Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ontario Open Water Provincial Championships

What a successful day for HHBF at the Open Water Provincial Championships! This was the largest and most diverse group that HHBF has ever had represent, and also the most successful by far.

Top of mind was Britney Dortona's silver medal winning performance in the girls 10-12 year old 3km race category. This is Britney's first provincial medal and HHBF should be very proud of how she did! This was Britney's 9th long distance race (6x800s, 1x1500 and 1x3km) since the end of May and she is likely exhausted, but she clearly saved the best for last. What a performance!

HHBF also had the following athletes place in their age categories:

Keri-Lyn Copeland (7th 50:40)
Bronte McMaster (17th 58:44)
Paige Olmstead (8th 58:45)
Brooklyn Shelley (18th 58:47)
Nicole Waddick (11th 1:00:58)
Shannon Kent (18th 1:04:50)
Megan Brosseau (24th 1:22.59)
Darian Zuraw (25th 1:31:07)

Note: Most impressivly, Darian Zuraw recently turned 10 so this is a HUGE achievement for her. 3KM in open water was tough enough for the older guys let alone Darian and the other younger athletes. I am very proud of this aspect of the day! A lot of young Blue Fins showing some toughness!

MItchell Krafczek (6th 45:33)
Eric Siegfriedt (18th 57:21)
Erick Ortega (19th 1:13:11)

Kyle Haas (7th 1:20:13)
Trevor Burwell (8th 1:20:26)

I must say that I am very proud of the number of Blue Fins that were brave enough to attempt this, but by how tough they were and how well they did. It was a great day overall and a fantastic way for some of these athletes to finish up their season. Don't forget; this is a provincial championships... meaning that HHBF had 5 top 8 finishes at this provincial championship and 1 medal. Really well done!! I am extremely excited about the day and the results. Great job, everyone!!

Full Swim Ontario summary can be found here.