Final Day of Swimming Competition Nets Two More Provincial Records.

CALGARY -- (February 27, 2005) -- The final day of competition at the Alberta Short Course Provincial Championships at the Talisman Centre saw two more provincial records fall, both in relays. Again, it was the University of Calgary Swim Club's powerhouse team of 13-14 year old boys that went the extra mile. In the 200M freestyle relay the new record set is 1:41.01. Freestyle relay team members are Daniel Blattler (14), Curtis Lutsch (14), Braden Maybury (14) and James Kendrick (13). In the 400M medley relay the new record set is 4:09.13, which smashes the old record of 4:16.99 set in 2000 by nearly 8 seconds, and is only two seconds off the national record. The medley relay team members are James Kendrick (13), Curtis Lutsch (14), Lee Fladhamer (14) and Daniel Blattler (14). These successes follow a new provincial record in the 200M medley relay and a new national record in the 400M freestyle relay, both set by the University of Calgary Swim Club's 13-14 year old boys.

The first place, top scoring team at the Alberta Short Course Provincial Championships is the University of Calgary Swim Club. Their 56 athletes aged 9 - 14 powered their way through the competition to beat Edmonton Keyano Swim Club to claim the title of provincial champion.

The Alberta Short Course Provincial Championships provides the selection criteria for membership on the Alberta Team of 14 and under swimmers who will be battling the top swimmers of British Columbia in Kamloops in early April. Swim Alberta will be announcing the names of the 32 athletes shortly.

More Records Broken By Alberta Swimmers

CALGARY -- (February 26, 2005) -- More records were broken Saturday at the Alberta Short Course Provincial Championships, held at the Talisman Centre. Local swimmer Russell Wood (10) of Cascade Swim Club broke the 50M provincial 10 & Under backstroke record, set in 1996. His time was 34.70 seconds. Edmonton Keyano Swim Club's 13-14 relay team of girls also broke the provincial record in the 200M medley relay, setting a new record of 2:03.53.

The University of Calgary Swim Club narrowly missed breaking the Canadian record in the boys 13-14 200M medley relay - by .43 seconds. They did, however, destroy the provincial record that has been unbroken for 13 years. They beat it by close to 3 seconds in 1:51.76. Swimmers on that team were Daniel Blattler, Curtis Lutsch, Lee Fladhamer and James Kendrick.

Friday night, the Canadian record in the 400 metre freestyle relay was demolished by the University of Calgary Swim Club's team of 13-14 year old boys. Swimmers Braden Maybury, James Kendrick, Daniel Blattler and Curtis Lutsch broke the previous record of 3:44.45, set in 1998, by more than six seconds. The new record set by the University of Calgary Swim Club is 3:38.99.

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