Sunday, July 4, 2010

Provincials Day 4 - Matt Fox Silver and Kyle Haas Bronze

Record breaking day for HHBF. Today Matt and Kyle put us over the record mark of five. The new highest medal count for HHBF at provincials is 7. We also placed 26th overall which is our highest placing ever (beating Milton who finished 32nd overall. Ironically we have beaten Milton at every meet this season EXCEPT for Halton Cup).

Most athletes ever + most medals ever + highest placing ever = GREAT MEET FOR HHBF!!!

Day started with Karl and Kyle both posting best times in 200BK and making finals (Karl in 5th and Kyle in 2nd in different age categories). Mitchell Krafczek also had a best long course time and was first alternate for finals but did not get to swim.

Aaron Brautigam's 100BR was also a best LC time. He finished 19th overall.

The afternoon found Matt Fox obtaining the silver medal that controversially eluded him the other day in 200BK. He broke the club record in the process. Matt had an extremly tough race but showed some great heart! He is definitly a tough guy. He also placed 6th in 400FR.

Tessa broke 1:30 for the first time in 100BR breaking the club record and placing 7th as Emma Fender equaled her best time and placed 11th.

The girls 4x100FR relay was fantastic and was to place 9th but was sadly disqualified for an early takeover. I was still very impressed by what the girls had to give. Special thank you to Veronica Fong who came to help exclusivly on the relays and to Emma Fender who anchored today's relay and split over 4 seconds faster than her best time.

Kyle had an amazing 200Bk in finals and finished 3rd for a bronze medal. It was especially impressive because he was keeping up with Etobicoke's young phenom Zac Zandona who Kyle is often compared to. Kyle's time was 2:13.88. Fantastic swim!

Karl was only slightly slower but ended up in the very seldomly seen 3 way tie for 5th place. Still the second fastest that he had ever been. I am very proud of them both!

I am very pleased with our weekend in Ottawa. I just got home from a 20hour day (including a 5 hour drive home late at night) so I am going to keep this short: We should all be proud of our athletes achievements! They all did very well!

Mike Thompson
Head Coach