Flying Fins medal at Man/Sasks

Elyssa Tacchi swims the breaststroke during a recent training session.

The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins might have found themselves taking to the pool against older and more experienced competition at the Manitoba/Saskatchewan AA provincial championships recently, but that didn’t stop them from once again bringing home plenty of hardware.
The local team brought home a total of seven medals from the event, with Elyssa Tacchi winning gold in the 14-and-under girls’ 50-metre breaststroke and silver in the 100m breaststroke while Danael Liew claimed silver in the 13-and-under boys 50m breast. Cadence Johns won four medals, all bronze in the 14-and-under girls 200m individual medley, 100m backstroke and 200m back and 400 IM.
“We had some really good results, it was some really high level competition, there are swimmers from western Canada and Ontario there, over 440 swimmers and very high level swimming,” said Fins coach Gord Shields. “Some of our girls — Elizabeth Murphy, Reese Koch and Cadence Johns — just aged up to the 13-14 age group, so to see those kinds of performances aging up only a couple months ago, those are some fantastic results.”
Tacchi’s performances were especially impressive, especially in light of the level of competition she’ll be taking on in the near future
“That was an outstanding swim, especially to win the gold medal there,” Shields said. “There’s no 50-breast at the junior nationals but there is at the Canada Games, so I’m hoping that’ll be a really strong swim for her there and she’ll get in the finals and possibly on the podium there.
“A lot of our swimmers, Danael and Cadence and Reese (Koch) and Elyssa, they’re the top swimmers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and even though the competition was so tough, they still swam really well.”
Quinn Barber, Chloe Johns and Elizabeth Murphy also took swam at Man/Sasks, where just having the chance to take to the pool at that level of meet is an exceptional result.
“There’s still a lot of great potential there,” Shields said. “A year from now they’ll go back in July and they’ll be swimming in the same age group and they’ll see some outstanding results because they’ll be
in the same age group and they’ll be at the top of their game.
“So the future is definitely bright.”