Three new lifetime bests, and my first big success as a swim coach!
EOSA Regional Short Course Championships - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Been a busy couple of months, with a meet as a swimmer and a meet as a coach!
I had qualified for the Eastern Ontario Regional Short Course Championships, which ran February 1-3 . I was locked in for my sprints, and set new lifetime bests in the 100m free, along with the 50m freestyle and fly legs of our relay.
100m free: 1:04.18 (new PB by 1.10s)
50m free (relay leg): 29.64 (better than 50m free PB by 0.13s)
50m fly (relay leg): 32.96 (better than 50m fly PB by 1.07s)
Felt great to put up some lifetime bests in sprints, as most of my good work so far this year has been in the longer events. Definitely feel like I can go faster in the sprints with quicker starts and tighter turns. One more short course (25m pool) meet Feb 23-24, and then a break of a few weeks before the long course (50m) season starts.
I also coach a pre-competitive group of swimmers for my home club, and have a fantastic group of four girls aged 8 to 11, including one incredible paraswimmer. Our club recently held its first home developmental meet in many years, and all four of my girls took part in their first-ever swim meet. All four girls swam lifetime bests in every event they swam! I was so proud of my girls! I can’t believe how nervous and excited I was for them – now I know how my parents feel when I, or my sister or brother, swim in a meet.
Great couple of weeks, and it feels great to see improvement on my sprints after doing so well with my distance events earlier in the season.
Can’t wait for long course season to start!
Kennedy Fitzgerald has committed to University of Waterloo
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