Three races. Three wins. One national record.
That's the way the first night of finals began for Team BC at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games, with the swimming competition running from August 11-14, in Kamloops, BC.
The first three races included wins by Luke Reilly (UBCD) in 1500 Free, Kierra Smith (LLSC) in 200 Breast, and Ryan Anderson (UBCD) also in 200 Breast. It was Smith's performance in the girls 200 Breastroke that set a new National Age Group record (and provincial record, of course) by going 2:22.88, breaking the old record by well over a second.
Joe Byram (VKSC) came tantalizingly close to a provincial record of his own, missing the boys 15-17 100 Back record by 5/100th.
The day wrapped up with the 4x200 Free relays, and TeamBC prevailed in both, beating a game Team Alberta in both the girls and boys races. The team finished the night with 14 Gold, 3 Silver and 5 Bronze medals.
Other medal winners on the first day of the meet for Team BC were as follows:
- Luke Reilly, UBCD 1500 Free
- Kierra Smith, LLSC 200 Breaststroke
- Ryan Anderson, UBCD 200 Breaststroke
- Joe Byram, VKSC 100 Freestyle
- Dalton Boon, WDSC 100 Freestyle Para
- Kelsey Wyse 100 Freestyle Special Olympics
- Kierra Smith, LLSC 400 IM
- Luke Reilly, UBCD 400 IM
- Joe Byram VKSC 100 Backstroke
- Danielle Kisser, DELTA 100 Backstroke Para
- Dalton Boon WDSC 100 Backstroke Para
- Kelsey Wyse, 50 Backstroke Special Olympics
- 800 Freestyle Relay Women
- Taylor Padington IS, Amy Sun WVOSC, Sherry Liu HYACK, Danica Ludlow PGB
- 800 Freestyle Relay Men
- Edward Zhao UBCD, Justin Chan UBCD, Joe Byram VKSC, Sterling King PGB
- Sherry Liu, HYACK 1500 Freestyle
- Danielle Kisser, Delta 100 Freestyle Para
- Kerri Denninger, 100 Freestyle Special Olympics
- Justin Chan, UBCD 400 IM
- Stefanie Schmidt, PCS 1500 Freestyle
- Taylor Padington, IS, 100 Freestyle
- Edward Zhao, UBCD, 100 Freestyle
- Caitlin Quon, VPSC 400 IM
- Nicholaas Dekker, RAPIDS 100 Backstroke
- Kerri Denninger, 50 Backstroke Special Olympics
After the first day of competition, team scores are as follows:
- BC - 188
- Alberta - 158.50
- Manitoba - 101
- Saskatchewan - 50.50
- Yukon - 5
- Northwest Territories - 3
Competition continues with prelims starting at 9:30am on Friday-Saturday, finals at 5:30pm.