NCSA swimmers place well in home meet
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 11:33 am
Sometimes, competing in front of friends and family can create more pressure on an athlete than they might regularly experience.
However, that wasn’t the case for the members of the Nose Creek Swim Association (NCSA) on Feb. 8 and 9, as they were the home team for the John Timmermans Memorial Invitational swim meet at Genesis Place.
“With this being a home meet, our swimmers are more comfortable with making the dives and the turns in a pool that they already know from swimming in it on a regular basis,” NCSA Head Coach David Loyola said.
“You also don’t have to deal with having to travel a long distance for a meet, and all of the things that go along with that,” he added. “But as we tell our swimmers, all you need to do well is to have a lane to swim in and you just go from there.”
The swimmers say they have noticed the advantages of competing at home.
“Well the drive here is easier for starters,” said 11-year-old Airdrie native Matthew Arango. “It just feels easier to swim here though, as you don’t have to change up your approach for anything that can be different.”
“For example, we sometimes go to pools that have eight lanes instead of the six lanes here in Airdrie, and you have to get used to trying to swim with seven other guys,” Arango added. “If you aren’t ready for that, you probably won’t be prepared for everything that is going on.”
The highlight of the meet for the NCSA was the fact that seven swimmers earned spots in the Alberta Age Group Southern Region Trials events, which will take place at the Talisman Centre in Calgary on Feb. 21 to 23.
Four of those qualifiers are from Airdrie 12-year-old Trinity Archer (200m individual medley), 11-year-old Keegan Brown (200m individual medley), 13-year-old Morgan Pickard (200m individual medley) and 10-year-old Paige Zubot (400m freestyle). All punched their tickets to Calgary over the course of the two-day meet.
“We have 37 swimmers on our team that will be going to Calgary in two weeks time, which is the most that we have ever had going to that event,” Loyola said. “The team has been doing really well over the last couple of years, and we are really seeing our overall performances improve at the meets that we compete in.”
“To prepare ourselves for that meet in Calgary, we will be going to the Talisman Centre on Family Day (Feb. 17) for a practice session,” he added. “We just want to get our swimmers used to the pool and have them all set to go for the weekend.”