Glacier Bears share the wealth in Kelowna

Seven Whitehorse Glacier Bears competed at the BC AA Long Course Championships over the weekend in Kelowna, BC. None left empty-handed.

Seven Whitehorse Glacier Bears competed at the BC AA Long Course Championships over the weekend in Kelowna, BC.

None left empty-handed.

The Whitehorse swimmers brought home 16 medals, with each making at least one podium appearance, in addition to three AAA times and a club record.

“They all swam excellent. And those that made finals, swam even better in the finals,” said Glacier Bears head coach Marek Poplawski. “So the improvements were fantastic, as times are concerned.

“Two swimmers made AAA times – Adrian Robinson and Cassis Lindsay.

“All together it was a fantastic meet.”

Robinson was the only multiple gold winner, winning the 100-metre freestyle and 100-metre backstroke in the boys 11-and-under division, both with AAA times. He also took silver in the 200 free and bronze in the 100-metre breaststroke. Robinson, who was aggregate winner at the Yukon Championships in May, also came fifth in the 200 breast, setting his 11th Glacier Bears club record, six of which still stand.

Teammate Craig Berube, swimming in the boys 14-and-under division, raced to a gold in the 100 back, plus three silvers in the 200-metre individual medley, 100-metre butterfly and the 200 back. He also made three other A finals.

Cassis Lindsay captured three bronze medals in two different age groups. In girls 11-and-under she won bronze in the 50 free – achieving a AAA time – and took the two others in the 50 fly and 200 IM for the 10-and-under division.

In girls 12-and-under, Dannica Nelson took silver in the 200 IM and bronze in the 200 free, also producing two other fourth-place finishes.

Whitehorse’s Taylor Harvey won silver in the 200 free for 11-and-under girls. She also almost medaled in the 400 free, taking fourth.

Boys 14-and-under swimmers Sam Storey and Gavin Young both topped out with fourth-place finishes in their individual races, but went on to help Robinson and Berube to two golds in the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay.

“The boys’ relays – two gold medals – were really close races,” said Poplawski. “They won both, so it was really nice to watch.”

Storey took fourth in the 100 free, making four other A finals, while Young grabbed fourth in the 500 free, making three other A finals.

“They all did really good times, with big improvements, and I cannot ask for better,” he added.

Contact Tom Patrick at

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