Team BC swimmers off to a fast start at the 2017 Canada Games 

Three golds and a bronze on day one of swimming

Author: Team BC/Monday, August 7, 2017/Categories: Front Page2017 News2017 Canada Summer GamesSummer Sports - CSGSwimming

Team BC swimmers won four medals as the 2017 Canada Summer Games swimming competition began on Monday at the Pan Am Pool in Winnipeg.

It was double gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay races for Team BC. 

The women's team took gold in 8:26.40, just 7/100ths of a second ahead of Team Ontario. It was a tight race until Jessica Lou (Victoria) managed to pull away from Ontario in the anchor leg of the race. Also swimming in the freestyle relay for Team BC were Nicoletta Panos (Vancouver), Amanda McCallum (Richmond) and Alexandra Turvey (Vancouver).  

Minutes later, Team BC's men's 4x200m relay team also took gold with a time of 7:48.82 in an exciting race, with Tyler Wall (Penticton) pulling ahead of Ontario in the final 50 metres.

Surrey's Arianna Hunsicker won a bronze medal in the women's 200m Para freestyle race.

In the 200m Para freestyle men's race, Ian Goodyear (Campbell River) was awarded fourth place when two Quebec swimmers tied for silver.
 
Earlier in the afternoon, Raben Dommann (North Vancouver) started off the swimming competition with a gold medal in the men's 800m freestyle. Read about that race here.

Quotes

Men's 4x200m freestyle - GOLD for Team BC

DOMMANN, Raben (North Vancouver)
On winning two gold medals on day one (also won gold in men's 800m freestyle earlier in the day)
"It's been great, it's been a fun afternoon. It's a lot different doing a relay with the whole team cheering. It's a new experience." 

KIM, Joshua (Langley)
On swimming the second leg
"I think Raben got a good lead for us, I tired to hold it. We did a a good job. I pushed through to the end. It's a great experience. It feels amazing. It's hard to keep the smile off my face."

CHAN, Ethan (Richmond)
On swimming the third leg
"It was good, Josh and Raben gave us a good lead. I tried to maintain it. It turned out pretty well for us. I felt pretty confident before diving in the water. It was just a really fun race. It's mostly a team effort. Without these guys, we wouldn't grab a gold medal today."

WALL, Tyler (Penticton)
On swimming the anchor leg
"I wasn't thinking, I was just going for it. It's awesome. One medal's fine for me, but I am going for more."

HUNSICKER, Arianna (Surrey) - Bronze women's 200m Para freestyle
On winning bronze at the Canada Games
"It's crazy, I wasn't expecting it at all. I was expecting to get sixth. I dropped 21 seconds But you know I went hard, got at it and ended up dropping 21 seconds to get it. It's pretty cool being here for British Columbia. Upping the medal count is cool."