TeamBC continued to dominate the swimming competition at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games in Fort McMurray, AB, as the overall team points score lead over second-place Alberta was extended from 13.5 after day 1 to 31.5 points.
While we were pleased with the performance of our swimmers on the first day, the event list didn’t mesh particularly well with our strengths on the women’s squad; that was not the case on the second day, as those exceptional performances translated into many more gold and silver medals.
This was punctuated by Wendy Yang (RAPID) winning the women’s 50 Free in a new SwimBC record time of 25.43, as well as Jordyn Ryan (COMOX) following that up with a come-from-behind win in the women’s 200 Fly.
Molly Gowans (UVPCS) picked up her second individual gold medal of the meet with a win in 400 Free, followed closely by Mackenzie Padington (CRKW). The format of the meet restricts team from advancing more than two swimmers to finals; if that was not the case, TeamBC was a likely bet to sweep the medals, as we also had the third- and fourth-fastest swimmers coming out of prelims.
Aimee Brennan (SKSC) continued her domination of the girls para-events with wins in 50 Free and 100 Fly, while Maggie Manning (CSSSC) came through with a phenomenal improvement in the 50 Free to claim her first medal of the meet by finishing third in that event.
Over on the men’s side, meanwhile, TeamBC continued to steamroll the rest of the competition, running the table on Day 2 in winning every event, including both relays, and either silver or bronze in all but one of the events.
Colin Gilbert (KCS) picked up another pair of individual gold medals with wins in the 200 Fly and 400 Free; Josh Zakala (KAJ) took gold in 200 Back, then turned around five minutes later to claim bronze in 400 Free; and Tai Long Singh continued to dominate the sprint events in winning 50 Free.
Ethan Phillips came through with his first medal of the meet with a lifetime PB in 200 Back while finishing second; and Ian Ralston (CRKW) and Aidan McDonough (PSW) continued to bookend the podium in the boys para-events with Ian taking gold in 50 Free and 100 Fly and Aidan the bronze in both of those events.