Athletes from BC got off to a hot start at the 2017 Canadian Junior Championships in Toronto, as there were many medals and finals to go around. Day one events included 100m Butterfly, 200m Backstroke, Boys 1500m Freestyle, and the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay.
Ryley McRae (KCS) had one of the strongest finals from a BC swimmer on Wednesday, as he attacked every race he swam and posted some great results in the process. Kicking off the meet with the Boys 1500m Freestyle, McRae dominated the race and finished with a time of 15:35.87 en route to claiming a gold medal. Coming in behind McRae were two other BC athletes in Raben Dommann (CHENA) and Brodie Young (HYACK), finishing second and third with final times of 15:58.19 and 16:01.33 respectively. McRae continued his excellence into the Boys 14-16 100m Fly finals, claiming a bronze medal with a time of 57.46. Not too far behind, Austin Phillips (ISC) touched in the wall in 7th with a time of 57.96.
The Girls 15-17 100m Butterfly featured some BC athletes who competed hard to get that second swim in the A final while posting some best times in the process. Avery Movold (PGB) finished in 6th place with a best time of 1:02.45, while Octavia Lau (HYACK) touched in 9th with a time of 1:02.88.
Another highlight of the night was Tai Long Singh’s (WDSC) first place finish in the Boys 17-18 100m Fly final. He set a new personal best of 54.98 and was the only male athlete to get under 55 seconds on the night. Also in the final was another BC swimmer in Amar Fejzic (HYACK), who touched in 7th place with a time of 56.21.
The last event of the night was the Mixed 4x100m Free Relay, which featured two BC teams finishing in the top 10. The ISC team, made up of Brian Ni, Mathew Fuller, Emiko Osbourne, and Kyla Ross, touched in 8th place with a time of 3:47.08. Just over a second behind them, the VPSC team of Joel Goh, Joe Zhang, Mackenzie Gunther, and Alexander Turvey finished in 9th with a time of 3:48.18.
ISC leads the way in BC team scores after day one, placing in 13th with 54 overall points. Right at their heels are HYACK and WDSC with 50 points each and tied for 14th to round out the top three BC team scores.
Swim BC athletes got off to a great start and will be looking to build on the momentum from day!