The Prince Albert Sharks swim club at the ManSask meet in Winnipeg over the weekend. Submitted photo
The Prince Albert Sharks swim club returned home on Monday from the ManSask AA Provincials in Winnipeg with three medals and a series of personal best times.
The event held March 13-16 at the Pan Am Pool in Winnipeg, saw the Sharks compete against some of the top AA swimmers hailing from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Sharks Tristan Anderson, Dominic Michaud and Aiden Bates mined medals in their respective events while the majority of the 13 Sharks participating achieved personal best times.
Along with the trio of medals, Shark Kendal Horan achieved a Western Canadian Championship standard time in the 15 and under division of the 50 back event.
Sharks coach Roger Boucher said that although he is proud to see his swimmers achieve medals and placings, it’s the personal best times he likes to see his athletes achieve above all.
“My focus as a coach is personal bests,” Boucher explained. “The placings are always nice but you can’t control how others are going to swim. The only thing you can control is how you do and I was really proud of the swimmers for that.”
With more than 400 swimmers in attendance, eight Sharks cracked the top 16, an outstanding accomplishment considering many of Boucher’s swimmers were competing at such a high calibre meet for the first time.
“It’s a big deal,” Boucher said of the ManSask Provincials. “Some of them were like deer in headlights at the beginning but by the end they settled down and did what they had to do to come up with some personal bests.”
The ManSask meet marked the end of the Shark’s short course season, swimming in 25-metre pools.
The Shark’s next portion of the season, the long course, is slightly more challenging because Prince Albert does not have a 50-metre pool for the team to practice in.
Boucher hopes that there is a new facility in the city’s future.
“I would hope that they would look towards the future of Prince Albert and build a facility to accommodate future populations,” he said.
Next on the docket for the Sharks are meets in Swift Current and Saskatoon.
A meet in Regina may also be in the cards, pending the resolution of air quality issues at a swim facility in the city.
With some lessons learned from the ManSask event, Boucher knows what his swimmers need to work on in preparation for future events.
“I saw some things we need to work on,” he said. “We will be preparing using what I saw there and working on those minor details to get them up to speed.
For more information on the Prince Albert Sharks including team schedules, visit their website at www.pasharks.ca.
Trio of Sharks win medals in Winnipeg
Tristan Anderson -- Silver -- 13U boys 50m Breast
Dominic Michaud -- Bronze -- 13U 50m Breast
Aiden Bates -- Silver -- 14-15 boys 50m Back