Jayla Koleyak maintains a steady pace in the 100m breaststroke Dec. 7 and finished with a gold medal winning time of two minutes, 16.32 seconds for her age group. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Pool Sharks Cookie Classic a monsterous success

Annual invitational swim meet about reaching swimmers potential

The Ponoka Aquaplex was overflowing with cookie monsters over the weekend.

On Dec. 7 and 8, the Ponoka Pool Sharks hosted its annual Cookie Classic meet. Joining them were clubs from Cold Lake, Athabasca, Stettler, Barrhead, Rocky Mountain House, Edson, Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Edmonton.

The annual meet puts boys and girls together in their age categories, challenging them to not only do their best, but to try for new personal best times in various distances and strokes — including the butterfly, breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and the individual medley (IM).

“The nine clubs had a total of 147 swimmers competing, with 11 of Ponoka’s contingent of 29 competing for the first time,” said Sharks head coach Bobbi-Jo Christensen.

“Our swimmers did an excellent job, with 80 per cent of them being able to put up a new personal best time in various events.”

She added that the brother and sister pair of Isaac and Anna Froese took on the pack in their respective 16-and-over age category on Dec. 8 and swam off with gold in the Eliminator competition.


For the Sharks, there were many swimmers that set multiple personal best times.

On the boys side, Andrew Brackenbury had three — 25m backstroke, 25m and 50m breaststroke; Zachary Dux (3) — 25m and 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke; Isaac Froese (5) — 200m and 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke and breaststroke, 200m IM; Graysen Jorgenson (5) — 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m and 200m IM; Connor McDonald (6) — 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 50m backstroke, 100m IM.

On the girls side, Kailyn Bartley had two — 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke; Anna Frose (2) — 100m breastroke, 400m freestyle; Dyllan Gravelle (4) — 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 400m freestyle; Katence Huseby (3) 25m and 50m freestyle, 25m backstroke; Calah Jorgenson (6) — 50 and 100m freestyle, 25m breaststroke and butterfly, 50m backstroke, 100m IM; Hannah Jorgenson (3) — 100m IM, 25m butterfly and breaststroke; Jayla Koleyak (4) — 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 25m breaststroke and butterfly; Ainsley McArthur (4) — 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m breaststroke; Addison Saunders (3) — 200m freestyle and IM, 100m breaststroke; Vanessa Vasseur (6) — 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 100m IM; Jill Waddell (2) — 100m IM and breaststroke; Jory Waddell (4) — 50m and 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke and IM; Taya Windsor (2) — 50m backstroke, 1oom IM.

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Jayla Koleyak maintains a steady pace in the 100m breaststroke Dec. 7 and finished with a gold medal winning time of two minutes, 16.32 seconds for her age group. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Jill Waddell pushes hard in the 100m breaststroke Dec. 7, coming up with a time of one minute, 46.68 seconds. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Ainsley McArthur picked up a silver medal in her age category in the 100m breaststroke Dec. 7 with a time of one minute, 50.93 seconds and got a cookie for setting a new personal best. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

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