The first night of finals at the 2016 Canadian Swimming Championships, running August 4-7, at the Kinsmen Sports Centre in Edmonton, AB, proved to be a showcase for the next wave of BC swimming.
With most of the province's (and country's) best swimmers currently in Rio preparing for the Olympics (competition starts Saturday morning), there is significant opportunity for some new stars to emerge.
Case in point was Rob Hill (CHENA) who claimed his first national championship with a win in the men's 200 Backstroke, in a time of 2:01.50. Nicolas Duke, competing in his first "A" final at a senior national meet was an impressive fourth in that same race.
SwimBC athletes swept the men's 1500 Free, wtih Peter Brothers (ISC) taking the win in 15:20.45, while, Jon McKay (UVPCS) took the silver, and Brothers' teammate, Josh Zakala, picked up the bronze.
Mackenzie Padington (ISC) won her first-ever senior national medal in the women's 200 Breastroke, taking the bronze in that event, while on the men's side, James Dergousoff proved to be the class of the field, winning by over two seconds in 2:13.30.
Danica Ludlow (ISC) took the silver in the women's 800 Free, with Megan Dalke scoring her best-ever finish at a senior national meet by taking fourth.
The 4x200 Free Relays wrapped up the first day's competition and the BC swimmers dominated there, with ISC taking the gold in the women's race, and UBCDS and CHENA going gold-silver, respectively in the men's race.