Stromberg swims to five medals
You can take the swimmer out of the province, but you can’t take the provincial championship skills out of the swimmer.
Adam Stromberg proved that as the Fort Frances Aquanaut swam to two golds, two silvers, and a bronze at the annual Man.-Sask. short-course provincial championships in Winnipeg over the weekend.
“He’s really gone to a higher level of swimming.
“He’s getting results that are above his age group right now,” she added.
“He’s getting to where he needs to be to get to that next level.”
Competing in the boys’ age 14-15 division, Stromberg outstretched Stephen Fister of the Saskatoon Goldfins to touch the wall first in the 100m butterfly final to win in a time of 1:01.55 (just ahead of Fister at 1:01.60).
His victory was a little more comfortable in the 50m freestyle final as Stromberg clocked in at 24.89—.44 seconds ahead of Jacob Korpan of the Regina Optimist Dolphins (25.33).
Stromberg appeared to be in good shape for a third gold after finishing first in the preliminary heats for the 100m free in 54.39.
He bettered that mark in the final at 54.04, but was surprised by Simon Meier of the Manta Swim Club in Winnipeg, who shot up from a 55.90 in the heats to a winning time of 52.97 in the final.
Meier also got the better of Stromberg in the 50m breaststroke final, taking the victory in 30.00 seconds flat while Stromberg grabbed silver in 32.33.
And in the 50m fly, Stromberg held firm to his third-place result from the preliminaries, earning bronze with a time of 27.47.
Stromberg rounded out his weekend with a fourth in the 100m breaststroke (1:13.16) and a fifth in the 200m I.M. (2:25.21).
Teammate Josh Cousineau, meanwhile, also did well in Winnipeg—garnering two silvers and a bronze in the boys’ 13-and-under category.
“Josh could have made finals in the next age group up with the times he was getting,” lauded Taylor.
“He’s getting taller and is working on adjusting to his body changes,” she noted.
“His freestyle times weren’t really a surprise but I certainly didn’t think they were going to be as good as they were,” Taylor admitted.
Cousineau took second in the 50m free, clocking in at 28.06 behind Rylan Brunette of the Seals (27.63).
He then matched that feat in the 200m backstroke with a mark of 2:25.64, well back of Dylan Reiber of Saskatoon (2:20.52).
As well, Cousineau was second after the 100m back preliminaries (1:08.95) and improved on time that in the final.
But his clocking of 1:07.93 left him in third place.
Cousineau also slipped a spot in the 50m back—placing third in the heats (32.75) but settling for fourth in the final (32.70).
He rounded out his weekend with a seventh in the 200m I.M. (2:36.85), an eighth in the 100m fly (1:03.95), and a 20th-place showing in the 50m fly (35.42).
The weekend also saw the return of Aquanaut alumnus Donovan Taylor, who currently is competing for NCAA Division I powerhouse Indiana University—although not for much longer.
Coach Taylor said her son, in his sophomore season, will make a decision on transferring by week’s week.
His choice has come down to either Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), a sister school to both Indiana and Purdue University (Lafayette, Ind.), or the University of South Dakota.
Taylor’s top performance in the boys’ 16-and-over division at Man.-Sask. came in the 50m fly with a bronze-medal time of 25.72.
He just missed the podium in the 200m I.M. by coming in fourth in 2:10.68.
Taylor also had a pair of fifths in the 200m fly (2:11.88) and 400m I.M. (4:42.95), an eighth in the 400m free (4:19.84), and 14th in the 100m free (55.59).
“He put on a few pounds and is out of shape after not having trained for the past two-and-a-half months,” Dawnn Taylor noted.
“He wasn’t excellently prepared and I didn’t expect him to be at the top of his game, but he still came out with a medal,” she added.
The Aquanauts will wrap up the short-course season (i.e., 25-metre pools) at the Northwestern Ontario Open hosted by the Kenora Swimming Sharks from April 11-13.
Then they’ll head into the springtime long-course season (50-metre pools).