Lindsay sisters a splashing success at B.C. AAAs

Whitehorse siblings Rennes and Cassis Lindsay have returned from a short course championship with a long list of accomplishments. 

Whitehorse siblings Rennes and Cassis Lindsay have returned from a short course championship with a long list of accomplishments.

The two Glacier Bears Swim Club members and five teammates competed at the Swim B.C. AAA Short Course Championships over the weekend in Kamloops.

Between the two sisters, there were three medals, invites to major swim meets and a club record set.

“I’m happy with what I got,” said Rennes. “I still need to improve on a lot, but I’m pretty happy with what I did.”

Rennes won gold in the 400-metre individual medley (IM) and silver in the 200-metre freestyle in girls 11-and-under.

She set a personal best time of 5:38.88 in the 400IM and is now ranked fourth in Canada in the event for her age division.

Rennes also swam to fifth in the 200-metre butterfly and 200-metre individual medley, and sixth in the 800-metre freestyle.

“It was really fun,” said Rennes. “It was nice having a lot of team members there because there’s usually not very many. This year there was quite a few, so it was really fun.”

Cassis won bronze in the 100-metre backstroke in the girls 12-13 division.

The backstroke specialist also took first in the 50-metre backstroke time trial the first evening of the meet. Medals were not awarded in time trial but Cassis did set a new club record of 31.88, surpassing an eight-year-old record set by Bronwyn Pasloski who now swims for Indiana University in the U.S.

Cassis also came fourth in the 50-metre butterfly time trial before taking fourth in the 50-metre freestyle and 200-metre freestyle, and seventh in the 100-metre freestyle and 200-metre backstroke.

“I’m feeling very proud of myself,” said Cassis. “In a couple races, like the 100 freestyle, I messed up one of the turns, but I really came back and ended up taking seventh. And I was one second slower than my normal time, which is really good.”

Her times in the 50 back, 100 back and 100 free earned her a spot at the Canadian Age Group Championships this summer in Winnipeg.

She also obtained an invite to the Western Canadian Swimming Championships with her backstroke times. However, the western championships are in just over a week in Vancouver, so she’s not planning to attend.

“It’s short notice, so we don’t plan on going, but we are going to (the age group) nationals,” said Cassis.

All seven Glacier Bears set personal best times at the meet.

Whitehorse’s Thomas Bakica claimed 12th in the 400-metre IM and 200-metre breaststroke and came 13th in the 800-metre freestyle for boys 11-and-under.

Brother Luke Backica took 40th in the 200-metre freestyle and 45th in the 200-metre individual medley in boys 12-13.

Teammate Matt Blakesley sped to 15th in the 1,500-metre freestyle and 19th in the 400-metre IM in boys 12-13.

Aidan Harvey accumulated four top-20 placings for the Glacier Bears. He took 15th in the 200-metre backstroke, 16th in the 50-metre freestyle, and 19th in the 100-metre backstroke and 400-metre freestyle in boys 11-and-under.

Hannah Kingscote swam to 17th in the 100-metre butterfly and 100-metre IM, and 18th in the 200-metre backstroke and 50-metre freestyle in girls 11-and-under.

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