The 2017 Canadian Swimming Championships kicked off in Montreal on Friday, with BC athletes competing hard and coming away with fantastic results right off the bat. Events of the day included the Women’s 800 Free, Men’s 1500m Free, 200m Back, 50m Free, 200m Breast, 400m Free, and the 4x200m Free Relay.
Fresh off her first FINA World Championships meet, Mackenzie Padington (ISC) took home gold, the first BC medal of the night, in the Women’s 800m Free with a time of 8:39.23. Fellow ISC athlete Molly Gowans finished in 6th with a time of 8:52.36, while Octavia Lau (HYACK) claimed 7th place with a time of 8:59.19. Rounding off the top ten were Megan Dalke (KCS) and Ellie Maradyn (UBCD) touching the wall with the times of 9:02.95 and 9:04.81 for 9th and 10th respectively.
SwimBC athletes continued the country dominance of distance events into the Men’s 1500m Free, as Josh Zakala (ISC) finished 2nd with a time of 15.28.54. Finishing in the middle of the pack were 4th place finisher Jon McKay (UVPCS) and 5th place finisher Hau-Li Fan (UBCD) finishing just over three seconds apart with times of 15:35.25 and 15:38.51. Tim Woinoski (SFA) finished 9th in the event with a time of 16:01.25 while Brodie Young (HYACK), who ripped up the Canadian Junior Swimming Championships last week, capped off the top ten with a time of 16:05.59.
Moving to the Women’s 200m Backstroke, Jade Hannah (ISC) was the top BC female finisher, touching the wall in 4th place with a time of 2:12.64. The Men’s 200m Backstroke featured a medal sweep for BC swimmers. Markus Thormeyer (UBCD), Rob Hill (CHENA), and Josiah Binnema UBCD) each took home some hardware as they all finished within a second of each other. Thormeyer was the only athlete under two minutes, as he finished in 1:59.76 for gold. Nicolas Duke (CHENA) also competed in the Men’s 200m Backstroke, finishing in 7th place with a time of 2:03.80.
The Women’s Para 50m Free featured Amber Thomas (NRST, S11), who raced to a 5th place finish with a time of 34.98. Later on, Thomas also competed hard to claim a silver medal in the Women’s Para 400m Freestyle, finishing with a time of 5:47.15. Going ahead to the Men’s 50m Free, Yuri Kisil (UBCD) finished 1st to claim the gold medal in a time of 22.11. Carson Olafson (UBCD) closed out the race, touching in 10th with a clean time of 24.00.
The Women’s 200m Breast featured two ISC teammates duking it out for a very tightly contested race to the finish. Sarah Darcel and Faith Knelson each took home a medal, finishing 2nd and 3rd with times of 2:28.12 and 2:128.45 respectively. Hillary Metcalfe (LOSC) finished up in 4th place with a time of 2:32.92. Switching gears to the Men’s 200m Breaststroke, James Dergousoff (CHENA) took home the silver medal with a time of 2:14.10. UBCD athlete Colin Eriks finished in 9th with a time 2:18.90.
The UBCD were the only BC representative in the 4x200m Relay, but they showed up with the teams they had in. Starting with on the Women’s side, Maia Brundage, Paige Bergen, Ingrid Wilm, and Mackenzie Gunther worked hard to take home the bronze medal in a time of 8:22.25. Moving to the dominate Men’s side, the UBCD A team featured Carson Olafson, Markus Thormeyer, Araya Therrien, and Luke Reilly, who took home the gold medal in a time of 7:31.49. The UBCD B team finished just outside of a medal spot, claiming 4th with a team of Yuri Kisil, Colin Eriks, Josiah Binnema, and Hau-Li Fan.
That wraps up Day 1 of the Canadian Swimming Championships. Congrats to all the athletes who raced and goodluck heading into the rest of the meet!