Smith brings home pair of medals from Westerns

Madalyn Smith captured a pair of medals for the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club at the Speedo Western Canadian Championships in Saskatoon during the weekend. Smith, 14, finished second in the 100-metre breaststroke and third in the 50m breaststroke.

Madalyn Smith captured a pair of medals for the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club at the Speedo Western Canadian Championships in Saskatoon during the weekend.

Smith, 14, finished second in the 100-metre breaststroke and third in the 50m breaststroke.

One of the big highlights of the weekend was a Canadian record set by 12-year-old Rebecca Smith, who broke the 28-year-old Canadian National Age Group record in the 11-12 year-old girls’ 200m backstroke. She finished in a time of 2:17.96. She also set six provincial records for the 11-12 year-old age group.

She twice bettered marks in the 400m Individual Medley and 200m backstroke as well as bettering records in the 50m freestyle and 200m I.M.

Josh Young, 12, also bettered provincial records in the 11-12 year-old boys’ 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke. The 14 Catalina members on hand also set 17 club records.

“With 48 personal best times set over the weekend it’s hard to pick a specific great achievement,” said Catalina head coach Mandi Smith. “All the kids did an amazing job and reached new individual heights and supported each other in their successes.”

The club will send 23 competitors to the Northern Regional Age Group Trials this weekend in Sherwood Park.

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