(photo courtesy of  Jen May)

Four members of the Kenora Swimming Sharks swam in the 2012 Speedo Western Canadian Championships in the Pan-Am pool over the weekend. For three of the four, Alex Olson, Kira Kuzemchuk and Bryce Jones -- all 14 years old -- it was their first time competing against top swimmers from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan , Manitoba and Ontario, all in one place.

Michelle Balcaen, at 17, the team's veteran swimmer, qualified for finals in 2 events, the 50 Free and the 100 Fly. She finished 5th in the 50 Free, and gained 14 points for the team.

Future meets on the calendar include: the Ontario Age Group Championships in Etobicoke March 1-4,  the Manitoba Junior and 10 & Under Provincial Championships March 2-4 and the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Championships March 15 - 18.

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