Sil­ver lin­ing for Cana­dian Bad­lands Aquatic Club

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail

Drumheller swim­mers (left to right) Emily Martin, Ava Har­ring­ton and Arielle Do­bell each took home a sil­ver medal for CBAC at Cas­cade Age Group Chal­lenge, De­cem­ber 13, 2015 for 50 me­ter But­ter­fly,

CBAC has had a great start to the sea­son with 12 com­pet­i­tive swim­mers and 10 non-com­pet­i­tive swim­mers in Drumheller.

Coaches Sheila Martin, Mor­gan Syvert­sen and Rachelle Rus­sell are very proud of the work ethic each ath­lete is show­ing and their ac­com­plish­ments thus far.

Elite swim­mers, Keely Martin and Arielle Do­bell train 5 days a week with Keely trav­el­ling to Gen­e­sis Place in Air­drie twice a week to train. Arielle Do­bell, Annika Lassen and Emily Martin also train in Air­drie once a week and the rest of the time join their Drumheller team­mates swim­ming in the lo­cal Aquaplex.

Annika Lassen and Arielle Do­bell achieved their 13 & 14 year old pro­vin­cial Meet Qual­i­fy­ing Times (MQT) re­spec­tively at the Leth­bridge meet in late Oc­to­ber. Annika also re­ceived a bronze medal and 2 pro­vin­cial “B” times in Breast­stroke in Leth­bridge and a third pro­vin­cial “B” time in Novem­ber. Arielle achieved an­other MQT and a pro­vin­cial “B” time in the gru­el­ing 400 me­ter In­di­vid­ual Med­ley (100 me­ters of each four strokes) at the U of C in Novem­ber. Nathan Do­bell and Ali­cia Chris­tensen each took se­cond place at the Wacky T-shirt meet in 50 me­ter Back­stroke and 50 me­ter Breast­stroke re­spec­tively.

Emily Martin achieved her MQT in the 200 me­ter In­di­vid­ual Med­ley in De­cem­ber and her 400 me­ter Freestyle MQT this past week­end in Cal­gary. Ava Har­ring­ton, at only 9 years old, is ex­ceed­ing all ex­pec­ta­tions this sea­son. She went into the sea­son with 10 & un­der MQT’s, achieved pro­vin­cial “B” times in Novem­ber and then two “A” times in De­cem­ber. So far she has taken home 4 first place fin­ishes, 4 se­cond place fin­ishes, 1 third place and 6 top ten fin­ishes! Keely Martin, 15, has achieved a pro­vin­cial se­nior time in 50 me­ter But­ter­fly and will be at­tend­ing the Speedo Al­berta Open in Ed­mon­ton at the end of this month. Arielle, Annika and Emily will at­tend “B” provin­cials Feb. 19-21 and Ava will at­tend “A” provin­cials Mar. 4-6.

Drumheller Head Coach Martin says “The Drumheller com­mu­nity should be proud of how th­ese young ath­letes are rep­re­sent­ing our val­ley through­out the prov­ince”.

50 me­ter But­ter­fly and 400 me­ter IM. Do­bell also placed 7th in 200 me­ter Back­stroke, Har­ring­ton 4th in 50 me­ter Freestyle and Martin 7th in 200 me­ter Freestyle.

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