What the 2010 Team Aquatic Supplies BC Senior Championships may have lacked in number of swimmers was certainly overcome by the caliber of swimming that was on display over the course of the two-day meet at the UBC Aquatic Centre.
Just three weeks out from PanPac Trials in Montreal, and with over $5000 in prize money, all of the best swimmers in BC were out to see where they stood as they enter their final preparations. Add in the allure of $2500 in first-place prize money, some fast competition from Alberta, and it made for a great weekend of competition.
The scoring format for the meet is based on each swimmer’s best two events, combining the FINA point scores for both heats and finals in those two events. With only four point scores for each swimmer going into the mix, there was no room for someone to have an “off” swim during prelims – everyone had to be ready to go in each of their races.
Emerging victorious, and collecting the $2500 first-place cheque from Team Aquatic Supplies’ associate Ted Murphy was Tanya Hunks (UBCD), whose average point score in 400 Free and 400 IM in heats and finals was 806.5.
Keeping it extremely close all through the meet, but coming in second, good for $1250 in prize money, was Annamay Pierse (UBCD) whose 800-point average score in 100 and 200 Breast was a mere 6.5 points shy of Hunks.
With prize money going five-deep, the remaining swimmers and their respective point score and prize winnings were as follows: in third, Ryan Cochrane (IS) with 772 point average across 200 and 400 Free, good for $750; in fourth was Haylee Johnson (UBCD) with a 765-point average across the two breastroke events ($500); and the $250 fifth-place prize money went to Stefan Hirniak (IS) whose average point score of 748 came from the two butterfly events.
It should be pointed out that the FINA scores may appear much lower than they’ve been in the past at this meet because FINA re-calculated their points tables for 2010; in the past, the 1000-point base time was derived from the average of the ten best times every swum. For 2010, however, FINA set the world record in each event as the 1000-point base time. This had the effect of making some swims as much as 10% fewer points than they would have been using last year’s points charts.
SwimBC wishes to once again thank Team Aquatic Supplies, and Doug Perks, in particular, for their continued support of high-performance swimming in BC.