Slices and Swimming: Made for an Epic Night of Racing!

March 25, 2024

The Saskatoon Goldfins Swim Club splashed into action with the second Little Caesars Fun Meet of the 2024 swim season on Friday, March 22, 2024, at the Shaw Centre in Saskatoon, SK. This event was a whirlwind of excitement, featuring races for the Junior Goldfins swimming lesson crew and the heart-pounding Friday Night at the Races competition for the Goldfins competitive squad. With 102 Junior Goldfins swimmers and 39 competitive Goldfins making waves in 14 thrilling events, the pool was bubbling with energy. The Goldfins crew clocked an impressive 327 personal best times, making waves and winning bell heats left and right!

Congratulations to the Junior Goldfins and Goldfins competitive swimmers who posted 100% personal best times: Enioluwa Agbejule, Erioluwa Agbejule, Inioluwa Agbejule, Kiarash Aminaie, Quinn Anholt, Adelaide Bartlett, Emily Berscheid, Cori Biberdorf, Kasey Biberdorf, Isabella Billesberger, Leander Billesberger, Evelyn Bourassa, Briana Boyko, Jake Brookman, Will Callahan,Tessa Diaz Donovan, Cohen Dickson, Victoria Dickson, Robyn Diederichs, Elizabeth Dubasov Gerow, Kamlyn Dyck, James Ellis, Jacob Findlay, Noah Findlay, Zeyah Flemming, Alice Fu, Chole Gadon, Leo Genest, Oliver Genest, Claire Gerich, David Goncharov, Steven Goncharov, Sidney Goodwin, Summer Grajo, Olive Gregoire, Summer Gullacher, Theresa Gunn, Freya Halfinger, Sawyer Hankewich, Everly Haver, Scarlett Highway, Leilani Hitchings, Ellison Jana, Harriette Kastanya-Pappas, Adalyn Kent, Ariah Kent-Rodgman, Charlotte Koroll, Ronan Lange, Erik Larson, Hannah Larson, Ha Le, Zoe Liakopoulos, Hansen Liu, Anjubelle Lombard, Blake Mah, Elliotte Mah, Rory Mah, Magali Marchildon, Elizabeth McIntyre, Nora McKnight, Kaebri McLachlan, Emma Miller, Peyton Mol, Stella Moore, Atticus Mowat, Viet Tri Nguyen, Kellen Nolan, Eigen Pascua, Patrick Pederson, Mika Petilos, Stone Phippard, Keeli Pocock, John Preiss,  Zachary Rans, London Ratzlaff,  Ethan Rieger, Remy Ruan, Alice Saganski, Owen Saganski, Phillip Shorte, Nikolas Shulzhenko, Spencer Stebanuk, Abigail Takagi, Aiden Tandukar, Presley Taylor, Tyler Tse, Liam Veikle, Reese Veikle, Virdi Simrin, Yvonne Walz, Frank Wang, Winnie White, Cooper Wilson, Manny Wilson, Oliver Wruck, Sebastian Wruck, Leia Xiang, Isaac Xie, Ethan Zbytovsky, Isabella Zhang, and Neva Zimmer.

Top 3 Most Improved Junior Goldfins Bronze Group Events:

Spencer Stebanuk                   25 Backstroke                         “-53.28”           59.5% Improvement

Leander Billesberger              25 Backstroke             “-53.76”           53.9% Improvement

Owen Saganski                       25 Freestyle Kick             “-36.28”           48.3% Improvement


Top 3 Most Improved Junior Goldfins Silver Group Events:

Yvonne Walz                          25 Backstroke             “-23.02”          38.4% Improvement

Alice Saganski                        25 Backstroke             “-19.22”   35.2% Improvement

Viet Tri Nguyen                      50 Freestyle                “-14.85”   32.5% Improvement


Top 3 Most Improved Junior Goldfins Gold Group Events:

Nikolas Shulzhenko                50 Backstroke                         “-58.13”          52.6% Improvement

Nikolas Shulzhenko                100 Freestyle             “-53.44”          33..1% Improvement

Cooper Wilson                        50 Freestyle Kick            “-26.32”          29.0% Improvement


Top 3 Most Improved Goldfins Competitive Group Events:

Oliver Wruck                          50 Freestyle                “-21.04”          40.1% Improvement

Mika Petilos                            50 Fly                          “-28.38”          35.8% Improvement

Ethan Zbytovsky                     50 Freestyle                “-16.43”          34.6% Improvement



Top 3 Results from the Little Caesars 2024 Winter Fun Meet/Goldfins Friday Night at the Races:

50M Freestyle Demonstration Event: Noah Findlay – 1st, Sebastian Wruck – 2nd, Atticus Mowat – 3rd

100M Freestyle: Nikolas Shulzhenko – 1st, Charlotee Koroll – 2nd, Aishleen Mundi – 3rd

25M Freestyle: Simrin Virdi – 1st, Ellie Jana – 2nd, Leander Billesberger – 3rd

50M Freestyle: Stella Moore – 1st, Neva Zimmer – 2nd, Alice Fu – 3rd

50M Fly: Sidney Goodwin – 1st, Enioluwa Agbejule – 2nd, Cohen Veikle – 3rd

50M Backstroke Demonstration Event: Oliver Genest – 1st, Ethan Rieger – 2nd, Kellen Nolan – 3rd

50M Backstroke: Nikolas Shulzhenko – 1st, Jasper Latus – 2nd, Kaebri McLachlan – 3rd

25M Backstroke (Silver): Neva  Zimmer – 1st, Alice Fu – 2nd, Sawyer Hankewich – 3rd

25M Backstroke (Bronze): Simrin Virdi – 1st, Summer Gullacher – 2nd, Everly Haver – 3rd

50M Breaststroke: An Nguyen – 1st, Cohen Veikle – 2nd, Enioluwa Agbejule – 3rd

25M Freestyle Kick: Simrin Virdi – 1st, Ellie Jana – 2nd, Aiden Tandukar – 3rd

50M Freestyle Kick (Gold): Cora Giblin – 1st, Nikolas Shulzhenko – 2nd, Isaac Xie – 3rd

50M Freestyle Kick (Silver): Liam Veikle – 1st, Alice Fu – 2nd, Stella Moore – 3rd

50M Freestyle Kick (White 3/Blue 12): Presley Taylor – 1st, Sidney Goodwin – 2nd, Jacob Findlay – 3rd



Competitive swimmers aren't just in it to win it or beat their own records; they're also chasing after those elusive provincial time standards tailored to their age group. It's like a personal scoreboard to measure progress and see where they stand among the swimming champs across the province. And guess what? Some swimmers just aced those unofficial provincial time standards!

Swim Saskatchewan AA Short Course Provincial Time Standards:

Ethan Zbytovsky                     50 Freestyle

Oliver Wruck                          50 Freestyle

Inioluwa Agbejule                  50 Freestyle

Oliver Genest                          50 Backstroke


Swim Saskatchewan A Short Course Provincial Time Standards:

Cori Biberdorf                        50 Freestyle

Reese Veikle                           50 Freestyle

Kamlyn Dyck                          50 Freestyle

Sidney Goodwin                     50 Fly

Enioluwa Agbejule                 50 Fly, 50 Breaststroke

Phillip Shorte                          50 Backstroke

Briana Boyko                          50 Backstroke

Kasey Biberdorf                     50 Backstroke

Ethan Rieger                           50 Backstroke

Kellen Nolan                           50 Backstroke


*The Little Caesars Fun Meets/Friday Night at the Races are non-sanctioned swim meets.  Therefore, results are compared to swimmers' previous bests that are logged in the Goldfins Swim  Test Database.



Congratulations to the Winter Fun Meet Door Prize Winners:

Bronze: Winnie White

Silver: Abigail Takagi

Gold: Harrison Bruce



The Saskatoon Goldfins would like to sincerely thank the 2023 – 2024 Fun Meet sponsor – Little Caesars Pizza.  Lana Makari and her Little Caesars team family generously provided pizza and sweet treats for over 200 swimmers, volunteers and coaches after the meet.

The donation of this delicious pizza and desserts capped off an amazing evening of competition.  Young swimmers demonstrated their competitive swimming skills that they will continue to develop in the Junior Goldfins – Learn to Race Program.  The Goldfins’ Coaching Staff would like to congratulate the swimmers for dedicated practice of these skills and of their improved racing tactics. 

The Saskatoon Goldfins would like to thank all the volunteers, coaches, and swimmers for their tremendous efforts in ensuring these Fun Meets continue to be a remarkable success.   A special thanks to the Senior Goldfins Officials: Ryan Lejbak and Randall Keays – Meet Referees, Rachel Boyko – Starter, Stephanie Peachey – Clerk of Course, Recorder/Scorer – Tori Veikle, Kendra Smith & Kelli Keays – Clock, Tracey Kennedy – Chief Judge of Electronics, Ryan MacGillivrary – Chief Finish Judge and to Kelly Kozak for coordinating the officials.

Little Caesars 2024 Winter Fun Meet/FNR Results

Please note that the Junior Goldfins Program will be taking a break over the Easter Holiday Season – Friday, March 29 – April 4, 2024.  Lessons will resume on Friday, April 5, 2024.

The Goldfins Swim Club will be breaking over the Easter Weekend.  There will be NO training held on Friday, March 29 – Monday, April 1, 2024.  The regular Goldfins competitive training schedule will resume on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.