KISU Wins Its First Provincial Championship

It was a closely-fought battle between two clubs through the entire weekend of SwimBC's 2018 Tier II Winter Swimming Championships in Kamloops on March 2-4, but in the end it was the Kisu Swim Club out of Penticton that narrowly edged out Island Swimming Club of Victoria to capture its first-ever Provincial Championship.

Not only was this the first provincial championship for Kisu Swim Club, it marked the first time a club outside of Victoria or the Lower Mainland has won a Provincial Championship in recent memory, and perhaps ever!

ISC pulled within thirteen points of KISU midway through the last finals session on Sunday, but could never quite close the gap through the individual events. And then with strong performances in the relays to close out the meet on Sunday night, KISU took home the team title.

It's been a remarkable run for KISU since an almost-year-long pool shut-down for renovations in 2010-2011 severely cut into membership of the club; since that time, however, Head Coach Tina Hoeben and the rest of the organization has steadily built a swimming force to be reckoned with, regularly finishing in the Top 5 clubs at Provincial Championships in the past few years.  

And not to be overlooked, this is also the first time that a woman has been the head coach of a Provincial Championship-winning club. Congratulations to everyone at Kisu!

The final team standings were as follows:

  1. KISU 1210.5
  2. ISC 1165
  3. VPSC 724
  4. SFA 695
  5. KWIC 585.5
  6. LOSC 563
  7. SKSC 529.5
  8. HYACK 497.5
  9. WVOSC 490
  10. SPART 396

The races on the final night of finals provided some more spectacular results.

Peter Huang (HYACK) continued to shatter records. He broke the Boy’s 11-12 provincial record in the 800m FR with a time of 8:52.66, which was over 10 seconds faster than the previous provincial record set back in 2010. Huang also did another provincial record/national record breaking combination, as he also slid under the national record set just last year. 

Other highlights from the evening include the Girl’s 16-18 200m FR, Girl’s 14 and under 200m BK, Boy’s 16-18 100m BR, and Boy’s 15 and under 400m IM.

The Girl’s 16-18 200m FR had a night race for the second and third medal positions. Anna Dumont-Belanger (SPART) hit the wall in a 2:01.65, a little over two seconds ahead of the rest of the field. In the race for the remaining medal positions, Kyra Forrest (ISC) edged out her ISC teammates for silver in a time of 2:03.96. Following closely behind Forrest was bronze medallist Kelsey Andrusak (ISC) in a 2:04.51 and fourth place finisher Alicia Eisen (ISC) in a 2:04.74.

The Girl’s 14 and under 200m BK had a similar race, with Thea Masselink (ISC) touching three seconds ahead of the field in a 2:20.46. Taylor Fitzgerald (WLBF) touched second in a 2:23.69, and Stephanie Lee (PSW) edged out Madisen Jacques (HYACK) by 0.01 seconds to claim the final medal of the event.

The Boy’s 100m BR showcased perhaps one of the closest races of the meet in the medal positions, with the top three boys touching within 0.05 seconds of each other. Ruishen Yu (SKSC) came out on top in a 1:03.56, followed by Joe Zhang (VPSC) in a 1:03.58, and Joshua Kim (LOSC) in a 1:03.61.

The Boy’s 400m IM came down to the FR leg, with the top 3 boys hitting the 300m wall within a second of each other. Justin Fotherby (KISU) pulled ahead to touch in 4:34.99 followed by Hugh McNeil (LOSC) in a 4:36.35, and Justice Migneault (SKSC) in a 4:41.20. 

Congratulations to all athletes and coaches on your performances this past weekend, and best of luck with the rest of your seasons! A big thank you to all officials, sponsors, volunteers, and parents who worked so hard this weekend to make the swim meet a success.