Fins sharp as they cut into top times

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A bevy of 'B' times from a pair of recent meets has numerous Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins poised for breakthroughs this season.
The Fins attended a short-course developmental meet in Yorkton in November and also the long-course Chinook Developmental meet in Swift Current, Dec. 2.
Ten swimmers attained their provincial 'B' times making them eligible for the 'B' provincials in Saskatoon Jan. 16-20. Two also earned 'A' times. Three 'A' times will make them eligible for the Man-Sask Championships Jan. 31 - Feb. 3.
In addition to meeting provincial standards, many of the 27 swimmers that competed at the two meets had personal best swims. The amount of time shaved from swims in Yorkton were phenomenal.
"The times were out of this world. They were remarkable," said Monty Smith of the Fins.

Fins sharp as they cut into top times

A bevy of 'B' times from a pair of recent meets has numerous Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins poised for breakthroughs this season.
The Fins attended a short-course developmental meet in Yorkton in November and also the long-course Chinook Developmental meet in Swift Current, Dec. 2.
Ten swimmers attained their provincial 'B' times making them eligible for the 'B' provincials in Saskatoon Jan. 16-20. Two also earned 'A' times. Three 'A' times will make them eligible for the Man-Sask Championships Jan. 31 - Feb. 3.
In addition to meeting provincial standards, many of the 27 swimmers that competed at the two meets had personal best swims. The amount of time shaved from swims in Yorkton were phenomenal.
"The times were out of this world. They were remarkable," said Monty Smith of the Fins.
Ethan Runge took 85.43 seconds off of his 400-metre individual medley time, Eileen DeJager took 62.60 seconds off of a 200m free time, Brittany Bourassa and Joyce Arends each took more than 10 seconds off of two swims, Runge, Zoe Saladana, Erik Thronberg and Brioney Montgrand took more than 20 seconds off of their best on other swims.
"Being their coach at that moment was a great thrill," said Smith.
DeJager added three 'B' times and Runge added two and put in strong swims in many distances and disciplines.
"They're diverse swimmers, almost every stroke they can do equally well - they have ones they like more - but they have ability for all four which is a great strength to have," said Smith.
Arends added five 'B' times and an 'A' time in her first season swimming up an age group. Libby Epoch also picked up three 'B' times and two 'A' times in Swift Current.
Thronberg and Madison Coulter picked up four 'B' times each. Katie Burtnick, Ryder Epoch, Graeme Fish and Montgrand each added 'B' times as well.
Fish's time was even more impressive since it came in his first competitive meet.
"He just started, it was his first swim meet and he got a 'B' time," said Smith.
Jay-lyn Schmidt and Alex Fish also took part in their first meets made strong debuts.
"It was their first meet and their performance was remarkable," said Smith. "Jay-lyn was swimming with heart. She was nose-to-nose with someone who had experience and it was her first meet. She's a determined little girl for eight years old."
In Yorkton Arends, Thronberg and Lea Lebel each won golds and DeJager, Runge, Saladana, TÉa Corbett and Alex Folk all also won medals.
In Swift Current Ryder Epoch won all five of his races. Arends, Coulter, Lowell Burtnick, Libby Epoch and Teigan Gottselig all won races. Graeme Fish, Folk and Mark Froehlich also won medals.

Geographic location: Yorkton, Swift Current, Saskatoon

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