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NCSA coach excited to see her swimmers compete in Games

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:48 am

Airdrie swimmer Zach McLeod will be representing the Nose Creek Swim Association as a member of the Zone 2 team at the Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie on July 25 and 26.
Airdrie swimmer Zach McLeod will be representing the Nose Creek Swim Association as a member of the Zone 2 team at the Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie on July 25 and 26.
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In addition to her role as the event chair for the swimming event at the Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie from July 25 and 26, Nose Creek Swim Association Head Coach Robin Loyola will be busy watching her own swimmers compete.

A total of nine swimmers, with eight representing Zone 2 and one competing for Zone 3 (the Calgary Region), from NCSA will be competing during at Genesis Place Recreation Centre during the event.

“Myself and the rest of the coaching staff are really proud to have that many swimmers representing us at the Alberta Summer Games,” Loyola said. “Not only will they be competing against the top swimmers in the province, but they will be swimming in their home pool in Airdrie where they practice out of, which is pretty neat.”

“I’ve had discussions with our swimmers coaches for the zone teams, and one of the things that they have told us is they like the fact that our swimmers can swim a variety of distances and strokes,” she added. “Our goal as coaches is to have a team of swimmers that are well versed in different events so that they are prepared for it, and I think that has been something that’s worked in their favour.”

One of the things Loyola feels the NCSA swimmers will have to get used to it is the fact that during the Alberta Summer Games, they will be competing in a team format in addition to individual competitions.

“At the regular swim meets that we go to in Alberta, everyone’s focused on getting the fastest time possible,” Loyola said. “But at the Alberta Summer Games, you are also earning points to help your Zone finish as high as possible.”

“It’s a different focus for the swimmers, and that is something the zone coaches have been working with them on with team bonding activities,” she added. “I think that will help them a lot when it comes to the meet itself.”

While she won’t be able to help them out at all during the Alberta Summer Games, Loyola hopes the NCSA swimmers will learn valuable lessons both in and out of the water during the event.

“In being a part of a zone team with members of different swim clubs, you get to know your opponents that you want to beat on a regular basis as friends,” Loyola said. “When you get to know people on a different level, it has a lot of benefits.”

“Another thing that I think is great for our competitive swimmers is the fact that the Alberta Summer Games is similar to other events they may take part in as they get older,” she added. “It’s similar to the Canada Summer Games with opening ceremonies and that’s huge for them if they end up going to those meets.”


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