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Alex Folk from the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins swims at a recent practice.
The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins finished the first half of their season by posting some fast times and hitting goals at a pair of recent meets.
The Fins sent 34 swimmers to the first Prairie Cup in Regina last weekend. The weekend before the club attended the one-day Ice Breaker meet in Yorkton.
“It was the last swim of the first half of the season and a little more than half of our kids went,” said Fins head coach Monty Smith of the Prairie Cup.
“There were different styles and different ages — from university down to young kids.”
The Fins held their own at the high level meet, posting 145 personal best times and 14 new A times and six new AA times.
“This was outstanding. The kids have been blowing their times out of the water,” said Smith.
Lauran Armbruster posted three new AA times, while Kendal Paulson had two new AA times of her own. Catherine Duchesne also earned a AA time.
Joey Derksen set three new A times, while Alex Folk, Polly Hantjidis, Olivia Nichols and Ryann Terry each had two new A times. Sydney Booth, Rielle Gobbett and Gabrielle Robitaille each earned a new A time.
There were plenty of good performances, but for Smith and coaches Tammy Meyers and Mykea Jundt it was a good time to look at what their swimmers can work on heading into the second half of the season in the new year.
“We were watching what the kids to see what they improved on and things they need to work on. We saw a few things we wanted to go back to the drawing board on — some fundamentals like body position, streamlining off of the wall — and we want to go back to the basics of that,” said Smith.
“I think kids get so excited that they just want to go. You want to train their body so that they do (the fundamentals) naturally, but it takes a lot of years of experience. They’re at the beginning stages of that.”
The Ice Breaker meet in Yorkton was a smaller meet, but it had its own challenges.
“The kids did really well,” said Jundt. “There were a few personal bests. It was a hard meet though, they were getting out of the pool and then getting ready to swim their next race.
“It was a bit of a rush, but it was good.”
Booth won all five of her races and set five A times. Duchesne had three A times, while Robitaille and Robyn Read each had a pair of A times. Gobbett also added an A time at the one-day meet.
While there is plenty to work on, Smith said he was very happy with the performances of his swimmers throughout the first half of the year and at these two most recent meets.
“Overall there are some thing we want to work on fix, but it was a great way to end this part of the season,” said Smith. “It was a great Christmas present to me. I was happy.”