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Estevan-area athletes impress at Sask. Winter Games

Team South East finished with 20 medals at the games.
Artistic swimmers included, from left, Sasha Mantei, Lily Popescu, Ella Leko, Ava Allen, Payton Caldwell and Marley Kradovill.

REGINA - It was a successful week in Regina for many Estevan-area athletes during the 2023 Saskatchewan Winter Games.

In artistic swimming, Team South East won the gold medal for their routine. Team members included Ava Allen of Midale, Sasha Mantei, Sierra Mantei, Rowyn Shier and Isabelle Pyra of Estevan, and several swimmers from Weyburn.

They had the top preliminary round score of 58.2213, and the best final round score of 58.5147.

In the A-flight solo, Rowyn Shier was fourth with a championship score of 53.6603. Isabelle Pyra finished fourth in the B flight with a championship score of 52.3257 and Sierra Mantei was seventh with a championship score of 49.5727.

In the B final for duets, Ava Allen and Sasha Mantei were second with a championship score of 55.6479.

In weightlifting, Alix Rae won a gold medal in the female 45-kilogram event. She had a 31 in the clean and jerk and a 24 in the snatch for a total score of 55.

Kirsten Cathy East of Carlyle won a silver medal in 76-plus kilogram female weightlifting. She had a 55 in the clean and jerk and a 44 in the snatch, for a total of 99. Talen Pinacie-Littlechief of the White Bear First Nations won silver in the female 71-kilogram event, with a 35 in the clean and jerk and a 29 in the snatch for a 64 total.

In figure skating, two Estevan figure skaters won medals in the juvenile Star 8 free skate. Rachel Duncan won silver with a score of 25.36 and Sydney Brooks was third with a 21.46.

Magdalena Szlapacka was eighth in the pre-juvenile free skate and Mackenzie Bohn was 14th in pre-novice free skate with a score of 30.48. Ashley Piper of Estevan was among the coaches.

In table tennis, numerous southeast athletes were entered. Carter Morrison of Carlyle won the bronze medal in junior male singles. Morrison went 3-0 in the round robin to reach the medal round and didn’t lose a set. He then went 0-2 in the medal round and brought home the bronze.

Team South East won bronze in team junior male.

Others competing were: Leif Clark of Stoughton was fifth in cadet male singles;  Erica Gener of Estevan was sixth in cadet female singles; Tenley Clements of Stoughton was sixth in junior female singles; Bailey Baumgartner of Stoughton was seventh in cadet female singles; Mala Wilson of Stoughton was seventh in junior female singles; Easton Berner of Stoughton was eighth in junior male singles; Hannah Mercer of Estevan was eighth in junior female singles;  Kierra Grace Goudy of Stoughton was ninth in cadet female singles; Conner Mercer of Estevan was ninth in cadet male singles; Madison Lee Richaud of Forget was ninth in junior female singles; Kaden Piper of Stoughton was ninth in junior male singles; and Kruz Brigden of Stoughton was 11th in cadet male singles;

The female curling team, comprised of Kristen Carlson and Malina Stead of Estevan, and Heidi and May Fradette of Lake Alma, finished fourth. They went 3-0 in the round robin, but then lost both of their games in the medal round.

Their coach was Pauline Ziehl Grimsrud of Estevan.

In wrestling, Avery Barnett of Carlyle was fourth in the 61-kilogram female event, and Kohen Brownridge of Arcola was seventh in the 38-43-kilogram male competition.

The Special Olympics bowling team included Sarah Henry and Cynthia Goudy of Estevan. They finished sixth in the co-ed competition. Henry was 14th overall in the female division, while Goudy was 18th.

Indiana Froese of Estevan was part of the South East entry that finished eighth in the five-on-five futsal event. This was the first year for futsal, which has similarities to indoor soccer.

In gymnastics, two Estevan athletes competed. Heidi Byers was 35th in female all-around artistic gymnastics and Eliza Gall was 41st.

Team South East finished with 20 medals overall, including five gold, seven silver and eight bronze.