Young Fins make noise at ROD meet

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Though most were at a major meet for first time, instead of soaking in the atmosphere, the six Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins made the atmosphere.
"We only had six competitors, but they seemed to make the whole building loud cheering for their teammates," said Fins coach Monty Smith.
The young Fins had a lot to cheer about as each set either a new 'A' or 'B' standard time at the the 40th Annual Regina Optimist Dolphins Invitational Swim meet in Regina last weekend.
"They did extremely well," said Smith.

Young Fins make noise at ROD meet

Though most were at a major meet for first time, instead of soaking in the atmosphere, the six Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins made the atmosphere.
"We only had six competitors, but they seemed to make the whole building loud cheering for their teammates," said Fins coach Monty Smith.
The young Fins had a lot to cheer about as each set either a new 'A' or 'B' standard time at the the 40th Annual Regina Optimist Dolphins Invitational Swim meet in Regina last weekend.
"They did extremely well," said Smith.
Joyce Arends set two new 'A' times in the 100-metre fly and the 50m back and took a remarkable 38.06 seconds off of her fly time.
Tamara Smith set a new 'A' time in the 50m back and Veronica Baldasso set a new 'A' time in the 50m breast.
Libby Epoch set two new 'B' times in the 100m breast and 50m fly, while Erik Thronberg set a new 'B' time in the 50m back and Madison Coulter set a new 'B' time in the 200m individual medley.
"This one is important because it's a chance for them to get certification for their standards," said Smith. "It's a step up for the swimmers and a chance to get 'A' and 'B' times."
Those times help them qualify for larger meets like the Man/Sask championships.
The new standard and overall improvement shows that their hard work and training has been paying off, but Smith feels it shows something just as important as well.
"It shows how much they enjoy swimming," said Smith. "Competing is one thing, but we always want them to have fun."
It was the first invitational for Arends, Baldasso, Coulter, Epoch and Smith.
"It's a first taste of what a higher-level meet is like, so they can see what awaits them," said Smith. "Especially for the 10-and-unders they have an idea of what they can see in the future more and more.
"All the girls were having a blast."
Arends, Baldasso, Epoch and Smith all advanced to finals and had second swims. The quartet - all 10 or under - also swam as a 4x50m freestyle relay team and took home the gold medal.
Arends brought home six medals. She was first in the 100m fly, second in the 200m free, 100m breast and 50m free and third in the 100m free and 50m breast. She was also fourth in the 50m back and 200m IM and fifth in the 50m fly and 100m back.
Baldasso won the 50m free, was second in the 50m back and five more top-10 finishes placing fifth in the 50m breast, sixth in the 100m free and 50m fly and seventh in the 200m free and 100m back.
Smith was sixth in 50m back.
The next major event for the club's swimmers is their own Annual Summerfest Invitational Meet and 'B' Provincials and 10 & Under Cup meet June 23-24 at the Phyllis Dewar pool.
Friday the club held their third Blue and White meet at the Kinsmen. The event featured 54 swimmers divided into two teams. The event gives them a fun competitive environment and gives some of the younger swimmers an early taste at what competitive swimming is like.
"It's a chance to combine the whole club - not just the competitive swimmers, but also our mini swimmers," said Smith.
The Fins will have their annual general meeting on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Kinsmen Sportsplex. It is open to all parents that had children swim with the club this season.

Organizations: Kinsmen Sportsplex

Geographic location: Regina

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