CW Shakes Holiday Rust Off at MAC Winter Invitational

By: RF - Jan. 24, 2018

MAC Winter Invitational
January 11-14

The Markham Pan Am Pool was the site of the MAC Invitational. This 3 ½ day meet was the first meet of the year for the Elite and Junior Elite Groups. The groups’ results were impressive despite being tired and sore. “It took a couple of races to shake some of the rust off from not competing for a while but by day two we were swimming great.” said coach Russ. The coach added, “It was plain to see we were having trouble finishing our races strong because of the residual fatigue of our recent training or the fatigue from not training. Either way we did get better as the meet progressed.

Ian Friesen had an outstanding competition taking the Gold in 6 events. This was Ian’s last meet as a 14-yr-old and he dominated his events. The wins were nice, but it was how fast he swam all of his races that was the most impressive. Granted it is early in the Long Course Season but Ian now has 9 TOP 3 NATIONAL Ranking, 6 events are ranked #1!!! In the last race of the competition Ian was racing his 400 Freestyle event, an event he won Gold in, did his best time and just missed the Canadian Age Record by 2 seconds. WOW Great Job!!!

Grace Payne , 13, took home 5 medals and came away with a new Provincial Time Standard in the 200 Back.

The groups were coming off a short Training Camp held over the Holidays. Ten swimmers out of 26 made all the practices held at the UW pool. Congratulations go out to: Canek and Quitze Bracho, Kelton Langman, Tori Meklensek, Tyler Bell, Gillian Fabian, Fergus Park, Andres Paz, Jannah Saad and Kieran Stone!


Tyler Bell 15
200 Back Silver
Canek Bracho 16
100 Free Silver – 50 Back Silver
Thinula De Silva 13
50 Free Silver – 100 Free Bronze – 50 Back Gold – 100 Back Silver
50 Fly Gold – 100 Fly Bronze
Ian Friesen 14
Gold Medals in the 100 – 200 – 400 – 1500 Free – 200 Back – 100 Fly
Kelton Langman 15
100 Fly Silver
Michael Redding 14
50 Breast Silver – 100 Breast Bronze – 200 Breast Bronze
Kieran Stone 14 50 Free Gold – 100 Free Silver – 200 Free Silver – 400 Free Silver
100 Back Bronze – 200 Back Bronze
Jaelyn Hall 14 800 Free Bronze
Tori Meklensek 15
50 Free Gold – 100 Free Bronze – 200 Free Gold400 Free Gold
Grace Payne 13 400 Free Silver – 800 Free Bronze –50 Back Silver – 100 Back Silver
200 Back Gold
Sophie Richard 15 800 Free Bronze
Jannah Saad 13
100 Free Silver – 50 Back Bronze
Avery Willis 14
100 Free Silver – 200 Free Gold200 IM Gold400 IM Gold

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