Team Canada synchro hopeful wins big in speed swimming

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Kimberly Poitras, formerly of Slave Lake, is taking the swimming world by storm. She started swimming very young, but this year with Team Canada sychro tryouts she didn’t have time to train for speed swimming. Even with this disadvantage, she won or placed second in all her races during the Alberta Summer Swimming Association speed swimming provincials.

“She truly just loves the water,” says her mother Trisha Poitras.

Kimberly is 15. She does synchronized swimming during the year and speed swim in the summer. She started at age four. For 10 years, she was a member of the Slave Lake Sharks. The last five years, she swam with Edmonton Huma. Last year and going forward, she attends boarding school in Calgary and trains and competes in sychro there. She still swam with Huma in the summer.

At the provincial championship, Kimberly won the 17 & U trophy for Female High Point Winner. Her team had the third most points overall at the meet.

In the provincial championship on August 16, Kimberly set two ASSA provincial records. One in the G 15 -17 200 Free Final which she swam in 2 minutes 12.17 seconds. The other was for the G 17&U 1500 Free Finals with a time of 18 minutes 14.76 seconds. This was the third time this season she broke the 1500 Free provincial record. Earlier in the season, she set the Girls 15 – 17 200 Free record.

She also won the G15-17 800 Free and placed second in the G 15-17 100 Free.

She holds four ASSA provincial records, but has won more in the past.

Kimberly set her first ASSA provincial record in 2016 for the Girls 11&12 100 Fly. In 2017, she set a Girls 14 & U record for the 800 Free. These records have been broken.

In 2018, she set and broke a record for the Girls 14&U 800 Free, which still stands.

Kimberly won or placed second in all of her individual races. She also won the G15-17 800 Free and placed second in the G 15-17 100 Free. The 100 Free, 200 Free, and 1500 Free were also personal bests for Kimberly.

In relays, she and her team won the 17 & U 200 MR Club Relay finals and placed second in the 17&U 200 Free Club finals.

Kimberly also won the 17 & U trophy for Female High Point Winner. Her team had the third most points overall at the meet.

Alberta Summer Swimming Association season is four weeks. Kimberly rejoined her speed team, just as competitions started. The day after competitions ended, she was back in Calgary at synchro practice.

Kimberly doesn’t choose between the sports, Trisha says. She does both.

Kimberly Poitras with her speed swimming trophy for 17 & U Female High Point Winner.

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