Final Day Report from Bergen Meet

The 13th Annual Paul Bergen Junior International Invitational wrapped up on Sunday night in suburban Portland, OR, with the young TeamBC members enjoying their best performances of the weekend, while some other SwimBC athletes, representing their home clubs, continued to impress as well.

TeamBC's top swim of the night came from Haley Black (PGB), who came fourth in the women's 100 Fly, just a tenth of a second away from the bronze medal.  Heidi Bradley (IS) came second in the "B" final with an excellent finals performance as well.  She followed that up not too long later with a third-place finish in the "B" final of the 50 Back, coming within a couple tenths of breaking the 30-second barrier.  

Sterling King (PGB) kicked things off for TeamBC earlier in the evening with another lifetime PB in 200 Free, finishing fourth in 200 Free; that event was won by Keegan Zanatta (IS), coming on the heels of his impressive record-breaking performance the night before in the 400 Free.

James Dergousoff (CHENA) won the "B" final of the men's 100 Breast, going 1:04.87, while Hillary Metcalfe (LOSC) finished fifth in the women's "B" final.  Kierra Smith (LLSC) won the event, completing her sweep of the three women's breastroke events, facing down Canada's other up-and-coming breastroke phenom, Ashley McGregor each time.  Smith also picked up a bronze medal in the women's 200 IM later in the evening.

Nina Takahashi (VAND) was TeamBC's other finalist of the night, as she finished eighth in the women's 200 IM "B" final.

Other notable medal-winning performances from SwimBC came from Noemie Thomas in the women's 100 Fly, as she set a new SwimBC record during prelims en route to a silver-medal performance in the final behind Katerine Savard, who was just a tenth of a second off the National record.  Marcus Chu (VAND) won a bronze in the men's 50 Back, as did his teammate, Evan Broderick, in the men's 200 IM.

The Island Swimming tandem of Alec Page and Will Brothers capped the meet's individual events by going gold-silver in the 1500 Free, with Page breaking 15:00 for the first time in his career in winning the event.