Stettler swimmers start season, Alana Skocdopole wins four gold medals

The Stettler Swim Club attended their first swim meet of the season in Sylvan Lake on Saturday, Oct 24 in what the new head coach Amanda Hugh described as “a great start to the year,”

The Stettler Swim Club attended their first swim meet of the season in Sylvan Lake on Saturday, Oct 24 in what the new head coach Amanda Hugh described as “a great start to the year,”

The meet started with Elli Anderson and Jenny Munholland swimming the 100 M medley with times of 2:02 and 2:04, respectively, and 56:05 and 1:09:50 in 50 backstroke. Erin Yaremcio placed first in her age group in 100 m. backstroke with a time of 1:34:51. and second in her age group with a time of 1:33:34 in 100 m. medley .

Pilar McCann and Brett Mercier swam a speedy 25 meter backstroke with times of 31:02 and 34:19.

“Pilar also swam 1:17:09 in 50 backstroke. For his first swim meet, Brett swam a 47:44 in 25 freestyle, and finished with a huge smile on his face,” said Hugh.

Claire Hunter placed first in 50 m. free style with a time of 35:58 and swam a new best time of 3:16:20 in 200 m. medley and came third in her age group in 100 m. backstroke with a time of 1:34:11.

Pilar McCann dropped seven seconds in the 100 m. backstroke with a time of 2:35:24, according to coach Hugh.

Wes Wilson placed first in 50 m. freestyle with 30:74 and came second in 100 m. breaststroke with a time of 1:34:17.

Cassidy Munholland placed first in her age group for 100 m. free style with 1:26:32 and was second in 400 freestyle with 6:26:52.

Stephen Teasdale swam 39:34 in 50 freestyle and 6:47:29 in 400 freestyle while Colin McCann clocked 1:22:46 in 100 m. freestyle and 51:77 in 50 m. breaststroke.

The event was attended by the Sylvan Lake Nauticals, Red Deer Catalinas and the Rocky Baraccuda swim club from Rocky Mountain House.

In the meantime, Stettler Swim Club has announced that two new junior coaches were added to their team: Buchanan Hunter and Lauren Bromwich.

Alana Skocdopole. meanwhile, fresh from her gold medal winning cross country race, has started the swimming season winning four gold medals with her new swim club, Red Deer’s Catalina.

Mandi Smith, the Catalina swim club coach, said Alana won gold in 800 m. freestyle (new western time), 200 m. medley, 100 m. butterfly and 50 m. butterfly at the Sylvan Lake meet.

Smith said Alana had eight of the 10 best personal times at the meet. .

Alana Skocdopole also won silver medals in 100 m. freestyle, 100 m. breaststroke, 50 m. freestyle, 50 m. breaststroke and 100 m. medley in addition to a bronze medal in 200 m. breaststroke.