Following up on a strong performance by SwimBC clubs in the pool events at the 2016 Canadian Age Group Championships in Calgary, many of those same clubs ventured to a the Arbour Lake subdivision in Calgary to contest the open water race.
The four age groups per gender being contested were split by distance (approx. 2K and 5K) as well as gender (boys and girls) meaning there were four starts, the first of which got underway shortly after 8am, with the water temperature at 19C, while the air was a “refreshing” 9C.
Not having to wait for the ice to melt off our lakes and oceans probably does something to help our swimmers in the open water discipline, and the results seemed to bear that out.
As she had through the weekend, Ashley McMillan (KISU) was the first medal-winner of the session, taking the bronze in the 12yr. girls 2K race. Charlie Ford (RAPID) went one better than that taking silver in the 13yr. girls event. Rounding out the shorter event was Anthony Gutierrez (UVPCS) who won the 13yr. boys 2K race.
In the longer races is where the SwimBC kids really dominated, however, taking over half of the available medals including a sweep of the 14yr. girls event. In that race, Sophia Brunoro (SFA) won gold, followed by Acacia Benn (KISU) and Molly Fogarty (CSSSC).
Molly’s teammate Chantel Jeffrey won the 15yr. girls race, managing to just barely get past Erin Jennings (UVPCS) on the final of seven laps.
In the boys 5K races, Micah Lau and Jakob Garricks of Hyack took the gold and silver, respectively, while their teammate, Chun Sin Leung took silver in the 17-18yr. boys.
Alex Woinoski (SFA) won gold in the 15yr. boys race while Brodie Young (HYACK) and Raben Dommann (CHENA) raced to silver and bronze.
Those performance, combined with Zoe Froh’s performance, allowed Hyack, then, to claim the overall team title and Open Water Championship banner.
Complete results available at the bottom of the "live results" link.