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CALLS IT QUITS – Elite Yukon swimmer Bronwyn Pasloski, pictured diving into the pool in Calgary last month, has retired from competitive swimming. Last Thursday, she competed in the 2016 Olympic trials.

Pasloski retires after missing out on Olympic team

Another high-profile Yukon athlete has called it a career.

By Marcel Vander Wier on April 12, 2016

Another high-profile Yukon athlete has called it a career.

Bronwyn Pasloski, 23, retired from competitive swimming Sunday, following the Canadian Olympic swim trials in Toronto.

She made the announcement on Facebook and Instagram.

Pasloski, the daughter of Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, competed in the 100-metre breast stroke last Thursday, finishing ninth among 57 Canadian Olympic hopefuls.

In order to qualify for the Canadian swim roster for the 2016 Rio Olympics this August, Pasloski needed to finish top-two as well as crack the Olympic time standard.

Pasloski’s time of 1:10.39 was a little more than two seconds off the Olympic qualifying mark of 1:07.85.

Her best-ever result in the race is 1:08.5.

Canada’s two swimmers making the Olympic roster in the event were Kierra Smith (1:06.93) and Rachel Nicol (1:07.10).

The Olympic trials proved to be an “extremely emotional and draining experience, but an amazing one regardless,” said Pasloski, who only competed in the 100-metre event due to a flare-up in her shoulder.

“Not many people can say they contended in an Olympic trial final, so I am quite humbled to have had the opportunity to do so.”

The Canadian Olympic and Para-swimming trials were held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre April 5 to 10.

A graduate of the Whitehorse Glacier Bears swim program, Pasloski went on to star for the Indiana Hoosiers, where she served time as team captain.

Pasloski spent five years at Indiana University, studying kinesiology.

She spent this season in Calgary, where she swam under the supervision of Dave Johnson, former head coach of Swimming Canada.

Most of Pasloski’s recent success was in the 100 breast stroke, and in her third attempt at an Olympic berth, she decided to go all in on that distance.

“Before going into the race, I didn’t really know exactly what to expect,” said Pasloski, who qualified for the A final on Thursday morning with a time of 1:10.66.

“It was a good experience,” she noted. “It’s the best I’ve ever placed at an Olympic trials. It was nice to end on that note.

“Of course, if I had made the team, I would have continued on for the summer, but the next Olympic trials is in another four years. ... There’s a moment when you know you are done, and I’m happy to have called it quits.”

Pasloski said the decision to retire is aided by the fact she wants to focus on the study of medicine.

“I do have a lot of ambitions to start reaching my goals outside of swimming,” she said.

Pasloski’s retirement is the latest in a string of star Yukoners bidding goodbye to competitive sports, including fellow swim standouts MacKenzie Downing and Alexandra Gabor, as well as cyclist Zach Bell and wrestler Brittanee Laverdure.

Earlier this year, Pasloski was one of four nominees for Sport Yukon’s International Female Athlete of the Year award, won by cross-country skier Emily Nishikawa.

Pasloski thanked her parents, Darrell and Tammie, for their incredible support throughout her career, and also lauded her Whitehorse supporters – including her first coaches.

“I definitely don’t think at the time, being in Whitehorse, that I’d be able to do some of the things I have done,” she said.

“I think I’ve surpassed some of the expectations that people had of me in terms of the sport.

“I’ve gotten so much support from everyone from home. It’s great to have always had that. ... It was definitely pretty humbling and something I’ll cherish, for sure.”

Comments (1)

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Joe Novakowski on Apr 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Awesome effort Bronwyn. You should be proud to have earned the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Trials as only a select group of athletes will make it to that level. All the best in your future efforts in the field of Medicine.

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