Swimming phenom Gabor sets records

Whitehorse’s Alexandra Gabor, 12, set two new Canadian records for her age group at the Speedo Western Swimming Championships in Winnipeg on…

Whitehorse’s Alexandra Gabor, 12, set two new Canadian records for her age group at the Speedo Western Swimming Championships in Winnipeg on the weekend.

In the 400 free, Gabor shattered the first record in the Canadian Girls 11-12 category by 1.55 seconds, which was set in 1987, then broke another in the 200 free.

It turns out it was her own record that she surpassed, which she established earlier in the season.

These times, along with the 100 free, also set new BC provincial records.

Passing the national time standards in these events has earned Gabor the right to compete in future events as the Pan Pacific and Commonwealth trials.

Gabor then earned silver in the 400 free in the 15 and under category. She also placed fourth in both the 100 and 200 free, took fifth spot in the 1500 free and finished 10th in the 800 free.

Another Yukon swimmer competed in the event. Thirteen-year-old Bronwyn Pasloski finished sixth in the 100 breast, seventh in the 50 breast and went on to place 11th in the 200 breast and 19th in the 200 IM.

Pasloski also swam in the girls 15 and under category, taking the 10th spot nationally in the 100 breast.

The two Glacier Bears combined to place 30th out of 56 teams in Winnipeg.

Swimmers from across Canada competed at the country’s largest combined swim meet, with the eastern championships taking place simultaneously in Montreal. This allowed swimmers to experience a national-scale competition.

Curling

The Jamie Koe rink emerged as champions at the Yukon/NWT Men’s Curling Championships in Whitehorse over the weekend.

The team built momentum by stealing winning points in extra ends in its first two games, then secured the championship after downing Pat Paslawski in draw 5 on Saturday night by stealing three points in the seventh end to take a 6-3 lead. The final score was 8-4.

Jamie Koe was supported by lead Brad Choroskowski, second Mark Whitehead, third Kevin Whitehead and alternate Richard Robertson.

Team Koe will compete at the Tim Horton Brier in Regina March 11-19.

In the final draw on Sunday, NWT No. 2, skipped by Steve Moss, defeated Pat Paslawski to secure the runner-up position by a 9-7 score. Jamie Koe defeated Chad Chowan 4-1 in the final game.

The last of the Yukon/NWT Championships will be played March 2-5 at the Whitehorse Curling Club when both the Senior Men’s and Senior Ladies’ championships will be played.

Skiing

More than 80 students from Whitehorse elementary schools participated in Friday’s ski challenge at the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club.

The day consisted of fun events involving soccer balls, beanbags, hot potatoes and three-legged races.

Students also competed in a 1.5-kilometre relay race and the 100-metre sprint races. The results are listed below:

Anatole Tuzlak of Ecole Emilie Tremblay took top spot while Golden Horn’s Holly Bull and Trevor Bray took second and third respectively in the Sprint A category.

In Sprint B 4-5, Ecole Emilie Tremblay’s Ryan Chippet came in first with Golden Horn’s Dominic Korn taking second spot. Kevin Salesse of Ecole Emilie Tremblay placed third.

In Sprint B 6-7, Simon Geoffery of Ecole Emilie Tremblay was winner, while Jennifer Curtis of Golden Horn came in second and Golden Horn’s Michael Hare took third.

Ecole Emilie Tremblay won the relay event, while also taking the third spot. Golden Horn Elementary settled for second.

Whitehorse Elementary and Golden Horn Elementary earned the Spirit Awards, while the Golden Ski Award and the Grand Aggregate were given to Ecole Emilie Tremblay.

Recreational hockey

(Saturday)

Cinderwood 13

Alwarid & Assoc. 10

Randy Merkel and Mark King led the scoring bonanza for Cinderwood with four goals apiece, while Frank Aucoin contributed a hat trick. Mike L’Henaff and Curt Campbell added their singles.

For the losing side, Sean Eyding scored four times, while Blayne Monahan popped in three markers. Darrel Sturko had two goals and five assists.

Southern Tutchone 10

Yukon Appliance 6

Scott Horsey, Matt Horsey and Marlon Allen each knocked a pair of goals for the winning side. Wyatt Drift, Tim McIntosh, Shawn Kolak and Cody Joe each scored once. Jeff Monkman netted a pair for Yukon Appliance with single markers scored by Jason Berkers, Ryan Martin, Clayton Thomas and Eric Kositsin.

(Sunday)

Kluane Drillers 9

Environmental Dynamics 4

Doug Roberts scored three goals for Kluane, with Tyler Murray, Ed Vanderkley and Mike Gau each scoring twice. Justin Halowaty found the back of the net twice for the losers. Brian Douglas and Jay Derkster added their singles.

Boston Pizza 12

Yukon Appliance 3

Derek Johnstone led the pizza crew with four goals and four assists, while Trevor Twardochleb scored three times. James Edzerza slapped a pair, while Lance Brown, Nelson Turnbull and Dean Mastrangelo each scored once. Eric Kositsin netted his pair for the losing side. Cary Goodman has the single.

Air North Jets 19

Alkan Air 8

One wonders if Alkan Air had an inflatable doll in net during this lopsided affair. Willy McKenna was a one-man offensive machine with his seven goals, while Wes Marsh was no slouch with his four markers. Gerry Grant had three goals and six assists, while Greg Charlie also contributed a hat trick. Ryan Kinney added his single marker and had seven assists. Ben Harper scored once.

Alkan’s Brent Byers led the losing side with his five goals. Charlie McLeod popped in two and Peter Mostyn netted a single.