SwimBC swimmers continued to dominate at the 2017 Canadian Swimming Championships. Events included the 200m IM, 50m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly, 400m Freestyle, and the 4 x 100m Freestyle relays.
One of the highlights of the evening was Riley McLean’s (KISU, S4) silver medal finish in the men’s S1 to S5 50m Backstroke. He touched in a time of 55.80, which was under the previous Canadian Record time. Congratulations, Riley!
In the women’s 200m IM, Sarah Darcel (ISC) touched in first with a time of 2:12.32 to complete her sweep of the individual medley events. Two of her ISC teammates, Danielle Hanus and Faith Knelson, raced to fifth and sixth place finishes, respectively, in 2:17.11 and 2:18.22. Hillary Metcalfe (LOSC) rounded out the SwimBC heavy final to touch in seventh in 2:18.59. The men’s side featured six SwimBC swimmers. Robert Hill (CHENA) led the way with a silver medal finish with a time of 2:02.93. He was followed closely by his CHENA teammate James Dergousoff, who touched third. Josh Zakala (ISC) touched just out of the medals in fourth place. Zakala was followed by Colin Eriks (UBCD) and Luke Reilly (UBCD), who finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Araya Therrien (UBCD) rounded out the SwimBC finalists with a tenth place finish. Jonathan Dieleman (RAPID, S4) and Riley McLean (KISU, S4) touched first and second in the men’s SM4 150 medley. Amber Thomas (NRST, S11) finished just out of the medals for the S5 to S14 Women’s 200m IM.
The momentum didn’t stop after the 200m IM, as the event changed over to the 50m Backstroke. Ingrid Wilm (UBCD) nabbed the gold on the women’s side in a time 28.32. Danielle Hanus (ISC) finished in fifth with a time of 29.45 and Eloise Ladyman (KCS) rounded out the SwimBC women with a ninth place finish in 30.20 seconds. On the men’s side, Tim Zeng (CHENA) also claimed the gold medal with a time of 25.95. In the very close final, Darian Fry (UBCD) raced to a tenth place finish in a time of 27.20.
The women’s 100m Butterfly featured two Island Swimmers: Sarah Darcel and Jade Hannah. Darcel touched just ahead of her teammate in 1:00.17, just out of the medals in fourth place. Hannah followed less than 0.2 seconds behind in a 1:00.36, which was good enough for fifth place. Josiah Binnema (UBCD) picked up a gold medal in the men’s event with a time of 53.39. He was followed by Nicolaas Dekker (RAPID) who touched in sixth place with 55.16, and Justin Kiedrzyn (HYACK) who slid into seventh place with 55.37. In the women’s S8 to S14 event, Amber Thomas (NRST, S11) touched in sixth place in 1:38.58.
Mackenzie Padington (ISC), fresh off the plane from Budapest for the World Championships, earned the bronze medal in the women’s 400m Freestyle. She stopped the clock in 4:14.98. Her teammate Molly Gowans (ISC) swam to a seventh place finish in 4:21.51. The men’s event was busy for SwimBC teams, with four out of the top ten swimmers being from SwimBC club teams. Jeremy Bagshaw (ISC) led the way with a gold medal finish. Bagshaw clocked a 3:51.69. Colin Gilbert (KCS) claimed the bronze medal with a time of 3:52.73. Josh Zakala (ISC) came fifth with 3:56.42 and Hau-Li Fan (UBCD) rounded out the final in ninth place in 4:00.24.
The night was capped off with the 4 x 100m Freestyle relay for both women and men. On the women’s side, the UBCD team was the only team to crack the top ten. The team of Mackenzie Gunther, Paige Bergen, Ingrid Wilm, and Maia Brundage (UBCD) earned the bronze medal in a time of 3:51.08. Their male counterparts earned the gold. Araya Therrien, Yuri Kisil, Markus Thormeyer, and Darian Fry touched in 3:23.65. The CHENA relay team of James Dergousoff, Benjamin Blackmon, Robert Hill, and Tim Zeng (CHENA) swam to a seventh place finish in 3:31.52.
In team points, UBCD leads the way for not only SwimBC, but Canada in first place with 848 points. Following closely behind in third place is ISC with 718 points. Rounding out the top three for SwimBC is CHENA with 283 points in sixth place.
Congratulations to all of the swimmers, and best of luck with the final day of the competition!