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Aquanauts medal at home meet

Josh Aldrich
Booster Sports Editor
Wednesday June 23, 2004

Lloydminster Meridian Booster — Sometimes the important part of a season is how quick the start is and how quickly a team or individual is able to get out of the blocks and build momentum.

The Lloydminster Aquanauts swim club has got off to the kind of start that is conducive to a productive season, as was showcased last Saturday at the Lloydminster Leisure Centre at their annual swim meet.

“It went really well,” said co-coach Kierstin Smyth. “In a couple of them we totally knew we were going to do well, but there were some really good swims. Everyone did really well and lots of times were beaten overall.”

Five Aquanauts went home from the meet sporting aggregate medals. Jonathan Smyth in the boys 15 and 16 group, Jessica Kelly in girls 13 and 14, and Britt Wells in girls six and under all won gold medals. Meanwhile, Haley Howland in girls 15 and 16, and Brianna Wells in girls nine and 10 won bronze medals.

Success from these five is not necessarily a surprise, but is hopefully a sign for things to come from not only them, but the rest of the swimmers.

“This is the first time Jonathan Smyth got first in all of his swims in the Lloyd meet, so it was good of him to get gold,” said Smyth. “But just overall everyone had really good swims, no one really stuck out a lot, but definitely Jonathan and Jessica.”
The meet drew 168 swimmers from 11 clubs to Lloydminster, including 32 Aquanauts.

“They were all in our region,” said Smyth, noting they are in Region C. “Probably the farthest came from Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Camrose, Wainwright.”

Kierstin Smyth is also experiencing a new part of the sport this year. She is on the other side of the goggles for the first time as coach.
“It’s different,” said Smyth, a long time Aquanaut. “I miss being in there, but it’s a lot of fun to pass on everything I’ve learned and my love and knowledge of swimming.”

This is all in preparation for regionals and provincials in Edmonton the first and second week of August, respectively.
“I think it was really good,” said Smyth. “Everyone is practicing really hard and it can only get better from here. It’s pretty exciting to see what will happen at the rest of our meets and then in regionals and provincials.

“We’re just hoping for a lot of personal bests. I know there will be some making it to provincials and we can probably expect some medals there for sure.”

Before then, however, the Aquanauts will be hosting Alberta Games qualifying this Sunday at the leisure centre from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. On July 10 the Aquanauts are in Fort Saskatchewan for their next official meet.



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