Over the last few years it has been rare, perhaps even unheard of, for Whitehorse Glacier Bears swimmers Alexandra Gabor and Bronwyn Pasloski to return from a meet without winning medals or breaking records. However, the two just left Montreal without hardware or another spot in the record books.
Competing at the Pan Pacific Trials over the weekend, Gabor and Pasloski made A finals, but failed to reach the podium and did not secure a spot on the Canadian Team for the Pan Pacifics in August.
“This weekend was definitely a bit of a disappointment,” said Pasloski. “But I’m too worried about it. Everyone has to be a loser sometimes; you can’t win them all.
“I’m going to shake it off. My big thing will be the Summer Nationals.”
“My results were a direct relation to the training that I was doing, which was not good,” wrote Gabor in an e-mail to the News. “I see it now, in retrospect, and it’ll motivate me for the summer trials.”
Gabor, who in November became the first Glacier Bear to win gold in a Canada Cup event, advanced to three A finals, finishing fifth in the 200-metre freestyle – her strongest event – seventh in the 400-metre freestyle and 10th in the 100-metre freestyle. She was also 23rd in the 50-metre freestyle.
“I don’t think any event stands out in a good way, but my 400 free definitely stands out in a bad way, and it proved how much work I need to do in training,” wrote Gabor.
Pasloski, who recently signed an agreement to attend University of Indiana on a swim scholarship, made the 100-metre breaststroke A final and finished ninth. She also came 15th in the 50-metre breaststroke, 16th in the 200-metre breaststroke and 31st in the 200-metre freestyle.
The Canadian Summer Nationals in July will be Gabor and Pasloski’s last chance to make Team Canada and compete in the Pan Pacific Championships being held in Irvine, California.
“A lot of people qualified at this meet, but there are still some spots open,” said Pasloski. “There are (Summer Nationals) to fill in those empty places.”
“I think my chances will be good for the trials if I train properly and stay motivated,” wrote Gabor. “I’m pretty much going to change everything about my training.”
The Glacier Bears Swim Club will be hosting the Yukon Invitational April 23-24, welcoming teams from Juneau, Haines and possibly Fairbanks.
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