The Prospects Squad (swimmers aged 13-14) of SwimBC's Provincial Team program continued its undefeated string at the annual Prospects West Camp and Tri-Meet, which this year was held for the second time in Lethbridge, AB.
The Prospects West Camp/Tri-Meet has evolved out of the BC-Alberta Dual Meet/Camp that has been held since the early 2000s, most frequently in Kamloops, with a team from Manitoba & Saskatchewan added into the mix in the past two iterations of the event.
Over the course of the weekend, starting on Thursday afternoon, the swimmers were led through a number of training sessions (up to four in a day - including dryland) focusing on building stroke and skill technique, race tactics, and stroke reliability, in addition to building strength through dryland training and learning about proper training and racing nutrition and hydration.
The camp was led by Cascade Swim Club Head Coach, and former Olympic coach, Dave Johnson, with Dr. Allan Wrigley present to instruct swimmers on technical matters from a biomechanical standpoint, along with Shane Esau, who delivered presentations on nutrition and hydration.
On Saturday afternoon, after the swimmers had been through a pair of pool sessions and a dryland session already that day, a small meet was held, modelled on the event order at the World Cup.
Being that this was in the midst of a camp, the objective for the swimmers was simply to get out and race - and race well, not being overly concerned with the time on the clock at the end of the race.
The BC swimmers responded to the challenge admirably, displaying a lot of tenacity in a number of races, and finishing the competition with the overall win in team scoring.
Final scores were as follows:
Team Alberta: 1572
Team Man/Sask: 1372
Online results for the meet are available here.
The vibe at the camp was positive throughout, and the swimmers did an excellent job of managing their energy throughout the four-day camp, maintaining a strong focus and demonstrating a desire to learn right up through to the conclusion of the camp early on Sunday afternoon.