A contingent of SwimBC athletes competed at the finale of the USA Swimming’s Arena Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara, CA, on June 1-4, 2017. In addition to the Provincial Team squad that attended the meet, there were a number of athletes attending as part of Swimming Canada’s Junior Team, plus swimmers from HPC-Vancouver and HPC-Victoria.
The level of competition at this meet was very high, with many US swimmers going after the $500-$300-$100 prize money for the first three placings in each event, as well as the series winner bonus of $10,000 and a 1-year lease on a BMW.
While not eligible for the big cash bonus or the BMW, a couple of SwimBC athletes nonetheless took home some spending money.
Tops among them was Hilary Caldwell (HPC-Vic) whose win in the women’s 200Back added to previous takes in Austin (January) and Indianapolis (March) to amass $1500 in prize money. Caldwell added a 5th-place finish in 100Back, as well as a Mackenzie Padington’s (ISC) second-place finish in 800Free garnered her $300 at this meet. She also finished 9th in the women’s 200Free.
Making it through to the “A” final (which in some cases was faster than a medal-placing at Canadian Trials) were the following SwimBC athletes:
- Yuri Kisil (HPC-Van) - 7th in 100Fly
- Jeremy Bagshaw (HPC-Vic) - 7th in 400Free
- Sarah Darcel (ISC) - 4th in 400IM; 6th in 200IM
- Danielle Hanus (ISC) - 7th in 200IM; 9th in 100Back
Attending the meet from SwimBC as part of Swimming Canada's Junior Team initiative were the following athletes, with their highest-ranking result from the meet:
- Jade Hannah (ISC) - 3rd in "B" final 100Back
- Faith Knelson (ISC) - 2nd in "B" final 100Breast
- Jaren Lefranc (KISU) - 4th in "C" final 100Breast
SwimBC also had four athletes compete at the meet, selected as part of a Provincial Team initiative.
- Lucas Tyler (UVPCS) - 5th in "B" final 200 Fly
- Alex Blaskovich (PSW) - 5th in "C" final 200 Fly
- Tyler Wall (KISU) - first alternate in 100 Back
- Alex Ball (RAPID) - 52nd in 100Free
Four other swimmers who had put their names forward for selection had qualified, but subsequently declined due to conflicts with other activities.
Cody Flegel, the coach of the highest-ranked swimmer (Lucas Tyler) was selected as the coach for this initiative; however, he was unable to attend due to other commitments. This was also the case with the coaches of the other three swimmers, so Performance Director Mike Flegel served as Team Coach.
Complete online results from the meet available here.