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Lindsay sisters continue to lead the way for Bears

The Lindsay sisters are continuing to make waves in competitive swimming for the Yukon.

By Whitehorse Star on February 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm

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The Lindsay sisters are continuing to make waves in competitive swimming for the Yukon.

Cassis Lindsay, 13, and her 11-year-old sister Rennes combined to win three medals for the Whitehorse Glacier Bears at the Swim B.C. AAA Short Course Championships in Kamloops earlier this month.

Seven Yukon swimmers competed in the four-day meet.

Rennes claimed gold in her age group in the 400-metre individual medley and added a silver in the 200-m freestyle.

Her gold-medal swim has her ranked fourth in Canada amongst her age group.

She also swam to two fifths, a sixth and a 14th.

Cassis, meanwhile, won bronze in the 100-m backstroke in her category, age 12 to 13. On the first night of the meet, she broke a club record in the 50-m backstroke time, finishing her swim in 31.88 seconds.

Bronwyn Pasloski, now captain of the Indiana University Hoosiers, had owned the club record for the past eight years.

Besides her bronze, the 13-year-old picked up two fourths and two seventh-place swims. Cassis’s swims qualified her for the Canadian national swimming championships in July.

Her seventh-place finish in the 100-m free was due in part to Cassis missing the wall on her turn.

Despite no push-off, her finishing time was still only one second off her best time.

However, it put the Glacier Bears out of contention for a medal.

“She finished her meet with a big smile and well-deserved happiness,” coach Malwina Bukszowana said in an email to the Star.

Though each participating Yukon swimmer set personal best times at the meet, the AAA championships were full of lessons learned for her swimmers, the coach explained.

Bukszowana said she hopes the mistakes made will motivate her swimmers to think and work harder on the little details.

Matt Blakesley shaved off more than a minute from his 1,500-m free to kick off his meet, eventually finishing 15th overall.

Thomas Bakica earned two 12th-place finishes in the 400-m individual medley and 200-m breaststroke.

Aidan Harvey’s top swim was in the 200-m backstroke, where he placed 15th, while Hannah Kingscote took 17th in the 100-m butterfly in her best race.

Thomas’s brother Luke Bakica’s top result was a 40th-place finish in the 200-m freestyle.

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