BC Squad Continues Strong Showing at 2018 OJI

Following up on an excellent first day of the competition, the fifteen-member contingent of Swim BC’s “Team BC” at the 2018 Ontario Junior International continued to deliver. In addition to the fifteen swimmers comprising “Team BC” at this meet, swimmers from HYACK, RAPID, COMOX, and SPART were also in attendance, making BC by far the most dominant province outside of the host Ontario.

200Fly kicked off the night’s finals session, where Chantel Jeffrey (ISC) was the top BC finisher in sixth place, and less than 30 minutes later was back in the water to race 400 Free, where she finished eighth.  In that 400 Free event, Octavia Lau (HYACK) stayed in close contention for a podium placing through the first half of the race, but couldn’t hold the pace and finished fourth.

Her teammate at HYACK, Sehajvir Singh, swam what was probably his best race of the meet in the men’s 400Free, being within a couple tenths of the leader through the first 300m, and taking a strong run in the final 100, but not being able to close and thus taking the silver medal with a new lifetime best in the event.

Gold-medal winning 4x100 Free Relay team of (L—>R) Haley Klenk, Axana Merckx, Kyla Leibel, Chantel Jeffrey

Gold-medal winning 4x100 Free Relay team of (L—>R) Haley Klenk, Axana Merckx, Kyla Leibel, Chantel Jeffrey

Kyla Leibel (ISC) continued her streak of striking a medal each time she hit the water at night, taking the silver in the women’s 50 Free; that was matched over on the men’s side by James LeBuke (CSSSC) has he had his best finish in the meet, while Haley Klenk (SPART) finished fifth in 100 Back, and Joshua Kim (LOSC) was sixth in the men’s 200 Breast.  Leibel added another gold in the final individual event of the night, 50 Fly, to continue her impressive medal run at the meet.

The Swim BC relay team of Leibel, Axana Merckx (KAJ), Klenk, and Jeffrey, matched the Team BC gold medal from the 4x200 F.R. in Saturday’s 4x100 F.R., while the men’s team of LeBuke, Justice Migneault (SKSC) , Joshua Kim (LOSC), and Scott Pfeifer (SKSC) moved up one placing from Friday to finish fifth.