Local swimmers making impact in pool
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 01:18 pm
While their main goals when they get into the pool is to have fun, Nose Creek Swim Association members and Airdrie residents Paige Streeter and Michael Schaan are becoming standout stars when it comes to competitions.
Both swimmers have made their mark on the club’s record books over the last couple of months, as the pair have set new benchmark times in the girls’ and boys’ 10 and under category.
Streeter, a 10 year old who has been swimming for the last three years, took part in the girls’ 11-and-over 800-metre freestyle race at the Blue Bears Swim Meet in Edmonton on Jan. 18, which she swam in a time of 13:12.49,
“I was just trying to be good in my turns and focus on my stroke,” Streeter said. “It was really all about pacing myself as well, and making sure that I wasn’t tired at the end.”
“In the past, Paige has gone out of the gates really fast and had absolutely nothing left in the tank at the end of her races,” NCSA swim coach Robin Loyola said. “She went into that race with the mindset of keeping her pace up, and she did a great job.”
As for Schaan, an 11 year old who has been swimming for five years, his record was reached in December, just before he aged out of the 10-and-under category.
Competing at the Pronghorn Classic in Lethbridge, Schaan swam the 4x100 metre individual medley in a time of 1:27.02.
“The biggest thing for me was just working hard on the last 25 metres for each stroke, as you want to make sure that you have a nice finish before the next stroke,” Schaan said.
“Michael has always been a naturally strong swimmer, but he’s starting to become more mature in the pool as well,” Loyola added.
“As a result, he’s starting to achieve more of his goals.”
The next major meet for the NCSA will be its home event at Genesis Place on Feb. 8 and 9 when it will host the John Timmermans Memorial Invitational.
Both days of swimming will get underway at 8 a.m.