It was a successful weekend at Swim Alberta’s Spring Championships for the Fort McMurray Mantas Swim Club.
13-year-old Drew Germain had a weekend to remember, snagging gold in the boys 800-metre freestyle swim.
Germain posted a time of 9:59:08 to take home first place.
Mantas Swim Club Head Coach Mark Chantaj tells Mix News it’s always a special opportunity for his swimmers to compete in these marquee competitions.
“We’re around all the best swimmers in the province, so, for them to go to these events, experience success, win medals and come top-ten and top-five in the province – it’s a fantastic display of their development and their improvements from the start of the season.”
A total of seven swimmers from Fort McMurray were in Edmonton for the championships that featured 480 swimmers from all across the province.
Aside from Germain – Maya and Naomi Slee both had fourth-place finishes at events, Anika Ewashko made finals in four of her five races, Hunter Helberg won two bronze in his timed-para events, Alex Karamujic had a pair of top ten finishes and Salime Thibault had a top ten finish despite battling injuries.
Chantaj says the team has made significant strides since 2017.
“Last season, we only had two swimmers qualify to attend and this season we had seven. Last season we earned 41 points, this season we earned 86 points, so again, everything is just going in the right direction in terms of the swim club’s growth.”
He adds all of his swimmers put on a fantastic display this weekend and he couldn’t be more proud of the club’s efforts.