The first long-course meet of the season proved to be quite successful for Brandon Bluefin swimmers.
Half of the 28 Bluefins qualified for either the Man-Sask meet or provincials by meeting their time standards at the club’s Spring Invitational, which was held at the Sportsplex on Saturday and Sunday.
Emily Day and Elsa Plewes, who both swim in the 11 and 12-year-old girls’ age group, qualified for the Man-Sask event in all of their events, which was seven for Day and six for Plewes.
Day also took home seven medals, winning gold in the 50-metre freestyle (33.11 seconds) and the 100m breaststroke (1:35.23) as well as silver in the 100m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and the 200m individual medley and a bronze in the 50m backstroke.
Plewes finished first in the 50m breaststroke (41.78 seconds), the 200m breaststroke (3:23.80) and the 200m individual medley (3:05.80). She finished second in the 50m back stroke and 100m breaststroke and earned a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle.
Shay Kirk, who is also in the 11 and 12-year-old girls’ group, qualified for Man-Sask in five events and provincials in two others. She was a top-three finisher in each of her seven races. Isabelle Stewart won four events — 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly and 200 individual medley — and finished second in the 200m backstroke to qualify for Man-Sask in all five of her events in the 15 and over age group.
Bobbi Uhl qualified for Man-Sask in the 13 and 14-year-old girls’ 50m freestyle and provincials in four other events.
Meanwhile, Carson McComb was tough to beat in his five events in the 13 and 14-year-old boys’ age group. McComb finished first in the 50m backstroke (36.61 seconds) and the 200m individual medley (2:58.22), added two silvers and a bronze while qualifying for the Man-Sask meet in four events and provincials in another.
Jasper Stone, who’s also in the 13 and 14-year-old age group, and Gabriel Jardine, who’s in the 15 and over boys’ group, both qualified for Man-Sask in a pair of events and provincials in five others.
Qualifying for provincials in various events were Phillip Husmann and Jameson Plewes, both in the 13 and 14-year-old boys’ group, as well as Emily Chastko and Elayna Paddock Thiessen in the 11 and 12-year-old girls’ group, Charlot Butler in the 13 and 14-year-old girls’ group and Ella McLean in the 10 and under girls’ group.
» For full Bluefins results, see Page B3.
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