Provincials and Summer-Club Over for 2006
The grand finale of the summer-club swimming season, the Provincials, were held in Calgary at Talisman Centre Saturday and Sunday, the 19th and 20th. The kids tried hard and had some best-times and some not-so-great swims, but they had fun and I’m very proud of them. Emily had two seventh-place finishes, in the 50 back and the very competitive 25 fly. Mack was closer to 12th-15th in his swims, but he had a good swim in the fly and just OK in the 25 and 50 free and 100 IM. In the IM in particular, which was his last swim, he looked very tired. The Provincials is one of only two meets during the summer club season in Alberta that runs for two days, so it’s tough on the little kids. Mack was disappointed in his performance, but I told him you can’t have your best meet every time, and you have to just learn and move forward. Besides, Provincials was the only meet of the whole season where he didn’t win an aggregate medal, so he’s got a heck of a lot to be proud of. He also had a blast swimming on the regional relays with his compatriots from the other clubs in our region. In particular he had a good time with Shay from Drayton Valley.
Emily didn’t finish in the medals in any of her individual events or her club relays, but during the regional relays, where she swam on teams with the other fastest girls in our region, they managed to just miss bronze in the medley relay by 1/100th of a second, and they got the bronze in the free relay in another close race. She got to stand on the podium, which was thrilling for her.
Emily was pretty much the fastest nine-year-old at the provincials this year, which means that next year she should be at the top in 9-and-10 girls. Likewise, Mack was either fastest or in the top three seven-year-olds in each of his swims, which bodes well for him next year when everybody faster than him has moved up to 9-and-10.
In any case, they finished the year loving swimming more than ever, which really is the point after all. Now we get a few weeks off, which will be nice, before water polo starts up.