Lloydminster Aquanaut Newspaper Articles.
Kelly dominates provincials
Sunday July 10, 2005
Lloydminster Meridian Booster
The next sport Jessica Kelly may want to try is high jumping, that is if she
ever wants to hit the bar she set this past weekend in Calgary.
Kelly may have been the only Aquanat at the A provincials, but she more than
made up for it as she made the trip back to Lloyd with five medals.
“I was so happy when it was all over because it was a stressful week,”
said Kelly, 14. “In the finals you just feel sick because you’re so
nervous, but when it’s all over and you’ve won, it just feels awesome.”
Not only did she earn gold in both 50-metre butterfly and the 50-metre backstroke,
silver in the 50-metre freestyle and 100-metre backstroke, and a bronze in the
100-metre butterfly, she did it in grand fashion, resetting her personal best
in each category.
Her coach Tyler Totman knew she was capable of big things in the pool, but
this went far beyond what he thought she was going to do.
“This is more than we expected out of Jessica,” he said. “She
was stronger and in better shape than she’s been in previously, but you
still don’t expect her to swim as well as she did. The older you get, the
harder the competition, and she truly shone at this swim meet.”
She even surprised herself. Kelly entered provincials ranked seventh or eighth
in just about every event, and has only been training for two months, where most
of her competition has been in the pool for 11 months already. But that’s
why the race isn’t settled on paper.
“I felt good and I had a lot of energy,” said Kelly. “When
I got in the pool I had good endurance. I had a perfect weekend, it just felt
Now she is training five days a week at the Lloyd Leisure Centre as she prepares
for Club Nationals on July 22 in Winnipeg.
This won’t be her first trip to nationals – that was last year.
Last time, though, she didn’t do as well as she hoped as the jitters got
the best of her. This time should be different, as hopes are she will bring home
a medal or two, especially in her 50-metre butterfly.
“I really want to make a couple of finals and do well, getting some
best times again,” said Kelly. “It’s a huge meet, there are
so many kids and everyone is awesome. You really have to be on your game and know
what you’re getting into.”
Totman says if she keeps improving like she is, good things will come her way.
She may even grab a coveted NCAA scholarship.
“This is the best we’ve ever had one of our older swimmers do
in the ASSA as far as total medal haul,” said Totman. “She is definitely
a step ahead of any other female swimmer I’ve seen in my 15 years of coaching
and swimming. There is no reason Jessica Kelly cannot make a national team in
the future. She’ll probably be able to swim for a university.”
This weekend the Aquanauts are off to three different events. On Saturday
they will have the choice between Wainwright and Fort Saskatchewan, and on Sunday
most of them will be in Provost for one of their few outdoor meets of the year.