The 2017 Canadian Swimming Championships came to a close on Monday night in Montreal following some fast swimming from all of the SwimBC teams. Events from the day included the 100m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly, 100m Breastroke, 4 x 100m Medley relay, the Women’s 1500m Freestyle, and the Men’s 800m Freestyle.
Danielle Hanus (ISC) was the first SwimBC finalist of the night. Hanus swam to a ninth place finish in a close Women’s 100m Freestyle final, finishing in a time of 57.26. In the men’s event, Yuri Kisil (UBCD) claimed the gold medal in a blistering time of 48.56. His teammate Carson Olafson (UBCD) swam to a fifth place finish in 50.55. SwimBC compatriot Jeremy Bagshaw (ISC) followed closely behind in sixth with a time of 50.79. For the S1 to S13 Women’s event, Amber Thomas (NRST) touched the wall in 1:15.98 to earn a fifth place finish.
In the Women’s 200m Butterfly, Sarah Darcel (ISC) led the way up until the last 50 meters. Darcel ended up just being out touched for gold, landing her in second place. Her teammate Jordyn Ryan (ISC) was the next SwimBC finalist to touch the wall. Ryan touched in 2:17.34 to earn eighth place. Following Ryan was Lauren Swistak (SFA), who snuck under the 2:20 barrier to claim ninth place. On the men’s side, Robert Hill (CHENA) was the top finisher. Hill placed fourth, just 0.27 seconds off of the podium, with a time of 2:02.31. Colin Eriks (UBCD) touched in seventh place in 2:03.41. Just behind Eriks was Nicolas Duke (CHENA), who swam to an eighth place finish in 2:03.81. Nicolaas Dekker (RAPID) rounded out the final in tenth place in a time of 2:06.24.
Faith Knelson (ISC) led the way for the female 100m Breastroke with a swift time of 1:08.36. Knelson touched in second just 0.02 seconds off of the first place finisher. Knelson set the SwimBC provincial record for the 15-17 age category with this swim. Hillary Metcalfe (LOSC) finished a second off of the podium in 1:10.67, which was good enough for fourth place. Sophie Tarrant (UVPCS) finished sixth in 1:11.56. James Dergousoff (CHENA) was the top finisher on the men’s side, following a fourth place finish in a time of 1:03.30. His teammate Benjamin Blackmon (CHENA) slid into ninth place in 1:05.85.
One of the highlights of the evening was the Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay. The ISC team of Danielle Hanus, Faith Knelson, Jade Hannah, and Sarah Darcel captured the gold medal in a time of 4:08.17. This time puts them two seconds under the previous SwimBC provincial record, which was set back in 2007. The UBCD team of Ingrid Wilm, Ellie Maradyn, Giselle Steiner, and Mackenzie Gunther claimed the bronze in 4:13.53. On the men’s side, CHENA’s team of Robert Hill, James Dergousoff, Nicolas Duke, and Tim Zeng touched first in 3:45.15. They were followed closely by the second place UBCD team of Darian Fry, Ryder McGinnis, Carson Olafson, and Yuri Kisil. The UBCD team touched in 3:46.12. HYACK’s Amor Fejzic, Brodie Young, Justin Kiedrzyn, and Martin Dimitrov rounded out the final in tenth place with a time of 3:58.88.
In Women’s 1500m Freestyle, Mackenzie Padington (ISC) hit the wall in a time of 16:38.47, snagging the gold medal. Ellie Maradyn (UBCD) swam to a seventh place finish with a time of 17:23.04. Brooke Lamoureux (ISC) followed in eighth place in 17:25.74. Octavia Lau (HYACK) rounded out the top ten in 17:30.88. Half of the men’s top 10 for the 800m Freestyle was composed of SwimBC athletes. Josh Zakala (ISC) earned the silver in 8:05.15. Colin Gilbert (KCS) hit the wall next in 8:12.61 for fifth place. Hau-Li Fan (UBCD) followed in sixth with a time of 8:14.66, with a strong last 100 meters. Jon McKay (UVPCS) was ahead of Li until the final 100 meters when Li turned on the jets. McKay finished seventh in 8:16.46. Tim Woinoski (SFA) nabbed eighth place in 8:26.13.
In team points, UBCD finished second with 1025 points, ISC followed in third with 985 points and CHENA rounded out the top three SwimBC teams with 401 points. UBCD earned the Men’s Team Championships banner and ISC earned the Women’s Team Championships banner. Sarah Darcel (ISC) tied for the female point aggregate and Yuri Kisil claimed second on the men’s side, as the top SwimBC point scorers.
Congratulations to all of the swimmers, coaches, support staff, parents, and sponsors for the incredible meet!