Saturday, July 3, 2010

Provincials Day 3 - Tessa Cieplucha Silver, Matt Fox Bronze

Great day to be a Blue Fin again... but isn't every day?

Kyle Haas started the day by equaling his best time exactly in 100FR and made the final.

Karl Massey continued with a 2.5 second PB in 200IM. He finished 20th. Kyle followed with another PB equalization and the 4th place spot in finals. A great morning.

The afternoon began with a FANTASTIC 200FLY (4 second PB even after some MAJOR confusion behind the blocks which was eventually worked out). Bjoern-Ole's time was 2:47.42 and earned him 13th place.

Matt Fox followed with an equal 100FR time of 1:03.12 which was still good enough for a bronze medal. Matt had a very powerful finish to his race after being 6th at the 50 wall. It was really amazing to see the speed he was able to pick up at the end.

Emma Fender had a best time in 200IM last week in practice of 2:58.99 (unofficial and short course, of course). Today she went 2:57.81 and came 20th, just shy of the provincial standard. This was a bonus race and a great usage of the bonus race! Very impressive.

Tessa Cieplucha had an outstanding race in 200IM. Tess and I discussed the opportunity for the medal before the race and decided that regardless of the placing, we were going to judge the race by the usage of the opportunity. Tessa made GREAT use of her opportunity to grab her very first provincial medal. Tessa finished 2nd with a time of 2:44.74. A truly outstanding race. I am very proud of her and we all should be very proud of her. Congrats Tess!!

Girl's relay finished 18th and beat Newmarket, NYAC and Etobicoke. Pretty well done.

Kyle's 100FR tonight was a best time of 56.53 and placed him 6th. His 200IM followed about 9min later and he swam very tough, finishing 6th again in a time slightly slower than the morning. Due to his cold and the air quality in the pool (pool deck hit 103degrees today) he had a hard time breathing, but did an outstanding job, regardless!

I need verification of this, but I believe that we have officially equaled our highest medal total at a provincial meet (with one more day and a couple of more medal chances to go) and have definitely already equaled last summer's medal haul. I am super excited and proud of all of our athletes. Please stay tuned because e have 1 more day to go and its going to be GREAT!

Mike Thompson
Head Coach