Cooper competes with Canada’s best

The Shuswap Swimming Team sent one swimmer to the Swimming Canada Western National Swimming Championships Swim Meet

Top time: Bree Cooper returns from Saskatoon.

Top time: Bree Cooper returns from Saskatoon.

The Shuswap Swimming Team sent one swimmer to the Swimming Canada Western National Swimming Championships Swim Meet held in a 10-lane, 25-metre pool in Saskatoon this past weekend.

Bree Cooper was the lone Shuswap swimmer in attendance at the competition, with hundreds of athletes represented from all over Canada at the competition, right up to and including swimmers who represented Canada at the Commonwealth, Pan Pacific, World Championship and Olympic Games.

Cooper qualified to race at the competition in the 50- metre, and 100-m butterfly, as well as the 50-m freestyle races.

This was Cooper’s second time at this National level competition, and she swam very well as she advanced to the finals in two of her three races.

At the competition, Cooper’s times in the preliminaries of the 50-m and 100-m butterfly races saw her advance to the finals in both races, with her best result from the preliminaries in the 50-m butterfly, where she missed the A final by a mere 1/100th of a second.

In the finals, Cooper ended up in 12th place for the 100-m butterfly, and 13th place for the 50-m butterfly in the 15 and younger aged girls in those events.

This was a great improvement over last season, where Cooper qualified to race in only a single event and did not advance to the finals.

Cooper now looks to the future as she heads to the Swim BC “AAA” Short Course Provincial Championship Swim Meet being held in Victoria on the Feb. 28 to March 3 weekend and looks to perform even faster at the meet, building upon her success at the Western National Championships.

For all of the details from the competition, you can check out the website: http://results.teamunify.com/cansgsc/.