A quick look at the results and it’s easy to spot which stroke was getting results for sisters Cassis and Rennes Lindsay in Victoria.
The two Whitehorse Glacier Bears swimmers captured five medals, all in freestyle, at the Swim B.C. AAA Long Course Championship over the weekend.
“The freestyle is definitely my favourite stroke,” said Cassis. “Backstroke is good, but I didn’t get any medals in it unfortunately.”
Cassis pocketed silver medals in the 50 and 100 free for girls 12-13.
She also placed eighth in the 200-metre backstroke, 10th in the 100-metre backstroke, 12th in the 200 free and 24th in the 100-metre butterfly.
“The first day I got off to a bit of a rocky start and didn’t do very good in my races,” said Cassis. “One was the 100 backstroke, which I potentially could have gotten a medal in, but I was just feeling off that day.
“The second day I got a silver medal, so I picked up my game a little.”
Rennes swam to bronze in the 800 free, 50 free and 100 free in the 11-and-under division. She is currently ranked sixth in Canada in the 100 free for her age group.
Rennes also took fourth in the 200 free and 100 butterfly, and placed fifth in the 400-metre individual medley.
“They were really fun,” said Rennes. “At the last meet, the Kamloops Classic meet, I was trying really hard to focus on my technique. At this meet I could speed up a bit and still have some good technique.”
Rennes also twice amended the Glacier Bears record book. She broke the long course club record in the 200 fly in the preliminaries with a time of 2:51.30 and then beat that time in the final at 2:45.05, taking fourth.
She set two qualifying times in the 200 fly and 400 individual medley for the Canadian Age Group Swimming Championship, but needed a third to secure a spot at the nationals. She missed a third in the 100 fly by 0.2 seconds.
Cassis has qualified for the age group nationals and will race the 50 and 100 free, and the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke later this month in Winnipeg.
“I’m looking forward to those a lot,” said Cassis. “In my 100 and 50 freestyle I’m ranked ninth in Canada, so I have a good chance at getting into finals at nationals, which is cool.”
The Lindsay sisters were joined in Victoria by Glacier Bears teammate Brooklyn Massie, swimming in her first AAA championships, in 11-and-under.
Massie finished 12th in the 800 free, 12th in the 400 individual medley, 16th in the 100 back, 17th in the 200 back, 22nd in the 400 free, and 24th in the 200 medley.
The Lindsays won three medals at the B.C. AAA Short Course Championships in February.
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