Glacier Bears knock down two club records in Kamloops

A bunch of personal best times, two club records and a medal returned home with Whitehorse Glacier Bears swimmers following the Kamloops June Classic over the weekend in B.C.

A bunch of personal best times, two club records and a medal returned home with Whitehorse Glacier Bears swimmers following the Kamloops June Classic over the weekend in B.C.

“All 10 WGB swimmers who went to Kamloops tried hard in all the races. Sometimes the effort was rewarded with the finals and best times, but sometimes it was not enough to achieve the goal,” said Glacier Bears head coach Malwina Bukszowana in a news release.

Whitehorse’s Hannah Kingscote set seven personal best times at the 24th annual long-course meet and was rewarded with five A final appearances.

She swam to bronze in the 50-metre backstroke, setting a new Glacier Bears club record of 32.95.

She also took sixth in the 50-metre butterfly, and eighth in the 100 fly, 200 back and 50 fly.

“Hannah did well in her fly races, but missed qualifying time for (Age Group Nationals) this time,” said Bukszowana. “She has one more chance to qualify at B.C. AAA Championships in July and she is coming back home with a lot of motivation. Hannah proved again that her underwater fly kicks off the walls are very fast, she barely has anybody able to keep up with her off the walls.”

Teammate Luke Bakica made three A finals and was twice edged from the podium. He placed seventh in the 50-metre breaststroke with a new club record of 34.74. He also placed fourth in the 100- and 200-metre breaststroke events.

“He was only few milliseconds away from a bronze in 200 breaststroke, but had nothing left at the finish to defend his leading position,” said Bukszowana. “Every race is a lesson, so Luke, as well as his teammates, are coming back home with more experience.”

Glacier Bears’ Aidan Harvey claimed spots in three backstroke A finals, taking fifth in the 200, seventh in the 50 and eighth in the 100.

Teammate Cassidy Cairns swam to sixth in the 100 breast and finished 13th in the 50 breast and 14th in the 100 freestyle.

Other top Whitehorse results include: Thomas Bakica ninth in the 50 breast; Rebecca Koser 10th in the 50 breast; Ella Shepherd-Pollock 13th in the 100 breast; and Alex Petriw 14th in the 50 back and 200 free.

Cairns, Kingscote, Pollock-Shepherd and Emma Boyd placed fifth in the 4×50-metre freestyle relay for girls 13-14 on Friday. They then placed sixth in the 4×50-metre medley relay on Saturday.

Harvey, Luke, Thomas and Petriw took seventh in the boys 15-and-over medley relay.

While not improving their times in the pool, Glacier Bears helped some B.C. Lions improve theirs. Members of the CFL team, who were there for a swim, got some pointers from the Whitehorse swimmers.

“They are coming back with some swimming experience, some fun memories from on deck and some excitement after talking to – as they described it –

‘massive’ B.C. Lions players,” said Bukszowana.

Contact Tom Patrick at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Diane McLeod-McKay, Yukon’s Ombudsman and information and privacy commissioner, filed a petition on Dec. 11 after her office was barred from accessing documents related to a child and family services case. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon government rejects Ombudsman requests for documentation filed to Supreme Court

Diane McLeod-McKay filed a petition on Dec. 11 after requests for documents were barred

Buffalo Sabres center Dylan Cozens, left, celebrates his first NHL goal with defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen during the second period of a game against the Washington Capitals on Jan. 22 in Washington. (Nick Wass/AP)
Cozens notches first NHL goal in loss to Capitals

The Yukoner potted his first tally at 10:43 of the second period on Jan. 22

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker in an undated photo from social media. The couple has been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
Former CEO of Great Canadian Gaming, actress charged after flying to Beaver Creek for COVID-19 vaccine

Rod Baker and Ekaterina Baker were charged with two CEMA violations each

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Are they coming?

One of COVID-19’s big economic questions is whether it will prompt a… Continue reading

Yukon MP Larry Bagnell, along with Yukon health and education delegates, announce a new medical research initiative via a Zoom conference on Jan. 21. (Screen shot)
New medical research unit at Yukon University launched

The SPOR SUPPORT Unit will implement patient-first research practices

The bus stop at the corner of Industrial and Jasper Road in Whitehorse on Jan. 25. The stop will be moved approximately 80 metres closer to Quartz Road. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
UPDATED: Industrial Road bus stop to be relocated

The city has postponed the move indefinitely

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in Faro photgraphed in 2016. Faro will receive a new RCMP detachment in 2022, replacing the decades-old building currently accommodating officers. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Faro RCMP tagged for new detachment

Faro will receive a new RCMP detachment in 2022, replacing the decades-old… Continue reading

In a Jan. 18 announcement, the Yukon government said the shingles vaccine is now being publicly funded for Yukoners between age 65 and 70, while the HPV vaccine program has been expanded to all Yukoners up to and including age 26. (
Changes made to shingles, HPV vaccine programs

Pharmacists in the Yukon can now provide the shingles vaccine and the… Continue reading

Parking attendant Const. Ouellet puts a parking ticket on the windshield of a vehicle in downtown Whitehorse on Dec. 6, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is hoping to write of nearly $300,000 in outstanding fees, bylaw fines and court fees, $20,225 of which is attributed to parking fines issued to non-Yukon license plates. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City of Whitehorse could write off nearly $300,000

The City of Whitehorse could write off $294,345 in outstanding fees, bylaw… Continue reading

Grants available to address gender-based violence

Organizations could receive up to $200,000

In this illustration, artist-journalist Charles Fripp reveals the human side of tragedy on the Stikine trail to the Klondike in 1898. A man chases his partner around the tent with an axe, while a third man follows, attempting to intervene. (The Daily Graphic/July 27, 1898)
History Hunter: Charles Fripp — gold rush artist

The Alaskan coastal town of Wrangell was ill-equipped for the tide of… Continue reading

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. While Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis is now setting his sights on the upcoming territorial election, other members of council are still pondering their election plans for the coming year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillors undecided on election plans

Municipal vote set for Oct. 21

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decicions made by Whitehorse city council this week.

Most Read