SwimBC swimmers carried the momentum they started on the first day of the 2017 Canadian Junior Swimming Championships over to Day 2, which translated into a total of four medals, 14 “A” finalists, and 11 “B” finalists. Events from Thursday include the 100m freestyle, 400m IM, and the 800m freestyle relay.
The Girls 13-14 100m FR saw two SwimBC girls just miss cracking the minute barrier. Nicolleta Panos (VPSC) touched 9th in 1:00.46, followed closely by Kelsey Fillion (VKSC) who touched in 1:00.52. Mackenzie Gunther swam to a 5th place finish in the Girls 15-17 100m FR. Her time of 57.77 was 0.11 seconds off of the podium. On the boys side, Matthew Fuller (ISC) touched 9th in the Boys 17-18 100m FR in 52.86.
Ellie Maradyn (VPSC) had a huge swim in the Girls 15-17 400m IM, highlighted by a strong breaststroke leg that bumped her from She nabbed the bronze medal in a new best time. She was followed by Chantel Jeffrey (CSSSC) who took 9th in 5:04.13. In her second “A” final of the evening, Panos touched the wall in 5:13.52 to take 6th place.
One of the highlights of the evening was the Boys 14-16 400m IM, where three SwimBC swimmers made the “A” final. Brodie Young (HYACK) won in 4:30.38 after a tight race for first. He was trailing until the final 100 meters behind Oakville’s Collyn Gagne, until Young charged through the freestyle leg to capture the title by 0.19 seconds. Raben Dommann (CHENA) finished just out of the medals by 0.6 seconds in 4:37.46, which was good enough for a 4th place finish. Sehajvir Singh (HYACK) swam to an 8th place finish in 4:45.21. In the 17-18 race, Conner Skuse (PSW) took 5th in a time of 4:41.22
To cap off the evening, Panos, Gunther, and Maradyn teamed up with Alexandra Turvey to nab a bronze medal in the Girls 13-17 800m FR relay for VPSC. On the boys side, the ISC team of Matthew Fuller, Ethan Phillips, Austin Phillips, and Brian Ni touched in second to get the silver. They were followed by the 7th place finishing team of Martin Dimitrov, Micah Lab, Sehajvir Singh, and Brodie Young (HYACK).
In team points, HYACK has pulled ahead of ISC as the top scoring SwimBC team. They are currently sitting in 7th place with 202.5 points. ISC also cracked the top 10 with 166 points in 10th place. VPSC rounds out the top three SwimBC teams in 16th place with 112 points.
With three more days of pool competition left, there’s still ample opportunity for some more fast swimming. Best of luck to all SwimBC athletes throughout the rest of the meet!