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Local swimmers compete at provincials

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A couple local swimmers were having a great season in the water, and qualified for winter provincials.
Eddie Boyd and Grady McGougan trained and competed this season with the Stettler Tsunamis Swim Club. They had a great year, and both qualified for the winter provincials.
Eddie had been swimming with the team for two years and qualified for provincials. They were held at the 2024 Winter Festival in Sherwood Park at the end of January.
"He did very well,” said coach Jarek Bursik. “He had personal best in all, he just excelled in that meet.”
Eddie qualified in the backstroke and freestyle.
He explains, to qualify for the provincial competition the swimmer must meet time standards.
Grady also qualified for provincials in his first year with the club. These were in Edmonton in March. He qualified in all the breaststroke distances.
“He did very well. He actually made it to the finals in the provincials. He elevated his personal best even more than he expected himself,” said Coach Bursik.
The swim season continues for Grady as he works his way back to qualify in the provincials coming in June.
Unfortunately, Eddie’s season was cut short due to injury.
Coach Bursik says he enjoys seeing his swimmers compete, improve and have fun.
“We can talk sports and performances, but for me the most meaningful thing is when we are leaving practice or swim meets, they have a smile on their face,” he said.

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