Fins flying in North Battleford

Katie Brickman
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Club preparing for more meets and ManSask

The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins sent 18 swimmers to the new facility in North Battleford over the weekend and the club brought home many medals. The Fins are busy preparing for a Prince Albert meet and ManSask. Submitted photo

The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins brought some of their best performances to the new pool in North Battleford over the weekend.

The club attended a two-day developmental meet in the new facility and the 18 swimmers won a combined 22 medals and a handful of ribbons.

“This was a developmental meet and they have a brand new pool in North Battleford. It is a great pool and a beautiful facility,” said coach Monty Smith. “For all of them, it meant that they didn’t have to have a qualifying time. For the younger ones, it allowed them to race with other kids their age and speed and to see where they stand and what they have to work on. For the older kids, it was more training for ManSask and get them racing at a higher pace against somebody.”

The Fins that went were Lauran Armbruster, Nathan Avery, Jared and Sydney Booth, Joey Derksen, Catherine Duchesne, Matthew at Rielle Gobbett, Cadence Johns, Cassie Lamb, Chloe and Matthew Merrifield, Kendal Paulson, Gabrielle Robitaille, Emily and Ethan Smith, Richard and William Tipper.

“The coaches were able to see what we have worked on, what we need to continue to work on and see the kids just excel at what they like doing. It was a fun meet with lots of ribbons and medals,” said Smith. “All the coaches have been pounding our starts, our glides and our turns. At this meet, that was what we were watching and the majority of the kids were doing that. Seeing the kids do the starts and the gliding under water, it was really nice to see that practice after practice, they are getting there.”

As a club, they won six gold medals, seven silver medals and nine bronze medals. They also set 63 new personal best times, five new A times and two new AA times. Smith was impressed that the club was able to reach some goals, despite the pool being closed recently.

For more on this story, read Thursday's edition of the Times-Herald.

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