Tier I Day I - Recap

The 2018 Swim BC Tier I Winter Championships, hosted by recent Tier II team champions KISU, started Friday in Penticton. Age groups for this meet include girls 10 and under and 11-12, as well as boys 11 and under and 12-13. Events included the 200m BK, 50m FR, 200m FL, and 200m FR relay.

Highlights from the evening included the Girls 11-12 200m BK, Boys 13 and under 200m BK, Girls 10 and under 50m FR, and Boys 11 and under 200m FL. The Girls 11-12 200m BK saw Jordan Vertue (PGB) touch first in a time of 2:23.90, almost 6 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Natascha Borromeo (WVOSC) and Harper Nevins (ISC) battled it out the final 50m, with Nevins just 0.07 seconds ahead at the 150m wall. Borromeo pulled ahead on the final 50m to touch second in 2:29.48, just 0.02 ahead of the bronze medallist Nevins who touched in 2:29.50. The Boys 13 and under 200m BK had another tight race, this time for first and second place. Ryan Murphy (VKSC) and Pierson Piche (KWIC) were head to head on the final 50m, with Piche flipping 1.23 seconds ahead of Murphy. Murphy threw down a 34.19 on the final 50m to out touch Piche in a time of 2:20.71 for a 7 second best time. Piche claimed the silver in a time of 2:20.97, dropping almost 2 seconds from his entry time. Tadahiro (Hero) Hiruki (VPSC) swam to a bronze medal finish in 2:22.94. The Girls 10 and under 50m FR saw the top 13 girls all go best times.. Kennadie Sheppard (RAC) earned the gold medal in a time of 31.17, followed by Riley Andrusak (ISC) in a 31.47, and Kailyn Firth (HANEY) in a 32.47. The Boys 11 and under 200m FL saw Daniel Wang (PSW) take the gold medal in a time of 2:39.56, over 4 seconds faster than his entry time. David Maibaum (RAPID) and Tristan Govier (VPSC) had a tight race for the final two medal positions. Both boys had a strong last 50, but Maibaum just edged out Govier to claim silver in 2:41.62. Govier touched in 2:41.72 with a 9 second best time. 

Following the conclusion of the session, there was a Championship Celebration Dinner for all athletes, coaches, and support staff at Queen’s Park School. The keynote speaker for the event was Canadian Olympian Joanne Malar. Malar was a finalist in the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics, as well as a multi-medallist at Short Course World Championships, Pan Pacific Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Pan Am Games. She talked to the swimmers about her career

Boys Team Scores

1. VPSC 254

2. PSW 194.5

3. HYACK 150.5

4. KWIC 123

5. RAPID 109

6. CDSC 95

7. WVOSC 67

8. VKSC 56

9. WSC 55

10. GATOR 54

Girls Team Scores

1. PSW 157

2. ISC 110

3. PGB 105

4. WSC 88

5. HYACK 84

6. WVOSC 69

7. KWIC 67.5

8. RAPID 67

9. CDSC 65

10. DST 59

Good luck to all swimmers over the next two days of competition!