Barracudas place fourth at Saskatchewan “A” Provincial & Junior Cup Championships

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The Saskatchewan A Provincial & Junior Cup Championships was hosted in Prince Albert from February 28 – March 2, featuring ten swim clubs from Saskatchewan. Swift Current Barracudas (SCB) not only came home with a total of 35 medals, but also ranked 4th overall in combined team scores.

“This was absolutely incredible. Not only we had doubled the amount of swimmers going to this Provincial Championships from previous season, but our swimmers also delivered their best performance they thought they were never capable of,” said coach Gary Cheung.

Despite the first day of the provincial championships, Barracudas’ youngster Griffin Duncalfe (9) stepped up as an example for the Barracudas with his best time of 44.11 in 50 butterfly and earning his first spot to advance in finals.

Juliana Whalen (12) achieved another ManSask (AA) time in 50 backstroke with a time of 40.42, followed by another best time swim in 50 breaststroke with a time of 49.12.

Veteran swimmer Vaughn Golden (18) took on his first day in determination and he did not disappoint. His two events, 50 fly and 50 freestyle both advanced to finals and were his personal best in time of 31.70 and 27.79 respectively, which also put him 0.38 second short to achieve ManSask time in 50 freestyle.

Adam Bugera (14) advanced to finals with best times in all events he entered including 50 backstroke with a time of 37.88, 50 Breaststroke with a time of 41.06 and 50 freestyle with a time of 30.44.

Faith Biem (15) advanced to finals in 50 backstroke with a time of 38.19 and personal best in 50 freestyle with a time of 32.64, putting her in second place in preliminary.

Blake White (17) earned his spot for finals in 50 breaststroke with a time of 41.47 and 50 freestyle with a time of 31.28.

Amber Hansen (12) advanced to finals in 50 freestyle with a time of 35.68.

The intensity and rivalry began to stir at Frank J Dunn Pool in Prince Albert as day two of the meet went on. Despite there was only less than an hour break between preliminaries and finals, it definitely did not stop SCB swimmers to continue their pursuit in excellence.

Griffin Duncalfe, once again stood up as an example and swam his very first 400 freestyle and finishing 4th in his age category (11&U) with time of 6:16.05.

Jenna McDonald (13) from Cabri advanced to finals in 400 freestyle and 200 I.M in spite of the fact that she aged up in early February and had to compete against some of the 14 year old girls. She took on the challenge without hesitation and won three bronze medals in 400 freestyle, 200 I.M. and 100 backstroke in the finals. 

Faith Biem (15) took home a silver medal in 200 backstroke and a bronze medal in 200 freestyle.

Adam Bugera (14) had definitely one of his toughest night swimming four final swims back to back. There was not a doubt that he pushed himself to meet the impossible and took home four gold medals in 4x50 men freestyle relay, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 50 breaststroke in a single evening.

Ending Saturday night, the Barracudas women relay team members: Amber Hansen, Faith Biem, Megan Hodgson and Ashley McDonald took home silver medal in 4x50 freestyle relay in time of 2:19.82. On the other hand, Barracudas men relay team consisted of Vaughn Golden, Kyle Kissick, Adam Bugera and Blake White out-touching the rivalry team from Moose Jaws Kinsmen Flying Fins and winning gold medal in the 4x50 freestyle relay in time of 1:56.07.

“Competitive swimming maybe an individual sport, but I like make it as a team sport,” said Cheung. “Every event our swimmers swam also scored points for their team. I remember on the last day of the meet I told the team that we were ahead of Saskatoon Goldfins, one of the biggest club in Saskatchewan in combined team scores. I told them we need to hold our ground! It definitely got their attention and they were fired up!”

The last day of the championships was a toughest day for every swimmer. Despite how exhausted Barracudas swimmers already were both physically and mentally after two straight days of racing, they knew they had to hold their ground.

Barracudas men relay team stood up first event in the morning by winning gold medal in 4x50 medley relay. Women relay team definitely did not disappoint and took home bronze medal in the same relay event as well.

One of the SCB youngster Amy Bugera (10) swam a best time of 1:46.52 in 100 breaststroke. Kyle Kissick (14) brought home 2 gold medals from 400 freestyle and 200 butterfly as well as 2 silver medals in 100 butterfly and 100 I.M. Juliana Whalen (12) wrapped up the meet for Barracudas by winning silver in 400 I.M. in a time of 6:35.12, also making that her second ManSask times she achieved in this meet. Blake White (17) sprinted home with his personal best of 29.78 and finished 4th in 50 freestyle.

Amy’s older brother, Adam Bugera (14) shone as a speedster and took home three more gold medals in 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and men 4x50 medley relay on the last day, which also made him becoming the most medal winner for Barracudas. He brought home a total of six gold medals, including two from men relays, and four bronze medals as well.

Coming up next – ManSask Short Course Championships in Winnipeg from March 14 – March 17. This meet feature over 450 swimmers from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, B.C. and Alberta. The Swift Current Barracudas will be sending four swimmers - Jenna McDonald, Juliana Whalen, Amber Hansen and Kyle Kissick to compete some of the best swimmers from Western Canada.

On the other hand, Barracudas is getting ready to host their annual Chinook Invitational on April 5 & 6. There will be potentially eight clubs from Saskatchewan coming to Swift Current to compete. They welcome everyone including parents and spectators to come cheer us on!

Combined Team Scores:

1st – Prince Albert Sharks – 737

2nd – Moose Jaw Flying Fins – 423

3rd – Regina Optimist Dolphin – 395.5

4th – Swift Current Barracudas – 361

5th – Saskatoon Goldfins – 342.5

6th – Yorkton Storm – 178

7th – Regina Y’s Mens Marlins – 112

8th – Meadow Lake Manta Ray - 64

Relays:

Bronze - Girls 13-14 200 Medley Relay: (2:42.12)

Megan Hodgson, Juliana Whalen, Jenna McDonald, Amber Hansen

Silver – Girls 15&O 200 Free Relay: (2:19.82)

Amber Hansen, Faith Biem, Megan Hodgson, Ashley McDonald

Gold – Boys 16&O 200 Freestyle Relay: (1:56.07)

Vaughn Golden, Kyle Kissick, Adam Bugera, Blake White

Gold – Boys 16&O 200 Medly Relay (2:14.85)

Vaughn Golden, Adam Bugera, Kyle Kissick, Blake White

Individual achievements:

Faith Biem (15)

Silver – 100 Backstroke (1:20.39)

Silver – 200 Backstroke (2:53.01)

Silver – 50 Backstroke (37.70)

Silver – 200 F.R. (2:19.82)

Bronze – 200 Freestyle (2:39.17)

Bronze – 50 Freestyle (32.86)

Adam Bugera (14)

Gold – 200 Freestyle (2:27.96)

Gold – 100 Freestyle (106.88)

Gold – 100 Backstroke (1:22.24)

Gold – 50 Breaststroke (40.17)

Gold – 200 F.R. (1:56.07)

Gold – 200 M.R. (2:14.85)

Bronze – 50 Freestyle (31.00)

Bronze – 100 Breaststroke (1:30.14)

Bronze – 200 Breaststroke (3:10.81)

Bronze – 50 Backstroke (37.98)

Amy Bugera (10)

5th – 100 Breaststroke (1:46.52)

6th – 100 I.M. (1:42.82)

Elliot Duncalfe (9)

4th – 200 Freestyle (3:07.60)

5th – 200 Backstroke (3:35.22)

7th – 100 I.M. (1:44.57)

Griffin Duncalfe (9)

4th – 400 Freestyle (6:16.28)

5th – 50 Fly (48.06)

6th – 100 Freestyle (1:22.60)

7th – 100 Backstroke (1:38.03)

7th – 100 I.M. (1:38.26)

Vaughn Golden (18)

Gold – 100 I.M. (1:12.84)

Gold – 200 F.R. (1:56.07)

Gold – 200 M.R. (2:14.85)

Silver – 50 Freestyle (28.33)

Silver – 100 Freestyle (1:02.15)

Bronze – 200 I.M. (2:37.85)

Bronze – 200 Freestyle (2:16.23)

4th – 50 Fly (32.22)

4th – 100 Backstroke (1:15.74).

Amber Hansen (12)

Silver – 50 Freestyle (34.78)

Silver – 200 F.R. (2:19.82)

Bronze – 200 M.R. (2:42.12)

4th – 100 Freestyle (1:19.37)

5th – 200 Freestyle (2:58.73)

8th – 100 Backstroke (1:34.76)

Megan Hodgson (14)

Silver – 200 F.R. (2:19.82)

Bronze – 200 M.R. (2:42.12)

4th – 200 Breaststroke (3:29.12)

5th – 100 Freestyle (1:13.57)

7th – 100 Breaststroke (1:36.17)

Kyle Kissick (14)

Gold – 400 Freestyle (5:07.09)

Gold – 200 Fly (2:51.35)

Gold – 200 F.R. (1:56.07)

Gold – 200 M.R. (2:14.85)

Silver – 100 Fly (1:15.13)

Silver – 100 I.M. (1:10.65)

Ashley McDonald (11)

Silver – 200 F.R. (2:19.82)

7th – 100 I.M. (1:41.23)

Jenna McDonald (13)

Bronze – 200 M.R. (2:42.12)

Bronze – 100 Backstroke (1:21.56)

Bronze – 100 I.M. (1:23.98)

Bronze – 400 Freestyle (5:26.95)

5th – 100 Breaststroke (1:35.33)

Julianna Whalen (12)

Silver – 200 Backstroke (3:07.95)

Silver – 400 I.M. (6:35.12)

Silver – 100 Fly (1:29.18)

Bronze – 200 M.R. (2:42.12)

4th – 50 Backstroke (40.68)

5th – 100 Backstroke (1:30.56)

Blake White (17)

Gold – 200 F.R. (1:56.07)

Gold – 200 M.R. (2:14.85)

Silver – 50 Breaststroke (39.50)

Silver – 200 Backstroke (2:44.51)

4th – 50 Free (29.78)

4th – 100 Free (1:08.31)

5th – 100 Backstroke (1:18.30)

Organizations: Swift Current Barracudas

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Swift Current, Western Canada Moose Jaw Saskatoon

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