The speed swimming season is winding down for another year. Provincials were held this past weekend in Watrous. Rosetown was well represented with seven swimmers at the tournament. Of the seven, five competitors were able to take home medals in at least on of their events.
Kris Wenzel, Team Manager, said overall, it was a great end to their season, "We had a great season. Again, we remain to be a small club but there's really enthusiastic young swimmers coming up that are really enjoying swimming and have really shown great progress. We are hoping to continue to fly in the younger age group and expand."
Provincials marked the end of the season for the Rosetown Royals. The team had their last practice on Thursday in Biggar.
The Royals do have some exciting news coming out of the 2017 season. Rosetown was accepted as the host for the Provincial Summer Swim Meet in 2019. This will be the first time since 2005 Rosetown has hosted this event.
Wenzel said that it was long overdue for Rosetown to host the meet, "Being that there's multiple clubs around the province, you want to take a turn. You put in a bid for provincials and being that it has been so long, it was highly encouraged that Rosetown take in it in the year 2019."
All of the members currently with the team have not yet been involved in organizing this type of tournament. The group does one home meet each season but nothing compared to the size of a provincial meet.
"It's going to be a huge undertaking." Wenzel said it will be a real group effort to put it together, "We will be definitely asking some questions to previous club members on how they were able to run it successfully."
Ella Inverarity competed in the girls 7-8 year old category. Ella brought home one bronze medal from a relay race. This was also Ella's first year competing at provincials.
- 11th 50 M Backstroke
- 6th 25 M Butterfly
- 8th 50 M Freestyle
- 3rd 100 M medley relay representing Team North - Bronze Medal
Jordan Merrifield swam in the girls 7-8 year old category. Jordan had an impressive run at provincials and was able to take home three gold medals and one bronze.
- 1st 25 M Butterfly - Gold Medal
- 1st 25 M Backstroke - Gold Medal
- 4th 25 M Freestyle
- 1st 100 M IM - Gold Medal
- 3rd 100 M Freestyle relay representing Team North - Bronze Medal
Tari Wenzel swam in the girls 9-10 year old category.
- 7th 50 M Butterfly
- 4th 200 M Freestyle relay representing Team North
Josalyn Ashmore also swam in the girls 9-10 year old category. Josalyn took home a silver medal for a relay.
- 6th 100 M Freestyle
- 6th 50 M Breaststroke
- 8th 50 M Backstroke
- 7th 100 M Breaststroke
- 11th 50 M Freestyle
- 2nd 200 Medley relay representing Team North - Silver Medal
Allister Merrifield competed in the girls 11-12 year old category.
- 11th 25 M Butterfly
- 10th 50 M Butterfly
Meagan Wenzel competed in the girls 15-17 age group. Meagan brought home four medals; two bronze and two silver.
- 3rd 200 M Backstroke - Bronze Medal
- 5th 50 M Butterfly
- 4th 100 M Backstroke
- 3rd 100 M Butterfly - Bronze Medal
- 6th 50 M Freestyle
- 3rd 200 M Freestyle relay representing Team North - Silver Medal
- 2nd 200 M Medley relay representing Team North - Silver Medal
Renae Wenzel competed in the 18 & over girls category. Renae was able to place in every event this past weekend.
- 3rd 50 M Butterfly - Bronze Medal
- 2nd 100 M Breaststroke - Silver Medal
- 2nd 100 M Backstroke - Silver Medal
- 1st 200 M Breaststroke - Gold Medal
- 2nd 200 M IM - Silver Medal
- 3rd 200 M Freestyle relay representing Team North - Bronze Medal
- 3rd 200 M Medley relay representing Team North - Bronze Medal