The 13th Annual Paul Bergen Junior International Invitational is underway this weekend at the Tualatin Hills Recreation Center in Beaverton, Oregon, this weekend, and TeamBC is there with a small squad of ten swimmers.
In contrast to previous teams that we've taken to this meet in past years, the team selection for this year was limited to a select group of 16&U swimmers who have the best chance of making the National Development Team tour which will be held in Florida in January 2012.
Being that this is an 18&U meet, with most of the best swimmers from across Canada, as well as a National Junior team from Germany, in attendance, our 16&U swimmers are having to swim exceptionally well in prelims just to have a chance at getting a second swim in either the "A" or "B" finals.
We didn't get any individual swimmers into the "A" final on Day 1, but there were a number of notable performances in the "B" final, headlined by Haley Black (PGB) in the first race of the evening - 200 Fly - going 2:13.21. Emily Overholt (WVOSC) was fifth in the "B" final as well.
Also winning a "B" final for TeamBC was Haley's club teammate, Danica Ludlow, in 100 freestyle (56.76).
Other second swims for TeamBC came from Hillary Metcalfe (LOSC) who was fifth in the "B" final of 50 Breast, and Nina Takahashi (VPSC), who was sixth in the "B" final of 400 IM.
The swimmers all stood up and performed exceptionally well in the 4x200Free Relays which closed out the day, with the girls finishing 11th and the boys eighth.
While not competing for TeamBC at this meet, there were some notable performance from some other SwimBC swimmers, starting with Noemie Thomas' (VAND) silver-medal performance in 200 Fly. Kierra Smith (LLSC) won the 50 Bresat race in a personal best in that event.
And one of the more impressive swims of the meet overall came from Alec Page (IS), who destroyed the meet record of 4:18 in 400 IM, going 4:13.87 in prelims, then bettering that in finals with 4:13.01.
The meet continues through Saturday and Sunday with prelims running from roughly 9am to noon, then finals from 5:30pm - 8:00pm.
Online results are available almost immediately here.