Just as Jon McKay won BC's first medal of the 2013 Jeux Canada Games with his bronze in the men's 800 Free on Sunday afternoon, it was a BC swimmer who won BC's first gold medals of the games.
Sergey Holson (UBCD) had a phenomenal start, surfacing half a meter ahead of the rest of the field in the men's 50 Breast, then held off all challengers to claim not only the swim team's, but all of Team BC's, first gold medal - and did so in a Games-record time.
Not long thereafter, Emily Overholt (WVOSC) did the same thing thing - winning a gold medal in record-breaking time - in the women's 400IM. Overholt's swim showed incredible resilience and tenacity, as she had an early lead but then was overtaken by Manitoba's Brianne Sawicki half-way through the breastroke leg. Overholt then put together an incredible surge midway through the second 50m of the breastroke and then just powered away in the final 100m freestyle leg of the IM.
Luke Reilly (UBCD) was in the next championship final and put together a similarly impressive swim - holding off a barrage of swimmers coming at him in the breastroke leg, but then blowing the field apart in the freestyle to also take the Games win in that event along with establishing a new record.
Stefan Milosevic (HYACK) took bronze in the men's 200 Fly as well, while Magnus Batara won another gold for Team BC in the men's Special Olympics 50 Breast.
Dalton Boone (WDSC) took home a silver in the para men's 50 breast, and the youngest member of Team BC's swim contingent, Tyler Mrak (SKSC), won a bronze in that same event - improving his entry time by over eight seconds,and vaulting him into the Top10 world rankings in the SB13 class.
Also making finals on Monday night were Amy Sun (WVOSC), 7th in 100 Free; Jon McKay (UVPCS), 8th in 200 Fly; Stefan Milosevic, 6th in 100 Free; Jonathan Kraft (UBCD), 8th in 100 Free; Nerissa Zelych (TYEE), 6th in para 100 Breast, and Robert Hill (CHENA), 4th in 400IM; while Haley Black (PGB) won two "B" finals (200 Fly and 400IM) and her teammate, Danica Ludlow took one (100 Free).
The final race of the night was the men's 4x50 free relay, where the team of Jonathan Kraft, Stefan Milosevic, Justin Chan and Sergey Holson came from behind with a record breaking swim of their own, touching the wall first in an apparent new meet record. Unfortunately, they were disqualified for an early takeover that was noticed by no one in the building apart from the takeover judge in that lane.
For sure, it was a disappointing turn of events after a superlative swim by the four guys in particular, and the team in general over the course of the first night of finals, but the team quickly re-grouped and is ready to get after it over the next three days in the pool.