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Charleswood swimmer earns $1,000

Athlete returns to swimming after two-month break

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A Charleswood resident swam her way to $1,000.

Kendra Garagan, a 21-year-old University of Manitoba student, received a $1,000 scholarship from Sport Manitoba. She is one of 15 student athletes that received the Manitoba Foundation for Sports scholarships. Eight high school students received scholarships of $500 each, and seven university students received scholarships of $1,000 each.

Receiving the scholarship made Garagan feel proud.

"I worked really hard to be able to apply for things like that, and it was really good to be recognized with the other athletes," Garagan said.

Garagan has been swimming since she was in Grade 1. After seeing her older cousin swim, she jumped into the sport, since she had always liked being in the water. Garagan eventually found swimming lessons too boring, and wanted a challenge. That’s when she decided to swim competitively.

"It’s really fun. You get close to your teammates, and it keeps you really busy. It’s a chance to work out and have fun," Garagan said.

Garagan recently returned to swimming after a two-month break. She started to swim with the University of Manitoba Bisons swim team at the beginning of the school year, adding that getting back into the swing of things was challenging after the two-month hiatus.

"I’ve been training, and I work out at the Reh-Fit Centre," Garagan said. "Next year, I’ll be back on the varsity team."

In high school, Garagan was a distance freestyler. Now, with the Bisons, Garagan’s main specialty is the 200 IM (individual medley).

"IM is all four strokes in one race: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle," Garagan explained. "If it’s a 200 IM, then it’s 50 yards of each stroke."

Garagan wants to swim competitively once she’s out of school, but is unsure if that’s going to be a concrete plan in her future.

"I am studying business right now. I love marketing, so I hope to major in that," Garagan said.

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