BC Swimmers Finish PanPac Trials with Multiple Medals

The final two days of competition at the PanPacific Championship Trials in Montreal saw BC swimmers continue their regular trek to the medal podium, with more swimmers continuing to make it to the top of the podium, earning themselves spots on Canada's team to PanPacs in Irvine, CA, this summer.

Alexa Komarnycky, IS, finished the meet being the high-point overall swimmer, as she picked up her third gold medal of the Trials, winning the women's 400m Free, as teammate, Ryan Cochrane did likewise, taking off on the field at the halfway point in his race.  In fact, Island Swimming swept the podium places in the 400m free, as Jeremy Bagshaw and Blake Worseley took second and third, respectively.  It was the only event in the meet where swimmers from one club swept the top three positions.

The breastroke powerhouse at UBCD showed its strength on the final day as world-record holder Annamay Pierse won the women's 200m race, followed very close behind by her teammate Martha McCabe.  McCabe was also under the FINA "A" cut in the race, meaning she qualified for the team.  

On the men's side, another UBCD swimmer - Scott Dickens - led right from the start of the race and finished strong, winning handily, by one full second.

Brent Hayden (UBCD) continued to show that he's the class of the men's sprint field, as he won the men's 50 free by almost three-quarters of a second; in comparison, there was just over three-quarters of a second between that second-place finisher and the tenth-place finisher.

Other wins for BC swimmers, in events that are not part of the PanPacs selection process, came from Ryan Cochrane (IS) in the men's 800 free, as he led the Island Swimming men to six of the top seven placings in that event; Savannah King won the women's 1500 free; and Craig Dagnall (IS) won the men's 5000m race, with his teammate, Alec Page, finishing second.

One provincial record was set at the meet, as Noemie Thomas (UBCD) broke the 13-14 girls provincial record in 100 fly, going 1:01.63, surpassing her own previous record of 1:02.25, set back in February.

When the dust had settled at the end of the meet, the overall team scoring had UBC Dolphins finished first with Island Swimming in second.