Silver lining for Canadian Badlands Aquatic Club
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.