The BC contingent at the 2018 Ontario Junior International, being held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, got off to an exemplary start, as three BC athletes stood atop the podium to accept the awards for the women’s 1500Free.
Octavia Lau (HYACK) took the gold medal, while Chantel Jeffrey (ISC) and Kyla Ross (ISC) took silver and bronze, respectively.
Swim BC, as part of its Select Training Squad initiative, had a team of fifteen swimmers at the meet, while swimmers from HYACK, RAPID, COMOX, and SPART were also in attendance.
The first finals race of the meet saw Kyla Leibel (ISC) - there as part of Swim BC’s fifteen member Select Training Squad initiative - take the silver the women’s 200 Free, while Chantel Jeffrey placed sixth in the final. The men’s 200 Free final saw Matthew Meuleman (RAPID) finish sixth in the championship final with his lifetime best in 1:51.63, while James LeBuke (CSSSC), another member of the Swim BC contingent at the meet, won the “B” final of the 200Free, posting a lifetime best almost five seconds faster than his time coming into the meet.
Another member of the Swim BC squad at the meet, Ashley McMillan (KISU), among the youngest swimmers at the 18&U meet at age 14, had a superb 400IM, finishing fifth in a time of 4:45.06, while another of the Swim BC group, Axana Merckx (KAJ) finished eighth.
Kyla Leibel won her second medal of the night, this time gold, in the 100 fly, then followed that up not much later leading out the Swim BC girls 4x200Free Relay team of Kyla Ross, Chantel Jeffrey, and Haley Klenk (SPART) to a gold medal in that event.
The boys team of Justice Migneault, James LeBuke, Joshua Kim, and Andy Cho easily surpassed their combined best times coming into the meet en route to a fifth place finish.