The 2018 BC Open Water Swimming Championships took place on Monday at Thetis Lake Park in Victoria following the conclusion of the 2018 Tier II Summer Championships. Events included the 11-12 1 km open water, 13-14 2 km open water, and 15 and over 5 km open water.
In spite of the length of the races, many events came down to the touch for medal decisions. In the Girls 11-12 1 km open water, Kaya Lathangue (CRKW) took gold in 13:33.00, followed closely by her teammate Martina Montana (CRKW) in a 13:42.00, and Kiah Craig (ISC) in a 13:59.00. The Boys 11-12 1 km open water event was a tight battle between first and second place. Niall Johnson (SPART) prevailed with a time of 13:34.00. Nolan Crisp (UVPCS) followed just two seconds behind in a 13:36.00. Alexandros Panos (VPSC) rounded out the podium in a 14:06.00. The Girls 13-14 2 km event saw a similar race between first and second place. Ashley McMillan (KISU) hit the touchpad in 26:19.39 to out-touch Isabella Brunoro (SFA) who went 26:21.80. Naeva Scott Bouris (UVPCS) raced to the touchpad in a time of 26:39.42, which was good enough for the bronze medal. The Boys 13-14 2 km event carried on the trend of a close battle between first and second place, with a margin of a little over two and a half seconds. Justin Fotherby (KISU) won the event in a time of 26:18.64. Hot on his heels was Nick Bennett (S14SB14SM14) (RAC) in a 26:21.25. Bennett’s fellow RAC compatriot Jakob Mbobela (RAC) earned the final medal of the event in a time of 2:52.11. The Girls 15 and over 5 km event saw Sophia Brunoro (SFA) Race to a 1:09:52.97 to claim the title for the event. Just eight and a half seconds later, Molly Fogarty (CSSSC) hit the touchpad in a 1:10:01.45 to earn the silver medal. Haley Berrisford (KISU) won the bronze in a 1:10:45.72. Last, but certainly not least was the Boys 15 and over 5 km event which saw the top four boys all finish within eight and a half seconds of each other. Eric Hedlin (UVPCS) swam to a 1:03:30.18 to win the event. Ethan Phillips (ISC) upset a potential UVPCS podium sweep with his silver medal race in a time of 1:03:36.78. The battle for the final medal position came down to the touch, where Chris Deegan (UVPCS) out-touched his teammate John McKay (UVPCS) by 0.12 seconds. Deegan’s time of 1:03:38.52 earned him the final berth on the podium.
Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the open water events! Thank you to all parents, coaches, officials, sponsors, and volunteers for putting in your time to help these swimmers compete.