TeamBC's swimming contingent got off to a strong start on the first day of the swimming competition at the 2013 Jeux Canada Games being held in Sherbrooke, QC.
The meet got off to a great start with TeamBC's first swimmer in the water - Jon McKay (UVPCS) - posting a new lifetime best in the first (and typically fastest) heat of the men's 800 Free. His time of 8:14.49 was sixteen seconds faster than his entry time done earlier this year and had him second behind Ontario's Teddy Kalp (8:11.77) after that intial heat. However, Alberta's Jonathan Brown dropped a 8:12.51 in the second heat of the men's 800 to bump McKay down a step on the podium to the bronze medal position.
Nonetheless, it was a phenomenal kick-off to the meet for TeamBC, and was followed up by superlative swims by Sarah Mabee-Hall (IS) and Lauren Swistak (SFA) in the women's 1500 Free - both of whom moved up from their seedings as a result of their strong swims.
Avery Newton (KISU) then posted a lifetime best in the para-swimming women's 200 Free, and then Dalton Boon (WDSC) did likewise in the men's 200 Free for para-swimmers. Boon's point score ended up being just shy of the gold medal winning point score in that event, as he took the silver and was rightly very proud of his performance.
The final events of the day were the women's and men's 4x200 Free Relays, where Emily Overholt (WVOSC) got things off to a great start for the women, setting a new personal best time for 100 Free at the 100m mark of her leg, en route to a new PB by over four seconds at the end of her leg.
The boys relay had strong performances with Stefan Milosevic (HYACK), Justin Chan (UBCD), James Dergousoff (CHENA), and Sterling King (PGB) combining to win the bronze medal in that event.
Finals go each day at 3:00pm PDT, with live streaming available from the 2013 Summer Games website; TSN2 also appears to have a highlight show each evening around 5:30pm PDT.