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Nose Creek Swim Association off to fast start this season

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 10:29 am

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The start of the 2013-14 swim season for the Nose Creek Swim Association (NCSA) has been a strong one, as the swim team has experienced success at meets in Lethbridge and Winnipeg.

“We train our kids to gear up for those opening meets in Winnipeg in November and Lethbridge in December, and we are happy with the results that our team had,” NCSA Coach Robin Loyola said

“Everyone is making progress, and that is something we are really pumped up about.”

“We spent a lot of time leading up to these meets focusing on our turns and our kicks off of the walls, which hasn’t been our team’s strong suit in the pass,” she added.

“Myself and Coach Alex Diep have been working a lot on those things with our swimmers, and we have seen a lot of improvement.”

The first meet of the season for the NCSA was the Prairie Winter International in Winnipeg from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, which saw 12 year old Zach McLeod lead the way with seven medals, including a gold medal in the 200m backstroke race.

“He was our top guy when it came to our 20 swimmers who went there, but it’s hard to just single out one person when it comes to overall performances,” Loyola explained.

“A lot of the swimmers did well when it came to cutting down their previous personal best times and in making improvements to their stroke technique, which are always goals for us when we go to a meet like this.”

At the Pronghorn Classic in Lethbridge on Dec. 6 to 8, 12 year olds Ethan Smith and Taylor Nixon led the 50-swimmer squad with dominating performances.

Smith earned nine medals during the meet, including seven gold medals in the 100m and 200m and 1,500m freestyle events, the 50m, 100m, and 200m backstroke races, and the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Nixon, meanwhile, picked up six gold medals over the course of the weekend.

Four of them being gold medals in the 4x100m freestyle and individual medleys, along with the 100m and 200m individual medleys.

“Both swimmers have been training hard for the last few years now, and that work ethic is really starting to pay off for them now, which is awesome to see,” Loyola said.

The NCSA will be taking some time off until its next meet on Jan. 17 to 19, when it will travel to Edmonton to take part in the Blue Bears meet.


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