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Creel and Jacks Win Gold in Calgary

On day one of the 2003 Canada West Swimming Championships the Vikes walked away with three medals.

Leading the way was third year swimmer David Creel who won the gold medal in the mens 1500 freestyle in time of 15:38.48. Creel pulled away from two UofC swimmers over the back half of the race to claim the CW title.

Following Creel's inspirational swim was Jesse Jacks in the mens 50 metre butterfly. Jacks won the gold with a great second 25 in a time of 25.16. Watch for Jacks in the 100 and 200 butterfly later in the weekend.

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PCS Individual Medley Turn Camp

Pacific Coast Swimming will be offering an IM turn camp on January 26, 2003 from 8:00am to 11:00am at UVic McKinnon Pool.

This camp will emphasis all the turns in an Individual Medley. With a minimum of five coaches on hand and numerous Senior National and International swimmers assisting, there will be a very low athlete to coach ratio. Video taping will take place and verbal feedback will be provided.

This camp is open to all swimmers who wish to improve the speed and efficiency of their IM.

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Christmas Cracker a Success

The inaugural PCS Christmas Cracker swim meet went off without a hitch over the weekend. Teams from the Island as well as the Lower Mainland region took part in the meet. Special thanks to all volunteers who helped out and made the event such a success.

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Stamhuis and Lacroix Earn Swimming Gold at US Open

From Swimming Canada

MINNEAPOLIS - Audrey Lacroix of Montreal earned her second gold medal in two days while John Stamhuis of Victoria posted his first career international victory Saturday to conclude the U.S. Open swimming championships.

Silver medals were also won by Mike Mintenko of Vancouver in the 100 freestyle and Rick Say of Calgary in the 1,500 freestyle. Canadian swimmers ended the three-day meet with eight gold, five silver and four bronze.

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Stamhuis Wins US Open Gold

Minneapolis, Minnesota - PCS swimmer John Stamhuis won his first international gold medal at the 2002 US Open. John led the race from the start to pick up the gold medal in a time of 2:18.12. Stamhuis led a Canadian sweep of the event as his Pan Pacific Games teammates Mike Brown and Chad Thomsen joined him on the podium. Way to go John!!!

In other events on the final day of competition Christin Petelski was 6th in the women's 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:34.75 and Jesse Jacks was 4th in the 200 butterfly in 2:04.26.

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Petelski 6th in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota - PCS swimmer and Canadian National Team Veteran Christin Petelski placed 6th in the women's 100 breaststroke on the first day of competition at the 2002 U.S. Open Championships. Petelski posted a time of 1:12.28 and was the top Canadian in the event. Competition continues through Saturday.

For full results please visit U.S. Swim

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Officials Clinics Now Being Offered

The Pacific Coast Swimming Parents and Swimming Association is pleased to host the following officials clinics. (Click on the link below to download the information in PDF format)

Timers Clinic - Thursday December 12th
Clerk of Course Clinic - Friday December 13th

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PCS Sweep Open Water Awards

Edmonton - The best and brightest of Canada's swimming world were honored during the final day of competition at the 2002 Canadian Open Swimming Championships and PCS was front and center. The 2001 - 2002 Canadian Long Distance Swimmer and Coach of the Year awards were all awarded to swimmers from Victoria's Pacific Coast Swimming. Winning the female Long Distance Swimmer of the Year was Karley Stutzel while her PCS teammate Dave Creel won the men's award. PCS Head Coach, Ron Jacks, was named Canada's Long Distance Coach of the Year.

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PCS Swimmers Earn Hardware at SC Nationals

Edmonton - Three PCS Swimmers won medals at the 2002 Canadian Open Swimming Championships in Edmonton, Alberta this past weekend. David Creel led the way winning a silver medal on day one in the 800 freestyle and then claiming the bronze in the 1500 freestyle on the final day of the competition. Jesse Jacks won a bronze medal for the 100 butterfly while Philip Weiss won a bronze in the 200 butterfly. Jacks used a great last 25 meters to claim the bronze medal over a number of the countries best butterfly swimmers.

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Creel Wins First PCS National Medal

Edmonton - Pacific Coast Swimming's David Creel won the silver medal in the men's 800 freestyle on the first day of the 2002 Canadian Open Swimming Championships. This was the first medal won by a PCS swimmer at a National Championships, but will certainly not be the last. In a tight race for the silver medal Creel held off challenges from two swimmers over the final two hundred meters to post a personal best time of 8:07.20. Creel will be looking for more medals in the 400 and 1500 freestyle races later in the weekend.

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