The Whitehorse Glacier Bears recently travelled to Vancouver for the end of season AA Provincial Championships at the Percy Norman Pool on June 23 to 25.
Despite being one of the smallest teams at the swim meet, the Bears were often the loudest cheering team. People definitely knew where the Bears are from.
Kate McArthur led the way for the Bears, medalling in all five of her swims. Competing in the 12-year-old division, McArthur did an incredible job in each final, achieving personal best times.
The highlight for McArthur was achieving the AAA qualifying time in the 100-metre backstroke event, and also taking the gold.
Distance events saw two competitors in each lane, for most this was a new experience with some challenges.
Jason Zrum was seeded as a medal contender in the 400-metre freestyle. Unfortunately the other swimmer in his lane swam right into Zrum just after he had completed a turn, colliding headfirst.
“It was great that Jason completed the swim, and finished in 4th place,” said coach Kathy Zrum.
Jason Zrum and Aurora Cherian-Kuni both tackled the tough and very tiring, 400-metre individual medley race.
Aurora swam a very strong fly portion of the race and, at the end, said she was glad it was over and that she had survived the challenging race.
Both Aurora and Jason achieved personal bests in this event, along with knocking off a large amount of time.
In total, nine medals were brought back from the swim meet from three swimmers:
• Kate McArthur (gold in 100-metre backstroke and 100-metre breaststroke, silver in 50-metre freestyle, 200-metre individual medley, 100-metre freestyle)
• Hayley Bielz (gold in 800-metre freestyle, silver in 400-metre freestyle)
• Jason Zrum (bronze 400-metre individual medley and 100-metre freestyle)
Other notable performances include Aurora Cherian-Kuni, who made the final in the 100-metre fly, and finished the race in 5th place, and achieved a AA qualifying time.
Spencer Sumanik, swimming in the tough 14 and older age division, had a fantastic 200-metre freestyle swim, achieving another personal best, he also swam a very fast 100-metre fly, achieving an AA qualifying time in this event.
Next up for the Whitehorse Glacier Bears, the SilverTip swimmers travel to Victoria for the BC AAA Provincial Long Course Championships in Victoria on July 6 to 9, 2006.
Sanchez Cantina 6
Yukon Brewing 3
Sanchez turned up the heat on the Yukon Brewing squad, with Dan Olynyk and Chris Shoniker scoring two goals each. Sundeep Sharma and Kyla Fraser added singles for Sanchez.
Steven Mead, Liz Bradley and Donovan Diaz scored for the Brewers.
First half of the season,
1st Whitehorse Dental, 8-1-1, 15
2nd Len’s Painting, 6-2-2, 12
3rd Sam & Andy’s, 5-5-0, 10
4th AFD Trappers, 3-5-1, 7
5th CYFN Chiefs, 3-5-1, 7
6th King Construction, 3-5-1, 7
7th Kal Tire, 2-7-0, 4
1st Whitco, 6-3-1, 13
2nd Chilkoot Brewers, 5-3-1, 11
3rd Sportslodge, 5-3-1, 11
4th Roadhouse, 5-4-0, 10
5th Co-Operaiders, 4-5-0, 8
6th Territorial Auto Parts, 4-6-0, 8
7th Roche Firth Financial, 2-7-1, 5
1st Faro Flaming Marshmallows,
2nd Discovery Bar Brew Jays,
3rd Catalyst Communications,
4th Air Cargo Express, 7-2-2, 14
5th Senior Games Team, 6-5-1, 11
6th Coke, 5-6-0, 10
7th Cash Plan, 5-6-0, 10
8th AFAB Roofing, 5-6-0, 10
9th The Zoo Tanning & Apparel,
10th Yukon Inn, 3-8-0, 6
11th Geronimo’s Elks, 3-8-0, 6
12th Emco Eliminators, 3-8-0, 6
13th 202/Wild, 3-8-0, 6