The 21st Annual Edmonton Keyano International Swim meet finished with a win by the host team. A powerful all-star team from Arizona and an amazing 53-medal performance by the English Youth Squad highlighted the most competitive EKI in recent years.
Alberta's age-group swimmers performed well, with 8 swims under existing Alberta record times. A total of 7 Provincial records were broken, including one that stood for 21 years. There were 5 swims under existing EKI meet record times, resulting in 4 new records.
Mallory Hoekstra of Edmonton Keyano Swim Club, in preliminaries, semis, and in finals, smashed the 21-year-old Alberta Provincial record for: (Correct - three times) 12 and under Female, 100M Backstroke LC. The previous record set by Jennifer McDonald of Edmonton in 1979 in a time of 1:11.31. Mallory swam 1:11.25, 1:10.98 and 1:09.17 taking more than two seconds off the long-time standard. These are Mallory's 22, 23rd and 24th Provincial Age Group Records.
Also from Keyano, Jesse Lund, in finals, broke the 11-year-old Provincial record for: 12 and under Male, 200M IM LC in a time of 2:27.55. Previously 2:27.73, and held by Brett Cameron of Stettler since 1989.
Lund, Matthew Kunyk, Gavin D'Amico and Aaron Loh then set a new Alberta mark for: Men's 12 and Under 200M Medley Relay in a time of 2:11.28, bettering Calgary Cascade's 2:12.01 set two years ago.
Rodale Estor of Calgary Cascade set two new provincial records, starting with: 12 and under Male, 100 M Breaststroke LC, in a time of 1:16.22. Canadian National Team member Morgan Knabe, set the old mark in 1994, 1:16.44. Rodale also holds the Short Course record in this event. Later, Rodale shattered the 14-year-old Alberta record for: 12 and under Male, 200 M Breaststroke LC in a time of 2:43.82. The previous record set by Anthony Pich of Edmonton in 1986 in a time of 2:45.84.
Quickly becoming local media favorites, the British, and the Union Jack were fixtures on the medal podium, winning 26 Gold, 13 Silver and 14 Bronze. With about 18 parents of the US swimmers along for the trip, Arizona's All-stars collected 7 Gold, 10 Silver and 14 Bronze, and were a very popular group. Six swimmers from Poland won 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze, and a young contingent on their first trip out of China collected 6 medals, including 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.
SPEEDO Swim of the Meet 1999
SwimNews Long Course Points Performance Rating.
Female: Alexandra Lys, University of Calgary, 905 Points, 100 Free 58.07
Male: Nathan Hayes, England Youth Squad, 869 Points, 200 Fly 2:06.88