Pisces look to school competition

Justine Guillet loves to play a lot of sports - hockey, soccer, volleyball, and basketball, among them. But her attention on the weekend was focused on the Aquatic Centre's 25-metre lanes where the 13-year-old competed in eight events in the Prince George Pisces Swim Club annual B.C. Summer Swim Association meet. Her favourite event?

"The 100-metre breast stroke because I can sprint the whole time," she said prior to one of her swims in Division 4 girls Saturday.

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"It's easier for me. I like to do track, and play hockey, soccer, volleyball and soccer. Swimming has helped my fitness level in all of my events."

Besides the 100 breast, one event she hoped to excel in was the 100m freestyle.

"I'm hoping for a personal best because I haven't set a PB in it since last summer," she said. "I want to do personal bests all the time."

A total of 114 swimmers, including as many as 50 Pisces, competed against themselves as well as those from Quesnel, Mackenzie, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

The Pisces competitive season begins in May and head coach Kyle Kronebusch said he's seen improvement in everyone in two short months thanks to improvement in their technique.

On of those techniques is improving their head positions in the water so they consistently look down at the bottom of the pool to create more streamlining.

"I feel more in control and my head isn't flailing around," said Guillet.

Erica Rooke, 11, is competing in seven events in Div. 3 girls.

She's had a solid season of posting several personal bests, especially in her favourite, the 100 free.

"It's very challenging," she said. "And it builds up your endurance. It took me a couple of years to get good at it."

The Pisces are competing in a meet in Mackenzie Aug. 8-9. Two weeks later, on Aug. 22-23, they'll wrap up the season with the B.C. Summer Swim Association's provincial championships in Victoria.

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