Championship Success: Goldfins Earn 3 Bronze Medals!

March 26, 2024


The Saskatoon Goldfins Swim Club achieved remarkable success at the 2024 Speedo Western Championships held in Winnipeg, MB from March 21 to 24, 2024. Abby Gebhardt shattered the longstanding Female Open 100M Breaststroke Long Course Club record set in 2013 with a remarkable time of 1:13.28, securing the Bronze medal in the Women’s 16 & Over category. Additionally, Abby clinched another Bronze medal in the 50M Breaststroke event with a time of 33.39.
Notably, Keiran Dyck also made a mark at this prestigious Canadian championship by claiming the Bronze medal in the Men’s 14 – 16 YR 400M Freestyle event with a time of 4:06.75.

At this championships swim meet, the Goldfins were represented by 14 swimmers: Sami Benning, Keiran Dyck, Abby Gebhardt, Nicole Godbout, Avery Houle, Claire Huber, Ian Genest, Holden Lees, Isabel Magus, Rebeka Mourre, Andrew Nghiem, Obi Nguyen, Jaclyn Szutiak, and BryceTierney.

Head Coach Steven Hitchings expressed his reflections on the team's recent successful participation. "Our weekend in Winnipeg for the Western Canadian Championships was truly exceptional," Hitchings remarked. He highlighted the swimmers' remarkable performances, achieving personal bests in multiple relays, setting a new Club record, and showcasing outstanding results in various events. Noteworthy achievements include Abby Gebardt and Keiran Dyck's podium finishes in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke, as well as the 400m Freestyle, marking the team's first medals post-pandemic. The camaraderie and mutual support demonstrated among team members during the event were particularly gratifying to witness.


Goldfins posted 11 personal bests while scoring 203 points: finishing 20th in the team standings.  

Top 3 Goldfins Point Scorers:

Keiran Dyck                       89 Points

Aby Gebhardt                     45 Points

Holden Lees                       27 Points


Congratulations to the Goldfins who achieved Top 8 finishes!


Keiran Dyck                       200M Freestyle – 5th Place

                                           1500M Freestyle – 7th Place

                                           400M IM – 5th Place

                                           400M Freestyle – Bronze Medal

                                           200M IM – 6th Place


Abby Gebhardt                   100M Breaststroke – Bronze Medal

                                             50M Breaststroke – Bronze Medal


Holden Lees                       200M Breaststroke – 6th Place

                                           100M Breaststroke – 5th Place


Bryce Tierney                     200M Backstroke – 5th Place



Top 3 Most Improved Goldfins Events:

Isabel Magus                     200M Freestyle (Relay Leg)   “-10.99”         7.5% Improvement

Keiran Dyck                       1500M Freestyle                     “-30.99”         3.0% Improvement

Nicole Godbout                  100M Freestyle (Relay Leg)   “-  1.56”         2.4% Improvement


Goldfins achieved the following NEW Qualifying Time Standards:

Canadian Swimming Trials

Keiran Dyck                       1500M Freestyle

Isabel Magus                      50M Freestyle


Canadian Swimming Championships

Holden Lees                       100M Breaststroke


Canadian Junior Championships:

Keiran Dyck                        200M & 1500M Freestyle

Isabel Magus                     50M Freestyle


Saskatchewan Senior Provincial Championships:

Isabel Magus                     200M Freestyle


The Saskatoon Goldfins swimmers and coaches would like to thank Kae-Lynn Gebhardt for serving as team manager this competition. 


The Goldfins swimmers will be back in action at the Marlins Spring Icebreaker Open Developmental Meet – April 6 & 7, 2024 – Swift Current, SK.