Swimmers with the Ponoka Pool Sharks pose during a swim meet at MacEwan University’s Penguin Sprint Series. Swimmer Isaac Froese qualified for two provincials events: 50m freestyle and the 50m breaststroke. Photo submitted

Ponoka Pool Sharks busy with swim meets

The club is preparing for its big Feb. 14 swim challenge

The Ponoka Ponoka Pool Sharks swim club has been having a good season.

The 29 registered swimmers took part in their most recent swim meet Jan. 19 in Edmonton at MacEwan University’s Penguin Sprint Series.

Every Ponoka swimmer attending achieved multiple best times.

Swimmer Isaac Froese qualified for the Alberta provincials achieving a well-deserved two Alberta Time Standards in both the 50m freestyle and the 50m breaststroke events. Provincials are being held in Calgary, March 1 to 3.

Upcoming for the club is a swim meet at the Red Deer Catalina Valentines Invitational, Feb 9 and 10.

But the big event for the club this year, and every year, is its annual Sharks Swim Challenge at the Ponoka Aquaplex. Set for Feb. 14, the challenge is to swim either 200 laps or for two straight hours, whichever comes first.

This is one of those challenges that swimmers rise to the challenge with the returning swimmers looking to beat their previous record.

The club is made up of the Hammerheads and Blue Tigers, which are mainly beginners; Tiger is the club’s intermediate group, and Great White and Great Grey are the club’s advanced levels.

Depending on their level, kids swim for an hour and a half, anywhere from one to four times a week.

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Swimmers with the Ponoka Pool Sharks take a break and visit Jan. 19 at MacEwan University’s Penguin Sprint Series. Every swimmer reached personal bests at this meet with one qualifying for two provincials events. Photo submitted

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