The first day of competition at the 2014 Pan Pacific and Commonwealth Games Trials in Victoria resulted in some impressive performances from BC swimmers, highlighted by a trio of wins.
It was in just the third final of the night where BC won its first gold medal, as Kelly Aspinall (UBCD/VNSC) won the men's 50 Fly.
Not long thereafter, Ryan Cochrane (ISC/VAS) blew away the field in the second half of the race, coming from being as far back as seventh to win the men's 200 Free in 1:49.04. He was followed closely by his teammate, Alec Page (1:49.33) and Coleman Allen (UBCD/VNSC) in 1:49.40. Three other BC swimmers were part of that "A" final, making it the deepest BC event in the meet so far.
BC swimmers also took the top two placings in the women's 200 Breast, where Tera Van Beilen (UBCD/VNSC) had similarly had an impressive second half, while Kierra Smith (LLSC) won her first Senior National medal at a Trials meet by placing second.
In the women's 100 Back, World Champs 200m Back bronze medalist, Hilary Caldwell (PSW/VAS) picked up a bronze medal, while Markus Thormeyer (WDSC) had the strongest National finish of his young career so far by finishing fourth in the men's event, setting a new SwimBC record for 15-17yr. boys with a time of :56.25.
While it didn't result in a medal, Emily Overholt's (WVOSC) fourth-place finish in the women's 200 Free was one of the more impressive performances, as she was less than 2/10th second away from the bronze and with her being one of the youngest swimmers to put up a top-rated performance, her chance of making one of the those aforementioned Senior teams is pretty good.
The meet continues through Saturday with prelims underway at 10am and finals at 6:00pm, with live web-streaming available each evening.