There was plenty of fast racing and exceptional performances on the first day of competition at the 2012Pac Coast All-Star meet, which runs January 7-8, at the Walnut Grove Pool in Langley, BC. The meet brings together the top 11-12 and 13-14 swimmers from BC, Southern California Swimming, Pacific Swimming (San Francisco Bay area), Oregon Swimming and Pacific Northwest Swimming (Washington state) in a timed-final dual-meet type of competition.
Historically, SoCal and Pacific Swimming battle it out for first place, while Team BC has steadily been closing in on Pacific Northwest Swimming over the past three years of this annual event, coming within fewer than 15 points of third place PNS last year.
With home-field advantage this year (the host organization rotates each year), Team BC was looking forward to finally getting over the hump into third place, and indeed, after the first day, Team BC had a slim 1.5-point margin over PNS for third spot.
Some of the standout individual performances from Team BC came in the form of wins from Edwin Zhao (PSW) in 13-14 boys 400 Free, Darren Yuan (PSW) in 13-14 boys 100 Fly, and Kevin Ye (RAPID) in 11-12 boys 100 Breast, while other top three results came from Maria DeLeeuw (NRST) and Chelsea Borrowdale (LOSC) in 11-12 Girls 100 Breast, Mackenzie Branham (WVOSC) in 13-14 boys 200 Breast, Paul Zou (WDSC) in 400 Free, Lucas Tyler (LLSC) in 11-12 boys 50 Fly, and Emily Overholt (WVOSC) in 13-14 boys 100 Fly.
Team standings after day 1 were as follows:
1. SoCal Swimming: 474 points
2. Pacific Swimming: 428.5 points
3. Team BC: 243.5 points
4. Pacific Northwest Swimming: 242 points
5. Oregon Swimming: 92 points
Competition gets underway on Sunday at 8:45am, wrapping up around 1:00pm in this timed final format.
Live results are available online at http://bit.ly/PacCoast2012, and also on BigFish Software's iPhone/Android "Live Results" app, as well as HyTek's Meet Mobile app.