On February 11-12, Winter Nationals hosted by Pentathlon Alberta was run with great success, and participation from many athletes. The results are available here.
Starting out on Saturday evening, the riding event was contested at Country Hills Equestrian Center. With experienced riders taking part in the competition and a clinic, there was also a chance for new riders to take part in an introductory clinic. There was much high quality riding, with top scores and clear rounds recorded by Laura Fraser (Youth A), Bob Noble (Masters), and Joel Riker-Fox (Senior).
Sunday, athletes gathered at the University of Calgary for the three remaining events. First up was the swimming. Martin Gajardo (Junior, CHI) recorded the top male 200m time at 2:05.45. Abby Edison (Youth A) recorded the fastest female 200m time with a swim of 2:16.37 for 278 points.
Up next was the fencing, where athletes competed in one-touch bouts. The top 5 scores on the piste came from:
- Cleo Smith (Youth E): 304
- Gavin Pigott (Youth B): 290
- Martin Gajardo (Junior): 277
- Sydney Lutz (Youth C): 274
- Bob Noble (Masters): 268
Finally, everyone headed up to the Jack Simpson Track at the University for the Laser-Run event, the culmination of the days of competition.
Competing in races of different lengths, there were many best times and strong performances as athletes completed their long day. The top scores in this last event came from Thea Windsor (Youth F, 545 points) and Quinn Schulz (Youth D, 525 points).
Congratulations to all athletes on your great performances and personal bests. Pentathlon Alberta would also like to thank all the parents, volunteers, fans and coaches that helped make this event a success. Days such as this would not be possible without you. Additional thanks to our sponsors: The University of Calgary, Gord's Running Store, Team Aquatics Supplies, Fuel for Gold, and Eco Aims.