The Long Course Far Western Swimming Championships hosted by the Pacific Swimming Association concluded this past weekend, in San Jose California. Two Sault Ste Marie Aquatic Club swimmers (SSMAC) were in attendance as well as five swimmers from Sudbury Laurentian Swim Club (SLSC).
SSMAC records numbers eleven and twelve were set by fifteen year old Chenoa Naylor competing at this meet for the first time. Chenoa posted a 2:28.86 in preliminaries of the 200 meter butterfly, qualifying her for finals were she posted a time of 2:28.81 and finished fifth. The next day, swimming in the 15-16 year old women’s 100 meter butterfly, Naylor set a new club record of 1:06.45 finishing seventh bettering her time from preliminaries at 1:07.31.
Naylor also posted a personal best time and a new SSMAC club record of 2:12.76 in the 200 meter freestyle, however did not advance to finals.
Also competing in her first Far Western Swimming Championships, sixteen year old Kalen Critchley narrowly missed the final in the 15-16 year old 100 backstroke with a personal best time of 1:09.49. Kalen also had a personal best time of 2:30.54 in the 200 backstroke, but did not qualify for finals. Critchley also had personal best times in the 200 meter freestyle and the 400 meter freestyle.
The previous weekend, SSMAC swimmers Kris Langevin, Steven Lee, Tyler Smith and Shane Rock competed at the 2012 Canadian Age Group Championships in Calgary, Alberta at the Talismen Centre.
This competition hosted approximately 1600 of Canada’s top eighteen and under swimmers representing more than 180 swim clubs in a five day competition. Sessions often exceeded five hours in twin Olympic sized 50 meter swimming tanks to accommodate the scheduled events each day. The four swimmers representing SSMAC included fourteen year old Kris Langevin, fifteen year old Tyler Smith, sixteen year old Steven Lee and seventeen year old Shane Rock.
Langevin led the way with six personal bests including the 50 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter freestyle as well as the 50 meter backstroke, 50 meter butterfly and 100 meter butterfly. Lee and Smith were close behind with four personal best swims each. Smith had personal bests in the 100 meter and 200 meter breastroke, as well as the 50 meter and 100 meter breastroke.
Lee had personal bests in the 50 meter and 200 meter breastroke as well as the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle.
Veteran SSMAC swimmer Shane Rock had a personal best in the 200 meter backstroke. Rock, combined with Langevin, Smith and Lee posted a seasons best time in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:44.96. This was just two seconds off the club record of 1:42.12.
Langevin, Smith and Paul Widgett will combine with Naylor, Critchley and Erin Lee will combine with 18 other swimmers to be part of the North Eastern Ontario Region (NEOR) All Stars to compete at the upcoming Ontario Summer Games in Toronto. Best of luck to SSMAC swimmers, head coach Dan Stratton and the entire NEOR team.