Month /Mois FEBRUARY
Month Award Theme/ Thème du mois RACING AWARD
Swimmers Name/ Nageur/Nageuse GABRIELE LAGACE
Swimmers Club/ Club AQUA
For the upcoming February nomination I am honored to nominate GABRIEL LAGACE of AQUA.
Gabrièle came into the 2014-2015 season with one very defined goal, that of making the Eastern Championships in Quebec City. Already a well accomplished swimmer, Gabrièle has embraced technical changes to her swimming strokes as she has worked towards gaining every competitive advantage and maximum performance each time she enters the water. Gabrièle having qualified right on the limit in the 50 Fly at East Coast long course last year was told that she must earn one more qualifying time before I would consider sending her to the meet. And to work she went, shaving time of the 50 and 100 Fly, she went into the New Brunswick Short Course Championships just outside of accomplishing her goal with only this meet remaining. To put into context, Gabrièle on January 1st sustained a significant injury to her knee from a fall which limited her training abilities for 3 weeks and then lost the week coming into the meet with the flu. But perseverance and determination dominated, as she would go on to cut 5 seconds from the 200 Fly narrowly missing the cut, and on Sunday she would confidently improve by 2 seconds in the 100 Fly, which more than safely qualified her for the Championship.
Congratulations Gab, I am immensely proud of how you overcame several adversities to go on achieve this significant accomplishment.
Stephen L. Dibblee,
Head Coach – AQUA