© Katie Brickman
Members of the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins team are back in the water practicing after a very successful meet in Regina over the weekend. From left, Joyce Arends, Nathan Avery, Joey Derksen, Joshua Birkett and Lauran Armbruster posted great times at the meet.
The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins had their best meet of the season over the weekend in Regina that saw 33 swimmers participate and set numerous records.
With 151 personal bests times set, eight new “AA” and five new “A” times, the Flying Fins had very strong performances from all of their athletes.
“It was outstanding,” said Monty Smith, Flying Fins head coach. “I think with performance, personal bests and by the amount of kids that went, this has to be one of the best meets.”
Throughout the long swimming season, many are starting to see the progress they have been making so far and will help establish more goals for the rest of the season.
“This helps the kids realize where they are at,” said Smith. “It’s not just what the coaches are telling them over and over. They are learning and seeing it themselves that they did it.”
Now with the season winding down, Smith has seen all the swimmers grow so much from each meet and in practice.
“They are off the chart,” said Smith. “What they have worked on from September, coming back from holidays to now, I hate to put a number on it because I think its off the chart. “
Each swimmer has worked so hard both personally and with the coaches on trying to excel in the sport and getting better in all areas, including technicalities, lines, and overall performance when in the water.
“I think the biggest improvement overall would be that each swimmer has started to understand one or more things they want to work on and they actually did that,” said Smith.
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