Tuesday, June 12, 2012

An Amazing Weekend for the Blue Fins

13 year old Britney Dortona won a silver medal in girls 100FR this weekend at the International Giochi della Gioventu Games in Italy. Britney was selected to the Canadian Team out of a tough field including Provincial and National level medalists.This competition is for swimmers with Italian background born in 1997 or 1998. The eight swimmers selected had the opportunity to represent Canada in a swim competition held in Italy. "This is a great opportunity for swimmers to compete against swimmers from other countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, United States and of course Italy," said head coach of the delegation, Andrea Pittis. "It is also a great opportunity to discover the Italian traditions and culture." Britney is the second Blue Fin (Kyle Haas) to represent their country in an international meet this season.
Meanwhile in Etobicoke, ON, the Blue Fins finished 10th at the Central Region Championships. There are over 40 teams in the Central Region. Amongst highlights were 11 year old Lauren Monhemius winning the 100FR and 200FR events and winning the High Point trophy, Elizabeth Skuriat and Loren O'Brien-Egesborg finishing 2nd and 3rd in womens 200BK and Jenna Galea's silver medal in girls 10 & under 50FR with a new HHBF club record.
HHBF's girls 13-14 relay teams comprised of Aysia Leckie, Clancy Harris, Bronte McMaster, Emma Fender and Brooklyn Shelley earned silver and bronze medals in the 200FR and 200 Medley relays. Jenna Galea, Lauren Monhemius and Livy Olson are amongst HHBF's new qualifiers for the Provincial Championships in Nepean, ON in July.
Historically we finish between 18th-24th in this meet but our depth has improved to the point that we're seeing such great improvement everywhere. We are achieving what we have set out to do. This is certainly a different club than it was 4 years ago. I'm so proud of all our athletes!
Other top 8 finishers at the Central Region Championships included:
Aaron Brautigam (17) 7th 800FR, 8th 50FR
Emma Fender (13) 6th 800FR, 3rd 400FR, 6th 200BR, 2nd 400IM, 3rd 200FR, 3rd, 100FLY
Anthony Hartsink (11) 7th 100FLY
Quinn Jaggard (14) 8th 200IM, 6th 100BK, 4th 400IM, 2nd 50FR
Michael Jans (13) 8th 800FR
Mitchell Krafzcek (16) 6th 200IM, 1st 200BR, 4th 400IM, 3rd 100BR
Aysia Leckie (13) 1st 800FR, 3rd 200IM, 1st 400FR, 4th 100BK, 3rd 400IM, 5th 100FLY
Bronte McMaster (14) 5th 50FR
Lauren Monhemius (11) 7th 800FR, 5th 400FR, 1st 100 & 200FR, 4th 400IM
Paige Olmstead (13) 8th 800FR, 6th 100BK, 7th 200BK 2nd 1500FR
Aleksandar Plackoski (12) 8th 400FR
Brooklyn Shelley (14) 8th 100BR
AJ Tarczy (15) 7th 100BK
Mackenzie Warnock (11) 8th 200BR
Chris Zanewycz (12) 8th 200BR