Whitehorse swimmer dominates Dino Cup a fourth time

Whitehorse's Rennes Lindsay is the Michael Phelps of the Dino Cup. The Glacier Bears swimmer won seven gold medals in seven races at the 10-and-under meet in Calgary, Alta., over the weekend.

Whitehorse’s Rennes Lindsay is the Michael Phelps of the Dino Cup.

The Glacier Bears swimmer won seven gold medals in seven races at the 10-and-under meet in Calgary, Alta., over the weekend.

It was the fourth year in a row the 10-year-old swam to gold in every one of her races.

Lindsay has now won 29 gold medals from the Dino Cup since 2010.

“She’s really dedicated to swimming and she loves to be in the water – and she loves to compete,” said Glacier Bears coach Isabel Parkkari. “She’s a great mentor for the younger kids, even though some of them are her own age. She’s great, she helps them out and everything.”

Lindsay, who was swimming in the 10-year-old girls division, won the 100-metre freestyle, 50-metre butterfly, 100-metre individual medley, 50-metre breaststroke, 200-metre individual medley, 50-metre freestyle and the 100-metre butterfly.

She also set five personal best times in what will be her last time competing at the Dino Cup, aging out after this year.

Glacier Bears teammate Hannah Kingscote also made the podium. Swimming in the same division as Lindsay, Kingscote captured silver in the 25-metre butterfly and bronze in the 50-metre butterfly.

She also placed fifth in the 100-metre freestyle and in the 50-metre backstroke.

Kingscote set personal best times in every race, erasing 11.73 seconds off her 100-metre freestyle.

“She loves to swim, she loves being in the water,” said Parkkari.

Whitehorse’s Alexander Petriw came close to making the podium, placing fourth in the 200-metre freestyle in the 10-year-old boys division. He also took seventh in the 100-metre freestyle, 50-metre breaststroke and 100-metre breaststroke. Petriw shaved a huge 20.28 seconds off his 200-metre freestyle.

Teammate Meghan Birmingham came fourth in the 25-metre breaststroke and ninth in the 50-metre breaststroke, with personal bests in every event in 10-year-old girls.

Glacier Bear Liam Diamond, swimming in 10-year-old boys, took fifth in the 25-metre freestyle and ninth in the 200-metre individual medley.

Whitehorse’s Camilla Hallock raced to fifth in the 25-metre backstroke and 12th in the 25-metre freestyle for nine-year-old girls.

“Camilla races her hardest, no matter what,” said Parkkari. “She was really fun to coach.”

Other Glacier Bears results include: Meghan Pennington eighth in the 200 IM and 14th in the 100 breast for 10-year-old girls; Amelia Barrault 11th in the 100 breast and 13th in the 50 free in eight-year-old girls; Emma Gau 16th in the 50 breast and the 25 fly for nine-year-old girls; Noah Wright 20th in the 50 breast and the 100 breast for 10-year-old boys; and Amy Vanderkley 26th in the 50 free and 28th in the 50 breast for 10-year-old girls.

Over 400 swimmers competed in the Dino Cup from 13 clubs. As usual, the Glacier Bears were among the loudest.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves and everyone cheered other people on,” said Parkkari. “There was great team spirit on the deck and it was a lot of fun.

“We were one of the smaller (teams), but we were one of the louder ones.”

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

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