Lloydminster Aquanaut Newspaper Articles.
Smyth silver in Okotoks
Booster Sports Editor
Wednesday, August 4, 2004
Lloydminster Meridian Booster — If there is ever a time for a young
athlete to succeed and do well, they might as well do it at the biggest stage
available to them.
For the swimmers of Zone 7 that time was the Alberta Summer Games in Okotoks
and High River where they came away with one of their largest medal hauls ever
from the pool.
“This was the best we had ever done as far as placements for medals in
swimming,” said coach Kierstin Smyth. “I think we are getting better
swimmers (in Zone 7), and the more we compete the better were going to get.”
Lloydminster Aquanaut product Jonathan Smyth contributed to the eight medal
onslaught with a silver of his own in the boys 15 and over 200-metre freestyle,
improving from a bronze medal in the previous games in Camrose in 2002.
“I was kind of expecting a couple of medals, I think we did better than
I expected, but we did pretty close to what we thought we were going to do heading
in,” said the rookie coach, who had her own games experience to go off of.
“It was a little different. I think it was more fun as an athlete, but it
definitely gave me a lot more experience and I learned a lot. It will definitely
help me out as a coach. But it was a lot of fun and we all had a blast.”
The three local clubs – Aquanauts, Riptides and Rebels – sent a
younger team of nine to the event. Aside from Jonathan Smyth, two other local
boys, Brayden Wells and Cory Totman, qualified for the finals in a few of the
This performance is something the coaches, which also included Tyler Totman
from the Rebels, are going to be building off of for the 2006 Alberta Games.
“This is a good experience, and a lot of them I think we probably will
see in a few years at the next one, since there are quite a few younger ones,”
said Smyth. “For the older ones it just gave them a taste of what they will
see at regionals and provincials coming up. For some of them it was good to see
how they even stood up against some of the winter club swimmers.”
There are three major competitions left in the season for the Aquanauts, all
three of them involve trips back to Edmonton. This weekend they make the trip
for a club meet, but the following two weekends is when it really gets interesting
with regionals and then provincials.