SwimBC athletes capped off the last day of pool competition with a bang, bringing home more hardware and garnering even more second swims. Events of Day 5 included 50m Free, 200m IM, 400m Free, and the 4x100m Medley Relay.
Kicking off the day with the shortest event of the meet, SwimBC had one representative in each age category for the A finals of the 50m Free. The girls 13-14 representative was Andrea Kraetzer (KWIC) and she took off a total of .40 for a new best time of 27.55 en route to a 6th place finish. For the girls 15-17 category, Mackenzie Gunther (VPSC) was the highest placing SwimBC athlete in this event, touching in 4th with a time of 26.89. Moving on to the boys 14-16 category, James LeBuke (CSSSC) finished the final tied for 8th place with a time of 24.59. Finally, Rhys Marlatt (CTSC) went a new personal best with 24.20, which was good for 8th in the final.
Brodie Young (HYACK) swam hard in Toronto and continued the excellence into the boys 14-16 200 IM, where he took home his third medal of the meet, finishing 2nd with a time of 2:07.86. Connor Skuse (PSW) battled to go a best time and finish 5th in the boys 17-18 category with a time of 2:11.23.
The girls 15-17 400 Free had four SwimBC representatives finish in the the top 8. Leading the way was Octavia Lau (HYACK), who captured a silver medal with a time of 4:22.94. Not far behind her was Kyla Ross (ISC), finishing 4th with a new best time of 4:23.66. Touching the wall in 5th place, Avery Movold (PGB) closed out her strong meet with a time of 4:24.38. Chantel Jeffery (CSSSC) rounded off the SwimBC swimmers, finishing 8th with a time of 4:27.31.
Bringing home three medals in the process, the boys 400 free featured multiple strong races from SwimBC athletes. Ryley McRae (KCS) claimed a silver medal in the 14-16 category with a time of 4:01.83. His time was good for the 3rd fastest time from the meet out of everyone. Not to be out done, Raben Dommann (CHENA) captured a bronze medal right behind McRae, with a time of 4:04.38. Martin Dimitrov (HYACK) was a presence in the A final, finishing 6th with a time of 4:09.19. Moving the 17-18 category, the fastest 400 free of the meet belonged to Mathew Fuller (ISC), who dominated his heat en route to a gold medal and a new personal best of 4:00.14. Fuller dropped just over five seconds to take home first place in the last individual race of the meet.
The VPSC team finished a strong 4th place in the girls 4x100 Medley Relay. Made up of a team that featured Giselle Steiner, Ellie Maradyn, Alexandra Turvey, and Mackenzie Gunther, the girls time totalled to 4:23.94, just a second faster than their morning swim.
The 2017 Canadian Junior Swimming Championships finished up in the pool and will now head outside to complete the open water swims. A BIG congratulations to all the athletes, everyone fought hard and fast, and it showed in the results. Thank you to the coaches, swimmers, officials, volunteers, sponsors, and parents who helped make this meet possible.