The Whistler Sea Wolves swim team has been busy this month, taking part in three competitions and hosting their annual 5K swim-a-thon fundraiser to support to the club.
One of the priorities for the team was to qualify more swimmers to compete at the Lower Mainland Regional (LMR) level, and two athletes — Mackenzie Williamson and Juan-Pablo Carranco both made the four-minute cut-off in the 200 metre individual medley.
At the provincial level, the club’s senior swimmers raced two weekends in a row in Victoria and Richmond to qualify for AA provincial competitions. Samantha Deally, 11, qualified in the 200-metre breastroke and Katarina Kranjc, 14, qualified in 50, 100 and 200-metre freestyle competitions. JJ Deane came within a few seconds of qualifying in various events and will keep trying after the holidays.
Kranjc will also attend the Short Course championships in February, alongside members of the boys’ team that qualified last weekend in Richmond. Alexander Valentin, 14, and Stephane Barnett, 14, both qualified in the 200m breastroke, while Eric Milley qualified for the AAs in six events including the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle races, as well as the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly — both new events to Milley, who swam within 2.8 seconds of making the provincials at the AAA level.
Ian Milley is already competing at the AAA level, but only made that level just before the cutoffs. For the 2014 AAA championships, he’s already qualified in the 200m and 400m freestyle, while just missing the 100m butterfly by 1.2 seconds. Katarina Kranjc is just 1.1 seconds off the needed time for the 50m freestyle and three seconds back of the 100m freestyle mark.
The club’s second annual Swim-a-thon also took place, which had swimmers earning money by swimming five kilometres in the pool in just two hours. That’s 200 laps.
Some 31 team members took part and managed a total of 120,350 metres, with 12 swimmers reaching the 5km mark. They raised $4,720 for their efforts, which will be used for training equipment, team uniforms and special training camps and clinics with Olympic swimmers. Kids will also get Christmas swimming gifts from local stores and swimming shops in Vancouver.
For more, visit www.whistlerseawolves.com.