It took 60 volunteers to run but the Sask "A" Provincials Championship and Junior Cup hosted by the Prince Albert Sharks went, well, swimmingly.
With 147 swimmers -- from 10 teams hailing from Saskatoon, Regina, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Meadow Lake, North Battleford, Yorkton and Prince Albert -- the event over the weekend at the Frank Dunn Pool was a hit. More than 300 people came out to watch the meet, which is a key source of revenue for the club.
It was also a hit for the local young swimmers as they captured the top club award. It was the first time the team has won the big club award; they had won the small club award in the past.
The Sharks won 84 medals in total, including 39 gold, 24 silver and 21 bronze.
Club members also achieved 12 “AA” times at the meet, which will allow them to attend the Man/Sask SC Provincial Championships in Regina from March 14-17. In total, the club will have six boys and five girls attending the meet under the guidance of head coach Hazem Hussein.
The event had two distinct components:
• Junior Cup for Boys 11 and under and Girls 10 and under. It’s often their first competitive meet.
• “A” Provincials Championships for Boys 12 and over and Girls 11 and over. This competition is open to those swimmers who have previously achieved an “A” time standard.