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Miko a mighty swimmer

Teenager wins medals at swim meet

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Alexandria Miko made quite a splash at the Golden Plains Invitational Swim Meet.

The meet took place at Pan Am Pool (25 Poseidon Bay) from May 23 to 25. Miko, a 14-year-old student at Westwood Collegiate, swam for the Saint James Seals team.

The young athlete received a gold medal in the 50-metre freestyle and a silver medal in the 100-metre freestyle in the 13- to 14-year-old girls’ category.

Miko also placed eighth in the 200-metre freestyle, eighth in the 100-metre backstroke, ninth in the 400-metre freestyle, 10th in the 100-metre butterfly, sixth in the medley relay race, and fifth in the freestyle relay.

According to Miko’s mom Donna, the Golden Plains meet is a qualifying race in which swimmers must meet a certain time standard in order to compete.

Miko said freestyle is her specialty.

"You have to work on a good kick," Miko said. "If you don’t have a powerful kick then you’re not going to go anywhere. You also have to work on your arm speed, your starts, and your aerodynamics in the water."

One thing Miko said she wants to work on is her endurance for longer races.

"I just want to work on getting my time up because I feel that sometimes I get in a zone and can’t get out of it because I’m comfortable," Miko admitted.

Miko trains every day of the week, dedicating three hours to exercising on dry land.

"CrossFit, endurance training, yoga, stuff like that," Miko listed.

Miko will be participating in the 2014 Manitoba Provincial Long Course Championships, hosted by Swim Manitoba, from June 20 to 22 at Pan Am Pool.

Donna said the swimming season ends in July before training starts again in September.

"Meets will start again in October," Donna said. "So it’s a pretty long season."

For more information about the upcoming provincials, visit http://www.swimmanitoba.mb.ca/mbchamps.aspx


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