Tuesday, August 18, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“We would expect
council to honour their commitments.”
- Lethbridge College  
- official statement 
on the Crowsnest Centre 


A summer of hard work has paid off for several local swimmers with the Pass Piranhas Swim Club, with nine young fish qualifying for provincial competition in Edmonton on August 15 and 16.
The club competed in the regional swim meet in Lethbridge on August 8 and 9, and their success is a testament to both months of training and the work of their coaches.
“We’ve seen an improvement in all the swimmers,” says coach Brent Gaudreau. “It’s been a fantastic season.”
Gaudreau says he likes to focus on competition more against the self than against others, encouraging swimmers to push for personal bests. That way, he says, there is always a chance for success even though there can only be one official winner in every race.
Some swimmers in the club improved their times by as much as two minutes, says Gaudreau, and the swimmers who have been in the pool for several years already, while making smaller improvements in their times, have been adding new technical skills to their swims.
At the regional swim meet, 71 percent of the races from Piranhas swimmers resulted in new personal bests. Gaudreau says that this makes him very happy and proud as a coach.
“The biggest thing I’m looking for is personal improvement,” he says.
Qualifying for provincials in individual events were: Ethan Ballak for 25 Breast and 100 IM, and as an alternate for 25 Free; Samantha Bleich for 25 Back and 25 Free; Keiran Douglas for 50 Back and as an alternate for 25 Fly; Zachary Michalski for 100 Free and as an alternate for 50 Back; and Nathan Sydora as an alternate for 50 Breast.
Samantha Bleich, Jasmine Sydora, Kennedy Michalski, and Abbey-Anne Hughes qualified as a team for the girls 8 and under 100 Medley Relay. Maddisson Harrison joined Samantha, Abbey-Anne, and Kennedy on the qualifying girls 8 and under 100 Free Relay team.
Zachary Michalski, Ethan Ballak, Nathan Sydora, and Keiran Douglas qualified as a team for the boys 9 and 10 100 Free Relay.
In addition, Nathan Sydora, Keiran Douglas, Ethan Ballak, Samantha Bleich, and coach Brent Gaudreau qualified individually for regional relays, relay teams made up of the best indivdual swimmers in the entire region.
In addition to the strong regional results, several Piranhas club records were broken this year –– Keiran Douglas broke the 50m backstroke record, which stood for 27 years; Aiden Douglas broke the 25m freestyle record, 50m freestyle and 25m flutterboard record; Ethan Ballak broke the 25m breaststroke record; and Lyndon Ewen broke the 25m backstroke record.
The swimmers and their families were scheduled to leave for Edmonton on Friday, August 14.
Watch next week’s issue of the Herald for results from their provincial competition.
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