Forty-four of the 53 members of the Slave Lake Sharks swim club competed in the May 25 meet at the Northern Lights Aquatic Centre in Slave Lake. Joining them were 134 swimmers from clubs across the northwestern part of the province.
A good time was had by all; better yet, host team swimmers won a stack of medals. These included 20 individual golds and five wins in the relays. On top of that, 10 Sharks won aggregate medals.
Beginning with the team events, the Girls 12&Under team of J. Cardinal, G. Auger, S. Pugliese and B. Hoover won the 200-metre Medley Relay. They followed that up with a gold in the 200 Free Relay.
The foursome of J. Green, R. Hoover, T. Malcolm and M. Vizcarra captured gold in the Girls 8&U 100 Free Relay. The Mixed 17&U 200m Relay was won by E. Friesen, E. Baril, C. Pukanich and T. Friesen. In the Boys 12&U 200m Relay, the team of N. Malcolm, K. Tissink, G. Taylor and A. Comeau won golden.
Moving to the individual winners, Grace Auger took top spot in the Girls 11&12 100m Free race. Ethan Baril continued his winning ways from last year, picking up golds in Boys 13&14 100 Free, 50 Free and 50 Back.
Kaitlyn Becker won the Girls 6&U 25m Flutterboard race.
Eleanor Friesen swept the table in her four races in the Girls 13&14 age group. She won the 400 Free, 100 Breast, 800 Free and 200 Individual Medley events.
Darcy Garratt was a winner in the Boys 18&O 800 Free and 400 Free.
Soleil Pugliese won three races in the Girls 11&12 age group: 100 Back, 50 Breast and 100 Breast.
That brings us (alphabetically) to Gryffin Taylor, who won all four of his races in the Boys 11&12 age group: 100 Breast, 100 IM, 200 IM and 100 Fly.
Benjamin Vizcarra was a winner in the Boys 6&U Flutterboard race. Mia Vizcarra won gold in the Girls 7&8 25m Breaststroke race.
Of course many of the Sharks won silver and bronze medals, and many more set personal best times – all of which are worth mentioning but for which we don’t have space.
Overall, the Sharks finished second as a team to the High Prairie Dolphins.