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Local swimmers clean up at Alberta Age Group Trials in Medicine Hat

By: Robin Loyola

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 10:23 am

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Thirty-two swimmers represented Airdrieís Nose Creek Swim Association (NCSA) at the Alberta Age Group Trials held in Medicine Hat over the weekend of June 13 to 15.

Forty-four times NCSA swimmers stood on the podium with an impressive 18 gold, 17 silvers and nine bronze medals. Eight new qualifiers will be joining their teammates at the provincial championships held in Edmonton July 4 to 6.

NCSA brought fast swimming on the first day in Medicine Hat for the AG Trials. Emma Konkin opened the night with a win in the 100-backstroke collecting a gold medal and a ticket to the AG Champs next month. Squadmate, Madaleine Polsfut was right behind her for a silver-medal finish in the 11 to 12-girls age group. This event also saw Taylor Nixon fighting hard from fifth place to step on the podium for a bronze medal. The boys did not want to be left out so they responded with two silvers in the 100- backstroke; Reid Bohnet and Kieran Bruce both touched the wall in second place beating some stiff competition.

Madaleine Polsfut continued her momentum with a bronze-medal swim in the 100-metre free, her second medal at the championships. The boys dominated this event sweeping the top two places on the podium in the 14 to 15 age category; Kieran out touched his teammate Marcus van Grieken for a NCSA 1-2 finish. Reid Bohnet dropped a total of 1.58 sec in the same event to clench the second place (12 to 13 year old age group).

The 200-metre fly was also a great event for NCSA. Jasmine Moore-Varga dominated her final finishing a full 25-metre ahead of the rest of the field. She was presented with a gold medal and a ticket to AG Champs for it. Tyson Lavis also won this event collecting a gold medal. Marcus van Grieken finished first and stepped on the highest podium to receive his gold medal. He previously qualified for the AG Champs.

The A-team composed of Alex Butler, Madeleine Murch, Emma Konkin and Madaleine Polsfut dropped 2.5 sec to win the event. The B-team of Keara, Olivia Smigel, Brooklyn Swain and Lucie Adams finished seventh. Jasmine, Taylor, Nicole and Morgan Pickard finished fifth in the 13 to 14 age group.

Marcus van Grieken teamed up with Kieran Bruce, Tyson Lavis and Rhys Stephens and finished second.

On the second night of finals, Jasmine Moore-Varga opened the session with a bronze-medal performance in the 400-metre individual medley and was backed by Tyson Lavisís gold-medal swim in the same event a few minutes later. Madaleine Polsfut and Emma Konkin dominated the podium finishing first and second respectively in the 50 free swim. Madaleine also made her A-time in that swim. Reid Bohnet broke the 30-second barrier and won a bronze medal for his effort while Marcus van Grieken was one step higher on the podium with a time of 28.98, his first time under the 29 sec mark.

Emma Konkin was a clear winner in the 200-metre back stroke. She established an early lead and never let off until the end. Taylor collected a bronze-medal in the same event in the girls 13 to 14 age group. Two boys were part of this final and both medalled, Reid continued to add more medals to his collection winning a gold. Tyson was third among the 14 to 15 boys.

Marcus van Grieken won gold in the 200-metre breast stroke.

Madeleine Murch was an easy winner in the 50-metre fly in an A-time, she will be added to the roster going to Edmonton for the AG Champs. Emma Konkin joined her on the podium in third place. Marcus van Grieken added another silver to his collection.

Kieran Bruce closed the individual events with a remarkable swim in the 400-metre free with a time of 4:57.45, (silver) his first time under the five- minute mark in long course. The 11 to 12 girls swept the relays winning their second gold medal of a possible two. The team is comprised of Alex Butler, Keara, Emma and Madaleine Polsfut.

The final day saw Paige Streeter achieve her A time in 10 and under girls 200-metre free final, earning her qualifying time to go to AGC, Reid Bohnet earned gold for the 12 and 13 boys, as did Marcus van Grieken in the 15 and 14 boys. Fifty back stroke saw teammates Emma Konkin and Madaleine Polsfut gold and silver with Alexandra Butler coming in fourth place. Tyson Lavis and Kieran Bruce finished with second and third place. That same night Tyson Lavis received gold in the 100-metre fly, Brooklyn Swain took eighth in the 11 and 12 girls, Keegan Brown came in eighth for the 13 and under boys and Kieran Bruce got silver in the 15 and 14 boys.


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