Continuing the momentum from the first day, SwimBC athletes kicked it up a notch going into Day 2 and found even more success. Events of the day included the 200m Freestyle, 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 400m IM, 50m Breast, and the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay.
Starting the night with the busiest event in terms of BC athletes, Mackenzie Padington (ISC) found success in the Women’s 200m Free. Padington touched in at 2:00.26, which was good for a bronze medal. Fellow ISC athlete Molly Gowans also swam in the final, coming in 10th at 2:05.02. The Men’s side featured a BC sweep of the podium, with Jeremy Bagshaw (ISC) taking home the gold medal with a time of 1:48.56. Carson Olafson and Yuri Kisil (UBCD) finished 2nd and 3rd with times of 1:49.32 and 1:49.38 respectively. Touching in 6th place was Colin Gilbert (KCS) with a time of 1:50.95, while Cale Murdock finished two spots back with a time of 1:52.47. Riley McLean (KISU, S4) swam hard to a 5th place finish in the Men’s 200 Para category, touching in with a time of 4:13.09. Aleksa Cakalj (SFNV, S4) went a 5:48.90 en route to a 7th place finish as well.
Moving ahead to the Women’s 100m Back, Ingrid Wilm (UBCD) took home her first of two silver medals on the night with a time of 1:00.58. Not far behind, Jade Hannah (ISC) claimed fourth place with a time of 1:01.08, which set a BC provincial record for the Girl’s 15-17 100m Backstroke. Finishing right after her teammate was Danielle Hanus (ISC) with a time of 1:02.33. A couple UBCD athletes claimed the top two spots on the Men’s side, as Markus Thormeyer and Josiah Binnema snagged some hardware with times of 54.87 and 56.55. Touching in just outside of a medal spot was Tim Zeng (CHENA) with a time of 56.69.
The Women’s 400m IM featured Sarah Darcel (ISC), who dominated en route to the gold medal. Finishing with a time of 4:39.99, Darcel finished about 6.50 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Hilary Metcalfe (LOSC) touched in fourth place with a time of 4:53.66, while Megan Dalke (KCS) finished in sixth place with a time of 4:54.97. Coming in tenth place was Ellie Maradyn (UBCD) with a time of 5:01.05. Josh Zakala led the Men’s side for BC athletes as he took home the silver medal with a time of 4:22.07. A string of BC swimmers finished consecutively, starting with Colin Eriks (UBCD) claiming fourth place with a time of 4:22.78, followed by Rob Hill (CHENA) touching at 4:23.03. Capping off the group exactly two seconds behind Hill in sixth place was Luke Reilly (UBCD), finishing with a time of 4:25.03.
Another ISC swimmer led the way for BC athletes, as 15 year old Faith Knelson sprinted to a first place finish in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke with a time of 31.27. Just over a second behind was Hilary Metcalfe (LOSC), finishing in fourth with a time of 32.32. Sophie Tarrant posted a 32.95, good for eighth in the final.
The final event of the night, the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay, featured two more strong UBCD teams. The UBCD A team, led by Ingrid Wilm, Josiah Binnema, Ellie Maradyn, and Yuri Kisil, placed second with a time of 3:56.05. In addition, the UBCD B team, comprised of Darian Fry, Giselle Steiner, Ryder McGinnis, and Mackenzie Gunther, also swam in the final, placing sixth and finishing with a time of 4:03.95. HYACK also had a team compete in the final, as Mia Bottrill, Justin Kiedrzyn, Brodie Young, and Octavia Lau finished with a time of 4:07.26, good for eighth place.
Congrats to all athletes who competed and good luck going into the second half of the meet!