Five medals for Albertan swimmers at 2023 Best Fest Festival


MALLORCA, Spain – From May 27 to June 2, five Albertan swimmers competed at the 2023 Best Fest open water swimming festival. Over the course of the week, Dominik Kwiecien (GPP), Shayne Bowie (EKSC) and Kealeigh McLeod (UCSC) brought home five medals across a variety of events.

Kwiecien captured silver in the 5-km and 10-km events in the elite junior men’s category. In the women’s 5-km, Bowie earned bronze in the elite senior women’s category. Later in the week, Bowie picked up another bronze in the 1.5-km race. At the end of the competition, the two swimmers were both presented with aggregate awards in the senior elite category.

In the elite junior women’s category, McLeod took bronze in the 10-km.

Molly Fleming (KSC) and Torren Vandersteen (OSC) also joined the group of 22 Canadian swimmers competing at the festival.

Best Fest is a seven-day open water event that attracts top elite athletes, up-and-coming junior talent and a diverse range of club and recreational swimmers from around the world.

Swimmers at 2023 Best Fest. Photo courtesy of Kealeigh McLeod.