If someone would've handed you a script with this ending, you'd reject it as too implausible - what a finish to the 2013 SwimBC Long Course AAA Championships, held at UBC and hosted by Vancouver Pacific Swim Club.
After hanging around but never holding the lead over the first three days of competition, Richmond Rapids had a strong final night and headed into the relays holding the slimmest of leads - one point - over Hyack Swim Club.
Seeded second, while Hyack was seeded sixth in the final race of the meet, it looked like the Rapids would hold on for the win, and indeed, they held their seeding and touched second while Hyack finished eighth.
Before the race could be declared official, though, one of the judges put up her hand to signal the referee, and considerable discussion ensued, ultimately resulting in one of the Rapids swimmers being disqualifed for an early take-over.
This resulted in HYACK taking the team title with RAPIDS just 11 points behind.
The final point standings for the top five teams, then, were as follows:
- HYACK - 1870
- RAPID - 1859
- PSW - 1835
- VPSC - 1834.5
- LAOSC - 1651
As with the other nights, there were a number of meet records broken, including the following:
- Faith Knelson (LCSC) - 11&U Girls 100 Breast
- Renae Ledoux (LAOSC) - 13yr. Girls 100 Breast
- Ethan Laing (HYACK) - 12yr. Boys 100 Breast
- Esmee Smit-Anseeuw (PSW) - 14yr. Girls 100 Breast
- Hillary Metcalfe (LAOSC) - 15yr. Girls 100 Breast
- Harry Duan (WSC) - 15yr. Boys 100 Breast
- Heather Lam (VPSC) - 15yr. Girls 200 Free
- Zac Benn (VKSC) - 12yr. Boys 100 Fly
- Skyeler Kerr (CONNU) - 14yr. Boys 100 Fly
- Josiah Binnema (PGB) - 15yr. Boys 100 Fly
Fifteen-year-old Emily Overholt's (WVOSC) 200IM on Saturday night held up as the top FINA-point-scoring swim of the meet - a time that has her currently ranked fourth in Canada for 15-17yr. girls.
Overall, it was a very successful meet with lots of new personal best, many new qualifying times, and simply a great atmosphere provided by the host Vancouver Pacific Swim Club. SwimBC extends its sincere appreciation and acknowledgement of a fantastic effort by the meet host committee of VPSC, as well as sincere gratitude to all the other parents and officials from other clubs who volunteered their time and effort at the meet.