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Women’s 4x200 relay adds to medal collection

August, 22, 2014

GOLD COAST, Australia – Canada captured a medal for the second straight night at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Friday.

The women’s 4x200-metre freestyle relay team of Brittany MacLean, Samantha Cheverton, Alyson Ackman and Emily Overholt finished third behind USA and Australia in a time of 7:58.03. The girls were all smiles after adding a bronze medal to the silver they won at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, last month.

“I think we all just are having a great time and we’re here to race for Canada and we’re trying to put up the best swims we can. It wasn’t our fastest time but definitely for us to get another medal at an international competition is a big deal. We’re excited for the future of this relay team,” said MacLean, who also won 800-m freestyle bronze Thursday.

Cheverton was also part of the 4x200 relay that won bronze at the 2010 Pan Pacs in Irvine, Calif. She was impressed with the way her new teammates battled through the cold, rainy conditions, and in particular how Ackman (100-m freestyle) and Overholt (400-m IM) turned around quickly after swimming other events earlier in the night.

“To get bronze again with three new girls is awesome,” Cheverton said. “To come off our swim at Commonwealth Games and back it up with another great swim, especially after having some tough doubles tonight and less than perfect conditions, we’re really happy to get bronze.”

Canada had X individual A finalists in action Friday

Overholt came sixth in the 400-m individual medley earlier in the evening in a time of 4:41.64. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Vancouver was seventh in 4:45.45.

In other A finals action, Chantal Van Landeghem of the High Performance Centre – Ontario swam her second personal best of the day (54.55) to finish fifth in the 100-m freestyle.

“That was the goal coming in, so considering the weather and everything I was glad I was able to get a personal best tonight,” the Winnipeg native said. “The atmosphere is amazing, swimming is such a big deal down here so it was great to feel that excitement and just the energy tonight.”

Montreal’s Victoria Poon was close behind in sixth at 54.82.

Edmonton’s Richard Funk was sixth in the men’s 100-m breaststroke with a personal best of 1:00.36.

In the women’s 100-m breaststroke, Kierra Smith of Kelowna, B.C., came seventh, matching her personal best from Commonwealth Games at 1:08.49. Martha McCabe of the High Performance Centre – Ontario continued her return to form with an eighth-place finish at 1:08.96. That was the best time this year for McCabe, who lost several weeks of training to a stress fracture in her clavicle earlier this season.

Luke Reilly of the High Performance Centre – Vancouver was eighth in men’s 400-m IM at 4:21.96.

Complete results available at:

(Reposted from the Swimming Canada website)


Canada off to solid start at Pan Pacs 

August, 21, 2014

GOLD COAST, Australia – Canada won two medals as the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships opened on a chilly Thursday evening in Gold Coast, Australia. 

Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., continued her outstanding 2014, once again lowering her national record to win bronze in the 800-metre freestyle. MacLean's time of 8:20.02 was good for third place in the 16-lap race behind American Katie Ledecky and New Zealand's Lauren Boyle.

It’s the second Canadian record in less than a month for MacLean, whose previous best of 8:20.91 won her bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“I’ve never done two events at such a high level back to back like this and I’ve also never really swam outside in this kind of cold and this late at night,” MacLean said. “I was really happy with the way it went at Commonwealths and I loved getting to stand on the podium so that was my big goal coming into tonight. For me to go a best time and new Canadian record is even better, I can’t ask for more.”

Ryan Cochrane of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria, meanwhile, capped the evening with a silver medal in the men’s 1,500-m freestyle. The defending champion in the event, fresh off a gold medal at Commonwealth Games, was out-touched by 0.18 seconds as American Connor Jaeger took the gold. 

Cochrane turned in a time of 14:51.97 in what was a six-way race for most of the way, with the top four finishers less than two seconds apart.

“I hate to lose. It’s always great to hit the international podium but after a race like that where it’s so close, there’s little things you can do better and I’ll be out for blood the rest of the weekend,” Cochrane said.

Canada had two finalists in both the men’s and women’s 200-m butterfly. On the women’s side Commonwealth Games gold medallist Audrey Lacroix was fifth in 2:08.81, while fellow Pont-Rouge, Que., native Katerine Savard came sixth at 2:09.42.

Meanwhile in men’s action Mack Darragh swam a personal best of 1:58.52 for sixth place, while Gamal Assaad was seventh in 2:02.99.

The women’s 200-m backstroke was also a two-finalist event for Canada. Dominique Bouchard came fifth with a lifetime best of 1:00.82, just ahead of Hilary Caldwell (6th, 1:00.99)

In women’s 200-m freestyle, Samantha Cheverton of Montreal finished fifth at 1:58.96.

Pan Pacs also features B finals. Alyson Ackman of Montreal, who narrowly missed the A final in the women’s 200-m freestyle, made the most of her second swim with a personal best of 1:59.25, good for 12th overall.

Swimming Canada High Performance Director John Atkinson was pleased the Canadian team didn’t allow the cold temperatures to be an excuse or a distraction.

“It was a solid evening’s performance with 10 out of the 12 swimmers who were in the morning heats improving their time from this morning. I think that shows that the team really rallied and prepared well for the conditions,” Atkinson said.

“Brittany MacLean had a tremendous swim tonight swimming faster than she did at the Commonwealth Games, in fact swimming a negative split so a really strong second half to her swim for another Canadian record and a bronze medal,” Atkinson added. “For Ryan Cochrane it was a big double to back up from Commonwealth Games where he won the 1,500-m freestyle to then refocus, re-prepare. Just missed out by a fingertip but it was a great effort by Ryan and I’m sure that we’ll see more from the team as the week goes on.”
(Reposted from Swimming Canada website)



SwimBC at 2014 Summer Championships

July and August had more than the usual number of significant competition for SwimBC athletes, starting with our own Provincial Championship events in late June / early July, and then following that up with Senior and Age Group Nationals, Commonwealth Games, and then Pan Pacific Championships in the pool, for Juniors as well as Para-swimmers. Below is a reverse chronological summary of the stories and summaries coming out of many of those events.

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SwimBC Athletes Excel at 2014 Para-PanPacs

Eight SwimBC athletes were part of the thirty-two swimmers representing Canada at the recent 2014 Para-PanPacific Swimming Championships held in Pasadena, CA, at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Centre, and they afforded themselves very well, taking home a lot of hardware in a meet which, for many, was their first exposure to broad international competition.

Adam Rahier (SKSC) also picked up multiple medals in the S14 class, taking home gold in 200 IM (new Canadian record) as well as silver in 100 Fly and 100 Back, plus bronze in 100 Breast. His teammate at SKSC, Nathan Stein, added a gold in the men's S10 100 Fly, as well as silver in 100 Free and bronze in 50 Free, with the 100 Free performance setting a new Canadian record.  Andrew Cooke (KISU) took home a silver in the S5 class for men's 50 Back and bronze in 200 IM, while establishing new Canadian records in those events as well as 50 Free.

Dalton Boon (WDSC), fresh off some record-breaking swims at meets earlier in the summer, opened up the meet in strong fashion, taking silver and bronze medals in the 200 Free (new Canadian record) and 50 Free events for S14 class swimmers.  He followed that up later in the meet with another bronze in 100 Free as well.

Danielle Kisser (DELTA) added a bronze in the S6 class of women's 100 Breast, establishing a new Canadian record in 50 Free as well, while Brianna Nelson (ISC) contributed silver medals in the women's S7 class 50 Fly, 200 IM, and 100 Free, plus a bronze in 50 Free, and Tyler Mrak (SKSC) contributed a bronze medal in the men's 100 Breast for the S13 class.


BC Swimmers Dominate 2014 Open Water Champs

Despite having already raced through five days of competition at the 2014 Canadian Age Group Championships in Winnipeg, a strong contingent of SwimBC athletes headed out to St. Malo Provincial Park outside of the city to contest the Open Water component of the meet. They accorded themselves very well, winning at least one medal in all but one of the different races held at the venue.

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SwimBC Announces Hosts for 2014-15 Meets

NOTE: This is a re-publication of SwimBC's meet hosts for the 2014-2015 season; the initial post on July 17 did not include a host for 2015 Long Course AA Championships, due to the date of the meet being changed to June 26-28 after the initial request for bids had been distributed.

SwimBC is pleased to announce the following clubs as the selected hosts to work along with SwimBC in delivering its 2014-2015 AA Championships, AAA Championships, and Senior events: 

  • October Senior Circuit (SCM)– UVic-Pacific Coast Swimming (Victoria)
  • January Senior Circuit (LCM) – TBD (most likely Lower Mainland)
  • 2015 SC AA Champs – Spartan Swim Club (Chilliwack)
  • 2015 SC AAA Age Group Champs – Surrey Knights Swim Club (Surrey)
  • 2015 SwimBC Senior Open – UBCD (UBC)
  • 2015 LC AA Champs – KCS (Kamloops)
  • 2015 LC AAA Champs – UVic-Pacific Coast Swimming (Victoria)
  • Open Water Champs – TBC (Victoria)

Cochrane's Win Caps Commonwealth Games

The first day of swimming at the 2014 Commonwealth Games saw Ryan Cochrane (VAS/ISC) repeat as champion in 400 Free; the final day was a mirror of that, as he repeated as 1500m Commonwealth champion in a race that saw him post the fastest time in the world so far this year.

Cochrane won the men's 1500 Free in a time of 14:44.03 is just under half a second faster than Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri, and followed up on Brittany MacLean's bronze medal for Canada in the women's 800 Free on the previous night.

In other events on the closing day of competition, the women's 4x100 Medley Relay team which included Tera Van Beilen (UBCD) on the breastroke leg, picked up a bronze medal, as did Brooklyn Snodgrass from Calgary.


2014 Canadian Age Group Champs Wrap-Up

The pool competition at the 2014 Canadian Age Group Championships in Winnipeg wrapped up on Sunday evening at the Pan Am Games pool, with a few more exceptional performances from the age group SwimBC athletes at the meet. This came most notably in 400 Free, where SwimBC athletes won four of the ten age groups.

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More Records Fall at Canadian Age Group Champs

The records continued to tumble at the 2014 Canadian Age Group Championships being held in Winnipeg this week, with SwimBC athletes going after SwimBC records as well as taking down a number of Canadian marks.

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