Cochrane Wins Top Prize at TAS BC Senior Champs

Over $5000 in prize money was up for grabs at the UBC Aquatic Centre on December 16-18, as Vancouver Dolphins hosted the TAS SwimBC Senior Championships; Island Swimming's Ryan Cochrane saved the best for last, as he pulled off the swim of the meet in the final individual event of the competition.

All of BC's best swimmers, along with a number of swimmers from Alberta were at the meet for one final competition in the 2011 calendar year.

$100 was offered up as prize money for the top BC swimmer in each Olympic event, with $2600 in additional prize money available for the top five swims of the meet, based on long course world rankings from 2010-2011.

The first day of competition saw two new BC records set, as Julia Wilkinson (IS) got under the :26 mark in the women's 50 Free, posting a time of 25.85, and Noemie Thomas lowered her own mark in 50 fly with a time of 26.79.  

Ryan Cochrane (IS) came through with the highest-ranked swim of the meet on Sunday evening, going 3:49.55 in the men's 400 Free, which would have been the 27th best performance in that event in the world last season (the basis of the rankings for this meet).

With the $2600 in performance prize money scheduled to be split $1000 - $750 - $500 - $250 - $100, the top five ranked swimmers at the conclusion of the meet (with a tie for third place, which split the third- and fourth-place prize money) was as follows: 

1st - Ryan Cochrane (IS) - 400 Free - 3:49.55 - 27th world rank
2nd - Martha McCabe (UBCT) - 200 Breast - 2:27.22 - 40th
3rd (tie) - Mackenzie Downing (WGB)- 200 Fly - 2:11.07 - 54th
3rd (tie) - Julia Wilkinson (IS) - 200 IM - 2:14.42 - 54th
5th - Tera Van Beilen (UBCT) - 200 Breast - 2:28.71 - 62nd

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