The penultimate day of the 2017 Canadian Junior Swimming Championships featured several dominant swims from SwimBC athletes. Saturday’s events included the 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke, and 400m freestyle relay.
SwimBC swimmers were prevalent in the 200m freestyle for both women and men. In the girls 13-14 event, Nicolleta Panos (VPSC) touched in 2:09.09 which was good enough for 5th place. In the 15-17 event, Avery Movold (PGB) just out touched Chantel Jeffrey (CSSSC) for 9th place. Movold and Jeffrey finished in 2:07.95 and 2:08.23, respectively. On the boys side, Ryley McRae charged ahead on the last 100 of the boys 14-16 event but fell just short of the podium by 0.03 seconds. His 4th place time of 1:55.16; however, was better than his entry time by 1.5 seconds! Raben Domain (CHENA) touched in 1:56.41 for 6th place and Brodie Young (HYACK) came 8th in 1:56.56. One of the highlights of the evening was Matthew Fuller’s (ISC) gold medal swim in the boys 17-18 200m freestyle. Fuller dominated the rest of the field by 2.5 seconds, and he dropped a little over two seconds off of his entry time to touch in a time of 1:51.68.
The 100m backstroke saw three SwimBC swimmers in the A finals. Avery Movold (PGB) was the sole female. She touched the wall in 8th place with a time of 1:05.60 in the girls 15-17 event. On the boys side, Scott Pfeifer (SKSC) finished in 1:00.58 in the boys 14-16 race, which was good enough for 9th place. In the boys 17-18 race, Daniel Gerlach (UBCDS) touched just out of the medals in 5th place with a time of 58.28
Elli Maradyn (VPSC) led the way for the 200m breaststroke finalists. Maradyn was the sole SwimBC female in the event, and she touched in 2:36.78, just out of the medals for the 15-17 year old girls. Her teammate Joe Zhang (VPSC) led the charge for the 14-16 year old boys event with a bronze medal finish in a time of 2:22.78. He was followed by Brodie Young (HYACK) in 8th place and James LeBuke (CSSSC) in 9th.
Three SwimBC relay teams made the finals. The VPSC girls team of Alexandra Turvey, Nicolleta Panos, Giselle Steiner, and Mackenzie Gunther nabbed the silver in a time of 3:54.29. On the boys side, ISC’s Matthew Fuller, Ethan Phillips, Austin Phillips, and Brian Ni touched just out of the medals in 4th in 3:32.00. They were followed closely by HYACK’s Amar Fejzic, Micah Lau, Martin Dimitrov, and Brodie Young. The HYACK team finished 10th in 3:39.17.
In team points, HYACK continues to lead the way for SwimBC teams. They are in 8th overall with 315.5 points. ISC follows a mere 24.5 points back in 10th place. VPSC rounds out the top 3 SwimBC teams with 271 points in 13th place.
With only one more day left in the competition in the pool, here’s to more fantastic swims and a strong finish to the inaugural 2017 Canadian Junior Swimming Championships!