As was the case last year, absolutely ideal weather and water conditions greeted the 60 swimmers who met at Albert Dyck Lake near Abbotsford for the 2013 SwimBC Open Water Championships.
The lake, which is more commonly used as a water-ski venue, made for an ideal race site with its small size, warm water (23C) and lack of wind or waves.
The 1km course saw the 12-13 year olds do two laps, 14-15 year-olds swim three laps, and the 16&Over swimmers complete a 5km race.
This was the best turnout we've ever had for this race, with 61 swimmers from 15 clubs participating, with the top placings being spread out among a number of the teams.
Victoria Mock and Jackson Sinclair (UVPCS) claimed the championship in the 5K race for girls and boys, respectively, while swimmers from four other clubs took the top prize in each other race: Haley Bennett (RAC) in 12-13yr. girls; Austin Philips (KCS) 12-13yr. boys; Heidi Ulrich (IS) 14-15yr. girls; and Josh Zakala (KAJ) 14-15yr. boys.
Complete results are available here.
SwimBC would like to thank the members of the Vancouver Lifeguard Association and some local guards from Chilliwack who came out and helped ensure the safety of the participants, as well as to the parents and officials who assisted us with registration as well as results.
There are two more SwimBC-sanctioned open water races scheduled this season - the first at Thetis Lake on July 23, and the second in Kelowna on August 15-16; information on those can be found at the SNC meet listings website.
We look forward to the 2014 edition of the SwimBC Open Water Championships which will be held at Thetis Lake in Victoria once again the morning after Long Course AAA Championships, and will be hosted by Tyee Swim Club.