The Stettler Swim Club has been on a roll, swimming race after race at meet after meet. On Jan. 30, three swimmers attended the Penguin Novice series in Edmonton. Brett Mercier swam 25 free in 32.11 and 50 free in 1:34.01. Ellijade Anderson swam 25 free in 21.03 and 100 IM in 2:08.33, while Pilar Mccann swam 50 free in 57.33 and 50 fly in 1:15.88.
During the Valentine’s Day weekend, the swim club swam at the Rocky Barracuda Valentine’s meet in Rocky Mountain House on Feb.13. Stephen Teasdale swam 400 free in 6:17.72 and 50 free in 38.78. Claire Hunter swam 50 back in 43.61 and 100 free in 1:20.25. Brett Mercier swam 25 back in 37.33.
Our biggest meet so far was the Catalina Valentine Invitational meet in Red Deer on Feb. 19 and 20. Highlights from this meet were Jenny Munholland swimming 100 breast in 2:14.78, 200 IM in 3:03.58 and 50 free in 47.89. Ellijade Anderson swam 50 breaststroke in 57.68 and 50 free in 48.78. Pilar Mccann swam 50 breaststroke in 1:05.27 and 50 fly in 1:12.32.
Nicholas Baharally swam 50 free in 31.92, 400 free in 5:38.58 and 200 breaststroke in 3:17.29. Wes Wilson swam his 100 free in 1:06.48, 50 fly in 35.91 and 50 free in 30.04. Cassidy Munholland swam her 800 free in 12:42.33, 200 IM in 3:39.34 and 50 free in 37.64. Claire Hunter beat her 100 free time by two seconds swimming a 1:18.06 and also swam a 400 free in a time of 5:45.24. Stephen Zuk swam 50 free in 33.80, 100 free in 1:14.92 and 50 fly in 43.44. Brett Mercier swam 50 free in 1:22.14. Stephen Teasdale swam his 400 free in 6:11.61 and 200 IM in 3:35.23. Erin Yaremcio swam a 400 free time of 5:49.97 and a 200 IM time of 3:10.06.
For the month of January the club celebrated Colin Mccan and Emily Van Esch as swimmers of the month. For the month of February, that torch was passed to Taylor Perkins and Brett Mercier.
The competitive club has been training hard to send swimmers to the provincial age group trials (B meet) and age group provincials (A meet), where we are sure they will represent the club well.
In the meantime, local swimmer Alana Skocdopole, who continues to flourish in her new club in Red Deer, has qualified for the nationals in seniors category in 50 m. freestyle after winning a bronze medal at the 2010 Western Canada Swimming Championships in Saskatoon Feb. 19-21.
Alana also broke the Catalina swim club’s record in 50 m. fly and 4X200 freestle relay, 4 x 100 freestyle relay and the 4 x 100 medley relay.