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The Prince Albert Pikes Synchro Swim Team recently competed at its first-ever provincial championship with all five local members gaining valuable experience. The Pikes were just formed 18 months ago and aside from the provincial championship have just a developmental camp and the Saskatchewan Winter Games under their belts, but they will now use that experience as they move forward to build a stronger organization for the future. Shown in the photo are the members of the Pikes who competed at the provincial event in Regina. Front row, from left, Lexus Neil and Nichole Penner. Back row, from left, Adrianna Bates, Jamie Fremont and Chloe Lyzitsa.
The Prince Albert Pikes Synchro Swim Team has completed its experimental run, now it is time to get serious about what direction it wants to go.
The Pikes, who were formed just 18 months ago, recently competed at its first provincial championship with all five members gaining valuable experience and exposure in a sport that is very grassroots in this area.
“We didn’t expect them to get first place, but they did very well,” says club president Rhonda Michaels. “Overall, the club has come a 100 miles from where they were.”
In the fall of 2012, Synchro Saskatchewan came to Prince Albert looking for a team to be formed as all districts in the province needed representation in order for Saskatchewan to qualify for the Western Canadian championships.
Thus the Pikes were born and prior to the provincial event in Regina they had only been to a developmental camp plus the Saskatchewan Winter Games in Prince Albert in February, in addition to countless hours of practise.
With just five competitive members and one recreational swimmer, the club was small compared to others in the province, but now that the blueprint has been developed they hope to attract more members in the future.
“We have to define where the club is going and they want to come back and be competitive,” notes Michaels. “We’re willing to take recreational members to help them develop, but we want to be more competitive.”
The Pikes features swimmers between the ages of eight and 13 and Michaels emphasizes that all members must have at least a Level 3 in swimming to make the adjustment to the sport that much more successful.
“We could be going to 10 meets in a year, but this year we had just the three,” says Michaels.
When the Pikes competed at the Saskatchewan Winter Games they were entered in just the team event. At provincials, the members were represented in solo, duets and team competitions meaning they had just six weeks to get ready for their first look at the added disciplines.
“They have to pick a song and then there are specific fundamentals that have to be done,” explained Michaels. “At provincials, the first day was just figures and the team scores are combined with solo and duet scores.”
Results for the local competitors were impressive. Jamie Fremont and Chloe Lyzitsa finished third in novice 12-and-under duets just ahead of teammates Lexus Neil and Nichole Penner. Adrianna Bates was third in novice 12-and-under solo competitions while overall the Pikes were third in the novice 12-and-under class.
With coaches Connie Lam and Jen Gerrond coming back for next season all the building blocks are in place – just more members are needed. Anyone interested in taking up the sport of synchronized swimming can contact Michaels at 306-929-2163.