As has been the case over the past number of major international swimming competitions, it was the SwimBC members of the Canadian contingent who made the biggest impact on the first day of competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, SCO.
Emily Overholt (WVOSC), swimming in her first major Senior International competition, got off to a great start, posting a near PB in prelims, to be seeded third going into the final. In that final, she dropped her best time by almost five seconds to 4:37.89, smashing her own National Age Group record in the event, en route to finishing fifth. That time surpasses the existing World Junior record in the event!
Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, who trained and swam with UBCT this past winter, was fourth in the event, just out-touching Overholt.
In the next race, Ryan Cochrane (ISC) used a blistering final 150m to close on David McEvoy (who was out well under world record pace at the 200m mark), went past him in the final 50m, and won the men's 400 Free in a new Canadian record time of 3:43.46. He became the first repeat winner of the meet, having won the men's 400 Free four years ago in Delhi, IND.
On the second night of competition, it was another newcomer to the senior international scene in the person of Luke Reilly, who delivered another strong showing. In a race won by hometown favourite, Daniel Wallace, Reilly managed a seventh place finish.
Earlier in the evening, Tera Van Beilen (UBCD) placed a respectable fifth in the women's 50 Breast - which is not the best of the three breastroke races for her.
Canada did reach the top of the medal podium once again, however, with a strong perfromacne from Katerine Savard of Montreal, in the women's 100 Fly. Her time of 57.40, just barely out-touched O'Connor (ENG) by 5/100th second.
As has been the case in past years, the depth of field in many events at Commonwealth Games swimming competition just isn't there, which provides a great opportunity for swimmers to gain experience posting a strong swim in prelims or semis and then having to follow it up with a quality swim during finals.
Emily Overholt put this into practice earlier in the meet and followed it up with a strong performance to anchor the women's 4x200 Free Relay team to a silver medal, just under two seconds behind gold medalists from Australia.
Hilary Caldwell (VAS/PSW) added another medal from SwimBC athletes with a bronze medal in the Women's 200 Back.
Another youngster having a good meet was Yuri Kisil, who will be joining the UBCT program and National Training Centre at UBC in the fall; he placed fourth in the men's 100 Free - just over a tenth of a second away from the medals.
In the semi-finals of the women's 100 Breast, Tera Van Beilen (UBCD) is fifth heading into the final, while Kierra Smith (LLSC) is sixth.
The first day of swimming at the 2014 Commonwealth Games saw Ryan Cochrane (VAS/ISC) repeat as champion in 400 Free; the final day was a mirror of that, as he repeated as 1500m Commonwealth champion in a race that saw him post the fastest time in the world so far this year.
Cochrane won the men's 1500 Free in a time of 14:44.03 is just under half a second faster than Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri, and followed up on Brittany MacLean's bronze medal for Canada in the women's 800 Free on the previous night.
In other events on the closing day of competition, Audrey Lacroix of Montreal took home a gold in the women's 200 Fly, the women's 4x100 Medley Relay team which included Tera Van Beilen (UBCD) on the breastroke leg, picked up a bronze medal, and Brooklyn Snodgrass from Calgary did likewise in the women's 50 Back.