SwimBC at 2014 Summer Championships

July and August had more than the usual number of significant competition for SwimBC athletes, starting with our own Provincial Championship events in late June / early July, and then following that up with Senior and Age Group Nationals, Commonwealth Games, and then Pan Pacific Championships in the pool, for Juniors as well as Para-swimmers.  

Below is a reverse chronological summary of the stories and summaries coming out of many of those events.


SwimBC Athletes Excel at 2014 Para-PanPacs

Eight SwimBC athletes were part of the thirty-two swimmers representing Canada at the recent 2014 Para-PanPacific Swimming Championships held in Pasadena, CA, at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Centre, and they afforded themselves very well, taking home a lot of hardware in a meet which, for many, was their first exposure to broad international competition.

Adam Rahier (SKSC) also picked up multiple medals in the S14 class, taking home gold in 200 IM (new Canadian record) as well as silver in 100 Fly and 100 Back, plus bronze in 100 Breast. His teammate at SKSC, Nathan Stein, added a gold in the men's S10 100 Fly, as well as silver in 100 Free and bronze in 50 Free, with the 100 Free performance setting a new Canadian record.  Andrew Cooke (KISU) took home a silver in the S5 class for men's 50 Back and bronze in 200 IM, while establishing new Canadian records in those events as well as 50 Free.

Dalton Boon (WDSC), fresh off some record-breaking swims at meets earlier in the summer, opened up the meet in strong fashion, taking silver and bronze medals in the 200 Free (new Canadian record) and 50 Free events for S14 class swimmers.  He followed that up later in the meet with another bronze in 100 Free as well.

Danielle Kisser (DELTA) added a bronze in the S6 class of women's 100 Breast, establishing a new Canadian record in 50 Free as well, while Brianna Nelson (ISC) contributed silver medals in the women's S7 class 50 Fly, 200 IM, and 100 Free, plus a bronze in 50 Free, and Tyler Mrak (SKSC) contributed a bronze medal in the men's 100 Breast for the S13 class.


Commonwealth Games

CDN Age Group Champs

The 2014 Commonwealth Games swimming competition runs from July 24 to 29, in Glasgow, SCO, with Canada's team looking to see what they can do against the perenniel powerhouse team from Australia, but then also against the resurgent team from England.


The 2014 Canadian Age Group Championships take place July 23-27, with the open water race on Monday, July 28, wrapping up the meet.  

Over 1000 swimmers are in attendance, so the competition promises to be rigorous and exciting.



2014 Canadian Summer Nationals

The 2014 Canadian Summer National Championships are taking place July 16-20 at the Shaw Centre in Saskatoon, SK.  Over 400 of Canada's best swimmers, with the exception of those currently preparing for the Commonwealth Games, will be participating, and with that top echelon of swimmers not in attendance, the door is opened for some of Canada's best young swimmers to step onto the podium.

Last year, this meet provided the first National Championships to SwimBC athletes, Luke Reilly (UBCD) and Emily Overholt (WVOSC), both of whom used that as a jumping off point to make it onto the Senior National team attending Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships this summer.


2014 SwimBC Open Water Championships

The 2014 SwimBC Open Water Championships took place on Monday morning at Thetis Lake, and after four long, loud, and hot days at Saanich Commonwealth Place, the 76 swimmers and their supporters who showed up at Thetis Lake, greatly appreciated the perfect weather and setting for an open-water race.

Tyee Aquatic Club played host to this event, and had an excellent course laid out, with a short 500m loop near the beach area and a longer 1500m loop that went the start area near the beach out and then followed near the perimter of the lake. In addition to the tranquil park setting, the weather was ideal as well, with both air and water temperatures right around 21C, and overcast skies keeping glare in the water to a minimum.

Three separate distances were contested, with 11-12yr. old swimmers going 1km, 13-14yr. olds swimming 2km, and 15&Over swimmers going a full 5km.

Josh Zakala (KAJ) and Heidi Ullrich (IS) were the first across the line in the 5km races for guys and girls, respectively.  Tops for 13-14 were Austin Phillips (KCS) and Erin Lawrance (TYEE), while Michael Schmidt (UVPCS) and Acacia Benn (KISU) finished first for the 11-12yr. olds.

Complete results.



2014 SwimBC Long Course AAA Championships

There might have been some question after the first day; little doubt after the second day; all but a forgone conclusion after day 3; and at the end of final long day of SwimBC's 2014 Long Course AAA Championships, University of Victoria - Pacific Coast Swimming came out on top in overall team scoring, with a substantial lead over the second place finisher.

UVPCS led the meet wire-to-wire, finishing the meet with 2729.5 points, well ahead of second place Richmond Rapids (1981.5 points), who re-claimed second place from Island Swimming (1760 points), who had held the lead after three days of the meet.  

Vancouver Pacific Swim Club took fourth place with 1531 points, while Hyack Swim Club rounded out the top five just behind with 1508.5 points.  The rest of the top ten in order were as follows:

  • Winskill Dolphins Swim Club
  • Langley/Abbotsford Olympians Swim Club
  • North Island Predators
  • Kamloops Classic Swimming
  • Canadian Dolphins Swim Club

With this being the first year that AAA Champs has been run in the current format, there were no meet records to go after, but the meet did contain one National record - from Dalton Boon (WDSC) in the 100 Free for para-swimming men in the S14 class.

The final event of the meet also bore the sole provincial record of the meet, as Chena's 16&O relay team of Tim Zeng, James Dergousoff, Nicolas Duke, and Eli Chappell - all of whom were 15-17years old - broke the 15-17yr. old boys 4x50 medley record with a time of 1:47.75, breaking the old record of 1:48.88, set way back in 1999.








2014 SwimBC Long Course AA Championships

The 2014 SwimBC Long Course AA Championships in Victoria on June 20-22, were a great success, with 153 new AAA times coming from the 320 swimmers.  This represented at least 55 swimmers thus qualifying for SwimBC Long Course AAA Championships, which kicks off on Thursday, July 3, back in Victoria.

SwimBC extends its sincere thanks to Island Swimming for doing a great job in hosting the event, as well as the many volunteers from around the province who also gave of their time to assist in putting on a superb event.