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NEARING THE WALL – Whitehorse Glacier Bears swimmer Jayden Martsinkiw competes in the 400 metre IM during the 2019 Yukon Championship Swim Meet at the Canada Games Centre on April 26.

Swimmers dive into Yukon Championships

The Canada Games Centre pool was a busy place on April 26 and 27 as 110 competitors, aged 6-16, as well as three Special Olympic athletes competed in the 2019 Yukon Championship Swim Meet.

By John Tonin on May 7, 2019

The Canada Games Centre pool was a busy place on April 26 and 27 as 110 competitors, aged 6-16, as well as three Special Olympic athletes competed in the 2019 Yukon Championship Swim Meet.

The meet featured teams from Whitehorse, Haines, Alaska, and Special Olympics Yukon.

A report released by the coaches said, "for some of our youngest swimmers, this was their first racing experience."

The aggregate winners of the younger age groups are as follows.

Kaia Eikland was the top swimmer in the girls U8. River Powell came second and Makayla Henry third.

The boys U8 was won by Roy Oborne, with Caedmon Del Prete and Jett Schommer coming in second and third respectively.

Sabine Keesey was the winner of the 9/10 girls category on aggregate. Ella Germanin and Naomi Pearce rounded out the top three.

McConnell Robinson took the boys category and Hugh Stopps, fresh off a successful trip to Calgary, came second. Fin Bradford came third.

During the meet, the coaches said many of the athletes achieved new personal bests. Also, many of the athletes were trying tougher events such as the 100 fly, 200 IM (individual medley) and the 800 freestyle for the first time.

Over the course of the meet, the coaches said the swimmers improved upon their races between morning heats and afternoon finals despite the tough schedule with races in quick succession.

Whitehorse Glacier Bears swimmer Thomas Gishler, who competed in the 13/14 category, broke five Yukon Championship meet records.

He now holds the fastest times in the 200 fly, 200 free, 400 free, 200 IM, and 1500 free.

Gishler's time in the 1500 free, 18:00.85, was also a new club record.

Mia Barrault, also of the Glacier Bears, set a new meet record in the 200 breast.

Athletes Zoe Benitah, Lauren Faulkner, Madie Mead and Hayden Westropp qualified for the Western Canada Summer Games. They are eligible to represent the Yukon at the swimming portion of the multi-sport competition in Swift Current, Sask., in August.

The coaches said the older swimmers were excellent leaders on relay teams that were helping the younger athletes stay positive and ready to great.

As well, the coaches report said it was great to see the display of maturity and leadership by swimmers who complete proper cool-downs, staying positive and cheering on their teammates.

The aggregate winner of the girls 11/12 age group was Breanna Faulkner. Lauren Faulkner was second and Melody Qiu third.

Garrison DelPrete was the top boy in the 11/12 category. Tuja Dreyer and Liam Gishler also medalled.

The girls 13/14 aggregate winner was Barrault. Kassua Dreyer and Amelia Ford came second and third. Thomas Gishler was the boys champion.

In the final age group, 15 and over Alexa Mannen took the top spot. Camilla Hallock was second and Amelia Wallace third.

Aidan Harvey won the boys side and Westropp and Kevin Spofford rounded out the top finishers.

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