Nine Whitehorse Glacier Bears’ swimmers travelled to Victoria for the annual Long Course BC Provincial AAA Age Group Championships.
This very tough swim meet, with more than 600 swimmers competing, marks the end of the Bears’ season.
Bronwyn Pasloski competed in the tough 13-14 female age group swimming to a dozen top 10 finishes, including silver in the 100 metre breaststoke.
She also received $125 for being the best swimmer from the Northern BC region.
Kirsten Berube made several top 30 finishes in the 12-and-under age group in her first long course meet, while Erin O’Connor finished her career with the Bears in Victoria, posting a 24th place finish in the 100-metre breaststroke.
O’Connor will be attending the University of Calgary in the fall and will be trying out for the varsity swim team.
Tanner Cassidy, Arian Edelman, Spencer Edelman, Erin O’Connor, Geoffrey Thompson, Kayla Yeulet and Brendan Zrum all competed in the very competitive senior category.
In some races there were swimmers who were 26 and older.
Brendan Zrum swam a very fast race and achieved a qualifying time for the Canadian Age Group Nationals in the senior men’s 50-metre freestyle.
Another 11 Whitehorse Glacier Bears club records were broken over the weekend for a total of 139 broken records this season.
Many of the swimmers will get a rest, but Bronwyn Pasloski and Alexandra Gabor will be attending Swim Canada’s Canadian Age Group Nationals in Calgary on July 20 to 23. Gabor will continue on to the Pan-Pacific Trials in Montreal later in the month.
Sunny skies, brutal hills, and a brisk pace greeted 12 cyclists for Sunday’s road race.
Starting at the bus turnaround on Range Road, the riders travelled south to Mountain View Drive, then rode north along Mountain View and Hickory and eventually back onto Range Road, tackling a brutal hill up to the finish line.
In total, the course was eight kilometres. The Novice racers rode four laps, while the Sports rode six and the Experts rode 10.
The race heated up early on, with Tanya Gadsby attacking on the very first climb along Mountain View Drive.
On the fourth lap, the race was torn apart when Expert riders Jerome McIntyre and Glenn Iceton attacked at the top of Mountain View Drive.
When the dust settled, Chuck Mackenzie completed his four laps with a time of 1:09:16 to win the novice men’s category.
Meanwhile, in the sport men’s category Darren Holcolm was able to stick with some of the expert riders, finishing in first with a time of 1:26:37.
The sport men’s category saw a close battle for second with Graham Riske finishing only 15 seconds ahead of Nathan Leenders and 25 seconds ahead of Ed Hopkins.
In the sport women’s category Tanya Gadsby finished her six laps with a time of 2:00:36.
In the expert race McIntyre and Iceton held the lead until the final lap.
However, Mac Hislop had an ace up his sleeve.
Pacing himself to perfection, on the final lap Hislop passed a bonking Iceton just before Hickory and proceeded to surprise McIntyre on the final climb to take the victory with a time of 2:24:42. His second win in a week.
Novice men, 32 kilometres
1st Chuck Mackenzie, 1:09:16
Sport women, 48 kilometres
2nd Tanya Gadsby, 2:00:36
Sport men, 48 kilometres
1st Darrin Holcolm, 1:26:37
2nd Graham Riske, 1:29:11
3rd Nathan Leenders, 1:29:26
4th Ed Hopkins, 1:29:36
5th Rick Scramstad, 1:30:02
6th Tim Arnholtz, 1:37:45
Expert men, 80 kilometres
1st Mac Hislop, 2:24:42
2nd Jerome McIntyre, 2:25:08
3rd Glenn Iceton, 2:27:10
Mic Mac 4
Jason Inkster and Amberley Wolfe both scored a pair for Intersport in this high scoring match. Patti Flather added a single.
Mic Mac scorers were Arnold Hedstrom, Phil Jackson, John Pereira and Andrew Morris.