm shooting for the top 12 this year. Every year I want to get lower."
Boys 8-under -
Luke Muyres: 25 m and 50 m freestyle, 25 m butterfly, 100 m IM silver.
Boys 9-10 -
Brock Chisholm: 100 m freestyle and 50 m breaststroke bronze, 25 m butterfly fifth,
50 m freestyle fourth;
Brayden Wells: 50 m and 100 m freestyle, 50 m backstroke gold, 25 m butterfly
Boys 11-12 -
Kory Chisholm: 50 m butterfly gold, 50 m backstroke sixth, 50 m freestyle fourth,
100 m IM fifth;
Mitchell Kelly: 100 m and 200 m freestyle gold, 50 m backstroke and freestyle
A.J. Mokelky: 100 m freestyle fifth, 200 m freestyle silver, 50 m breaststroke
Boys 13-14 -
Jonathan Smyth: 100 m freestyle, 200 m IM bronze, 100 m backstroke, 400 m freestyle
Cory Totman, 1,500 m freestyle silver.
Boys 17-over -
David Cavanagh: 100 m butterfly and 100 m breaststroke gold, 50 m butterfly bronze,
50 m freestyle silver;
Dave Saunders: 100 m freestyle fifth, 50 m butterfly sixth, 100 m breaststroke
Tyler Totman: 100 m freestyle bronze, 50 m butterfly fifth, 100 m backstroke gold,
50 m freestyle fourth.
Girls 8-under -
Brianna Wells: 25 m butterfly fourth, 25 m and 50 m freestyle gold, 100 m IM silver.
Girls 9-10 -
Amanda Lux: 100 m freestyle, 25 m butterfly, 25 m backstroke, 100 m IM gold;
Mary Cavanagh: 50 m breaststroke bronze.
Girls 11-12 -
Jessica Kelly: 100 m and 50 m freestyle, 50 m butterfly and backstroke gold;
Kelly Chisholm: 400 m freestyle bronze;
Keeley Mokelky: 200 m freestyle fifth.