Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff-Swimmer --- Josh has story---Catalina Swim Club member Rebecca Smith is just back from posting a Canadian age group record in the 50 metre freestyle event at a Ontario Junior International competition in Toronto.

Smith swims onto national team

Rebecca Smith headed into the Canadian Swimming World and PanAm Trials last week in Toronto with a healthy but balanced sense of self assurance. When the last ripple faded from the pool, the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club athlete had earned a spot on the 2015 Canadian junior team that will compete in the FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore in August.

Rebecca Smith headed into the Canadian Swimming World and PanAm Trials last week in Toronto with a healthy but balanced sense of self assurance.

When the last ripple faded from the pool, the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club athlete had earned a spot on the 2015 Canadian junior team that will compete in the FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore in August.

“I didn’t really know what to expect since there were lots of great athletes there,” Smith, who advanced to the finals in five events — the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 100m butterfly — said Tuesday.

“But I went in there with good confidence since I’ve trained so hard with my coach (Mandi Smith). She’s really helped me out with my training and my teammates have also helped me out. I felt pretty confident with my times going in.”

Smith, 15, who captured four medals — a gold, two silver and a bronze — in the Canadian Age Group Championships last summer in Winnipeg and broke a Canadian age group record in the Ontario Junior International in December, set provincial records in her three freestyle events at the World and PanAm Trials.

Also competing in the Trials were two of her Catalina teammates — Madalyn Smith 17, and 14-year-old Josh Young.

“This was an extremely exciting event to be a part of. We got to see our best swimmers in the country compete to represent Canada and it was so cool to be part of the mix,” said Catalina head coach Mandi Smith. “We have a strong history of swimmers who have gone on from Red Deer to other programs and been very successful. This group of kids is the first group to be internationally competitive while training out of our little pool.”

Coach Smith will accompany Rebecca Smith to Sydney, Australia this week as the national team will compete in that country’s week-long age group championships starting Monday.

“I haven’t competed in an international event before so I’m really excited just to get the experience and know what it’s like so I can learn lots,” said the Red Deer swimmer.

Just Posted

Break-in at Red Deer business

Social media reports confirm a business break and enter in Red Deer… Continue reading

‘Rough waters’: Spill raises new questions about fast-growing N.L. oil industry

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s ambitious plans to dramatically expand… Continue reading

Trudeau rules out snap election call, national ballot slated for Oct. 21

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there will be no early… Continue reading

Canadian firm says it has found largest diamond ever unearthed in North America

YELLOWKNIFE — A Canadian mining firm says it has unearthed the largest… Continue reading

Man from Olds killed in collision near Sundre

A 39-year-old man from Olds was killed in a collision near Sundre… Continue reading

WATCH: More than 100 protest UN migration pact, carbon tax in Red Deer

Chants of “Trudeau must go” echoed through the streets of downtown Red… Continue reading

Man who demolished landmark house ordered to build replica

SAN FRANCISCO — A man who illegally demolished a San Francisco house… Continue reading

Giuliani: ‘Over my dead body’ will Mueller interview Trump

WASHINGTON — With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval… Continue reading

Quebecers criticize western oil but buying more gasoline, SUVs, bigger homes: report

MONTREAL — Quebec’s premier is quick to reject “dirty” oil from Western… Continue reading

Speaker Geoff Regan opens the door to his apartment in Parliament

OTTAWA — One of the best-kept secrets inside the main building on… Continue reading

Baloo the cat is back at home after being mistakenly shipped to Montreal

HALIFAX — Much to the relief of his loving family, Baloo the… Continue reading

‘It’s what we do’: Famous Newfoundlanders help replace veteran’s stolen guitar

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Two famous Newfoundlanders stepped in to help an… Continue reading

Quebec’s anti-corruption unit blames media coverage for recruiting troubles

MONTREAL — Seven years after it was created, Quebec’s anti-corruption unit is… Continue reading

Former PQ cabinet minister poised to become next Bloc Quebecois leader

MONTREAL — It appears likely that Yves-Francois Blanchet, a former Parti Quebecois… Continue reading

Most Read