This weekend ten Rainbow Swim Club members competed at the Cariboo Regional Championships, hosted by the Seals Swim Club in Dawson Creek.
Thomas Jacob approached the meet with the goal to swim a sub-30-second 50 meter freestyle hanging over his head. In six previous attempts over the course of the summer season, Thomas had not broken the time barrier – his fastest, maddeningly, was a 30.06. Time barriers can wreak havoc in the minds of competitive swimmers, especially in high-pressure situations like the last meet of one’s season. Apparently this was not an issue for Thomas. He swam a 29.7 in the morning and a 29.3 to win gold in the event later that night. Thomas also won his 50m butterfly, his 100m breaststroke (with a three-second drop), and his 100m freestyle (with a two-second drop).
Marko Tkalec won his favorite event the 100m backstroke, placed second to Thomas in the 50m butterfly with a two-second time drop, placed second again to Thomas in the 100m freestyle, and placed third in his 50m freestyle.
Erica Rooke, after a limited summer of training, nevertheless took two seconds off her 50m freestyle, four seconds off her 100m freestyle, three seconds off her 100m backstroke, and one second off her 50m butterfly. Go figure. Despite the low-mileage, Erica applied herself this summer to improving her stroke technique, which supports the notion of fast racing as a dance performance as well as a sweaty feat of testosterone and masochism.
Kazee Tackitt placed second in her 50m butterfly, third in her 100m freestyle with a three-second drop, fourth in her 100m backstroke with a one-second drop, and fourth in her 50m free with a best time by four one-hundredths of a second.
Connor Lindberg suffered slightly from fatigue after a week of camping at Ness Lake but thankfully still brought his Federer-esque technique to all of his races. Connor placed third and took a second off his 50m backstroke, placed fourth in his 100 Individual Medley and 100 freestyle, and took five seconds off his 50m breaststroke for a fifth-place finish.
Mattie Ludvigson won her 50m backstroke with a five-second time drop and her 50m breaststroke with a three-second drop. Mattie placed second in her 50m free with a two-second shave (her time from preliminaries would have given her the win in the final), and placed second to Camryn in her 100m freestyle with a four-second shave.
Camryn Lindberg swam the meet’s fastest girls division two 50m freestyle, 43 seconds, in her prelim, but unfortunately was disqualified for a false start. No matter – Camryn came first in her 50m butterfly with a three-second best time and first again in her 100m free with an astounding 11-second best time.
Helena Tkalec won her 50m backstroke with a seven-second time-drop, placed second in her 50m free with a three-second drop, third in her 50m breast with a two-second drop, and fourth in her 100m IM with a nine-second drop. Helena and Camryn are on the short-list for most improved Rainbow swimmer this summer, or perhaps for best competitive season.
Bojan Tkalec shaved five seconds off his 50m freestyle for a third-place finish and followed the same procedure for his 50m breast. Bojan placed second in his 50m backstroke and cracked the two-minute barrier in his 100m freestyle for the first time.
Reggie Ludvigson posted her first official 50m breaststroke time and then beat it by five seconds in finals, and shaved two seconds off both her 50 and 100m freestyle.
The Rainbows’ competitive season is over for all but three – Camryn Lindberg, Kazee Tackitt, and Erica Rooke will race in two weeks at the BC Summer Swimming Association’s Provincial championships. The girls join a team of 20 swimmers from the other northern clubs (the Pisces Swim Club in Prince George, the Dawson Creek Seals, and the Quesnel Aquatic Club Sea Lions) who will represent the Cariboo region at the meet.
If you have photos from the meet, please send them to me and I will put them up in the gallery!
Camryn Lindberg and Kyra Tuck are the Rainbow Swim Club swimmers of the week!
Kyra joined swim club this year and has already made it out to three of our meets! Kyra learned many new skills in the last couple of months, showing lots of talent for breaststroke. In fact Kyra swam her first official 50 breaststroke in Quesnel last weekend. Kyra is silly, grinning, and hilarious. Kyra's gifts as a swimmer and tireless humor make her a Rainbow favorite.
Camryn is on the short-list for the year's most-improved RSC member. This summer Camryn leapt ahead in many skills including dives, streamlines, turns, push offs, and all of her strokes (she has a talent for fly that most 9-year-olds do not share) . Camryn's hard work is having an immense payoff: at Quesnel last weekend she won the gold aggregate medal with first place finishes in the 100 free, 50 free and 50 fly and second place finishes in the 50 back and 50 breast. A competitive instinct plus a patient and positive attitude make Camryn a formidable athlete and beloved club member.
Here is the schedule for the last week of practices:
TUE 8:30-10:00 regular morning practice for Orca
TUE 5:00 lake BBQ + AGM
WED 4:00-6:00 Amazing Race all members please come!
THU 8:30-10:00 Swimopoly for ALL MEMBERS
THU 10:30 Pancake breakfast at Judy's!
FRI 7:00-8:00am last touch-up practice before regionals
The swimmers of the week are brought to you by Dunkley Lumber!
This weekend in Quesnel the Sea Lions summer swim club hosted a meet. Fifteen Rainbow Swim Club members competed: Kyra Tuck, Reggie Ludvigson, Emily Carey, Camryn Lindberg, Mattie Ludvigson, Esther McIntyre, Morgan Strouse, Kazee Tackitt, Connor Lindberg, Curtis Hornidge, Carter Strouse, Thomas Jacob, and Erica Rooke. Camryn won the gold aggregate medal in her division and her brother Connor won the bronze in his. Thomas won the gold aggregate medal for his division and Erika won the gold in her division.
Danika Tuck and Genevieve and Jocelyn McIntyre were the only female swimmers in the six and under ‘pups’ age division. Normally at swim meets the pups will race single lengths (25m) of freestyle, backstroke, and kick with a kick-board. In Quesnel the girls raced 50m, two lengths, of free, back, and kick, as well as a 25 breaststroke and even a 25 butterfly. The pups 25 butterfly was one of the highlights of the meet – Danika, Genevieve and Jocelyn all swam the stroke like professionals, never mind that we haven’t covered it in practice yet.
In two weeks the Rainbow Swim Club will take a team to Dawson Creek to compete at the Cariboo regional swim meet. We hope to take a big team and compete better than we ever have!
The Rainbow Swim Club would like to thank its sponsors: Lo and Elliot Orthodontics, Aurico Metals, and Kal Tire.
Check out the Gallery for photos from the meet!
Mackenzie Blackwell and Danika Tuck are the swimmers of the week!
Mackenzie takes on the challenge this year of swimming up with the older Orca group. So far she is making it look easy. Mackenzie's two best strokes are freestyle and breaststroke. In freestyle she is a bullet, propelled by a furious kick. In breaststroke she can glide all day. After learning breaststroke pullouts Mackenzie said: "I don't know why but I'm just doing them all the time now I just love them." Hilarious and hardworking, Mackenzie is a star Rainbow swimmer.
Danika Tuck is a bursting ball of love and joy. She never stops smiling. She begins conversations with hugs. In the pups practices she is an angel, graceful when called upon to demonstrate a drill. She excels in flutter and breaststroke kick and wants to get better. Danika is a bubbly and competitive Rainbow swimmer.
Our sponsor of the week is Mt Milligan! And finally - next weekend is Quesnel!
The swimmers of the week are Kazee Tackitt and Morgan Strouse!
Kazee and Morgan both made it to six of the seven practices this week.
Kazee is emerging as a powerhouse racer. Highly competitive, she is putting more and more effort in at practice. Kazee is also undefeated in leg tag this season.
Morgan has had good attendance the whole season so far, even though she has to bike over Centennial to get to the pool. This year Morgan is more competitive, in practice and at swim meets. Morgan brings good discipline and good humor to the Rainbow Swim Club.
This weekend the Rainbow Swim Club (RSC) hosted a meet at the Mackenzie Rec center. Visiting teams included the Quesnel Sea Lions, the Dawson Creek Seals and Prince George's Pisces. There was also one swimmer representing the Fort Nelson Fins.
Danika Tuck, Broden Chase and Genevieve and Jocelyn McIntyre represented the RSC in the pups (ages 6 and under) division. This was Danika and Broden's first meet. Genevieve came first in overall points for the girls and Broden came second for the boys.
Kelsey Blackwell won the 50 back and came second in the 50 free and 100 free.
Helena Tkalec placed third in the 50 breast.
Mattie Ludvigson won the girls' division two gold aggregate medal. Mattie won the 100 IM, 50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, and the 100 free, and came second in the 50 fly.
Camryn Lindberg won the girls' division two silver aggregate medal. Camryn came second in the 50 free, 50 breast and 100 free, and won the 50 fly
Bojan Tkalec won the boys' division one silver aggregate medal.
Connor Lindberg won the boys' division two silver aggregate medal
Mackenzie Blackwell came third in the 50 breaststroke.
Kazee Tackitt came second in her 200 IM, 100 back, 50 free and 100 free, third in her 50 fly
Marko Tkalec tied for the boys' division five silver aggregate medal with Kyle Hicks from Prince George. Marko won the 100 back, placed third in the 200 IM, 100 breast and 100 fly, and placed second in the 50 free and 50 fly.
Thomas Jacob won the boys' division five gold aggregate medal. Thomas won the 200 IM, 50 free, 100 fly, 50 fly and 100 free, came second in the 100 breast, and came third in the 100 back.
Also representing the RSC at this meet: Emily Carey, Kyra Tuck, Charlotte Hopkins, Liberty Grattan, Reggie Ludvigson, Esther McIntyre, Hailey Kennedy, Morgan and Carter Strouse (both swimming their first 200 IMs), and Erica Rooke.
The next official meet for the Rainbow Swim Club is in Quesnel in four weeks. There may be a make-up meet, however, in two weeks' time.
The Rainbows would like to thank their sponsor of the week, the Rotary Club of Mackenzie.
Check out the gallery for Ray's photos from the meet!
The swimmers of the week are Reggie Ludvigson and Helena Tkalec!
Reggie has been learning breaststroke for the past couple of weeks and on Thursday she put it all together for the first time! Butterfly next! Reggie is super competitive and interested in improving. She always lets me know she has understood an instruction with a big earnest 'OK!' Reggie enlivens every practice she comes to with her happy, bubbly attitude. I look forward to Reggie's breaststroke at our meet next weekend.
Helena is emerging as a talented racer this year. Helena's work in practice enables her fast racing. She flattened out her breaststroke this week, conquered the first stages of butterfly, and swam one of the fastest times for our 200m test set. Helena has been leading the lane more and more often and is learning to enjoy it. Helena is a smart, ambitious Rainbow swimmer and we benefit from having her in the pool.
The Rainbow swimmers of the week are brought to you by Mike Morris MLA!
This weekend Prince George's Pisces swim club hosted the summer's first regional swim meet. Fourteen Rainbow swimmers attended.
Genevieve and Jocelyn McIntyre placed first and second in each of the 6-and-under or 'pups' events: the 25m free, 25m back and 25m flutter kick.
Reggie Ludvigson swam her first 50m backstroke, (twice, two-seconds faster the second time), and recorded her first official time for the 100 freestyle.
Emily Carey swam a 22-second best time in her 50 freestyle! Emily posted her first official 50 breaststroke time in prelims and then beat it by a second in finals. Emily also posted her first official 100 free time.
Kelsey Blackwell lowered her best times in both the 50 fly and 50 back by seven seconds. She placed second in the 50 back and the 100 free, the last with a 16-second time drop and a nail-biting race with the first place winner. She beat her 50 breast time by six seconds.
Helena Tkalec lowered her 50 free best time by four seconds, breaking the one-minute barrier in the process, took seven seconds off her 50 breast time and took three seconds off her 100 free time. Helena also put down her first official time in the 100 Individual Medley.
Camryn Lindberg lowered her 50m free best time by four seconds. Camryn placed second in the 50 fly, posting her first official time for the event, and second in the 100 free with an incredible 15-second drop. Camryn went into the 100 free in sixth place and beat all the girls seeded ahead of her except for Mattie with a display of masterful pacing.
Mattie Ludvigson tied with Ava McGillivray from Quesnel for the division 2 aggregate Gold medal. Mattie won the 100 IM with a 25-second time drop (!), the 50 freestyle with a two-second drop, the 50 breaststroke with a three-second drop, and the 100 free with a seven-second drop. (Mattie either won her race or was disqualified. Go big or go home.)
Esther McIntyre placed fourth in her 50 backstroke and her 50 breaststroke - taking off 13 seconds in the latter! She also took eight seconds off her 100 freestyle.
Bojan Tkalec won the division two bronze aggregate medal. Bojan lowered his best 100 IM time by 15 seconds, his 50 freestyle time by four seconds, his 50 fly by two seconds, his 50 back by four seconds, his 50 breaststroke by six seconds, and his 100 free by 11 seconds. Bojan managed all these best times while looking like he was on the edge of hypothermic collapse.
Connor Lindberg won the division 3 bronze aggregate medal. He dropped 19 seconds in his 100 IM, two seconds in his 50 free, and six seconds in his 50 breast.
Mackenzie Blackwell dropped ten seconds in her 100 IM, five seconds in her 50 free, three seconds in her 50 fly, four seconds in her 50 breast, and seven seconds in her 100 freestyle!
Kazee Tackitt swam her first 200 IM in prelims and then beat her time by two seconds when she swam it again in finals. Kazee placed second in her 100 free with an 11-second time-drop, third in the 50 free with a two-second drop, and third in her 100 back with a five second drop. Kazee also took four seconds off her 50 fly time and three seconds off her 100 breast time.
Erica Rooke, swimming in the 'OCAT' division for winter club swimmers competing in summer club meets, established records in every event. Erica swam her first 200 IM on Saturday morning and then improved her time by five seconds that afternoon.
Marko Tkalec won the division five silver aggregate medal. Marko won the 100 backstroke with a one-second best time, placed second with a three-second best time in his 100 free, dropped two seconds in his 50 free to place third, and placed third again in the 50 fly with a three-second drop (Bojan, watching from the side: "Marko is coming in third?? But my brother SUCKS at fly!"). Marko also shaved his 100 breast time by 14 seconds!
Thomas Jacob won the gold aggregate medal in division five. Thomas swam his first 100 fly and won it. Thomas also won his 50 fly with a three-second shave, took five seconds off his 100 backstroke time, and took three seconds off his 100 freestyle time. In the 200 IM Thomas posted an 18 second best time and was the only swimmer to make it to finals without being disqualified.
Ray Jacob represented the Hammerheads in the 50m freestyle! Way to go Ray!
Prince George proved a good start to the season for the Rainbows. I look forward to our home meet in a couple of week's time. We will send out the events for that meet within the next few days.
I probably got some of the time-improvements wrong. I probably got most of the time-improvements wrong in fact, and there are sure to be other mistakes. Please let me know if I have misrepresented your swimmer's achievements in one way or another, before I send this out to the radio tomorrow!
I didn't get enough footage for a video - I will have to combine the footage from this meet with the next one or maybe some from practice. But check out the gallery for photos from the meet taken by Ray and Kerry! And if you have more photos feel free to send them to me!
Our sponsor of the week is Mackenzie Pulp Mill!
The Rainbow swimmers of the week are Thomas Jacob and Genevieve McIntyre!
Thomas hasn't missed a practice this season. Thomas provides an example for the rest of Orca with his willingness to attack hard sets (helped by competition from Marko). Thomas made significant and difficult changes to his fly this week. He has a talent for the stroke and a knack for performing in competition which make him an invaluable club member and ambassador.
Genevieve also hasn't missed a practice this season and also has a knack for competitive performance. Genevieve is powered by an uncanny flutter kick. The little engine that could. Genevieve has a head-start on many other swimming skills as well. Genevieve and her sister listen attentively and swim with vigor. The club is lucky to have strong swimmers at such a young age.
The Rainbow swimmers of the week are brought to you by 103.5 CHMM Mackenzie!