BC Swimmers Continue to Excel at Commonwealth Games

SwimBC athletes continued to contribute to the record-breaking success of Team Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Australia's Gold Coast, with more finals swims as well as a pair of additional medals.

After a fourth-place finish in the women's 200 Breastroke, Kierra Smith, who grew up swimming with LLSC in West Kelowna, was able to capture the silver medal in the 100 Breastroke with a time of 1:07.05. Given that the 200 is typically her stronger event, this was a great bounce-back performance for Smith.

In that 100m race, Faith Knelson (HPC-Victoria) finished a close fourth in 1:07.84, moving up from her seventh-place finish in the 50m Breastroke earlier in the meet.  

Sarah Darcel (HPC-Victoria) similarly built from a medal near-miss in the 400IM to win the silver in the 200IM with a time of 2:11.14 - her lifetime best in the event.

And a couple of BC boys made a big step forward in their respective events. Markus Thormeyer (HPC-Vancouver), after his bronze medal performance in 100 Backstroke, put up a lifetime best time of 1:57.82 en route to a fifth-place finish in 200 Backstroke.  His teammate and training partner, Josiah Binnema, who did his age group swimming with Prince George Barracudas, had a fifth-place finish in 100 Fly with a time of :53.11.

Yuri Kisil (HPC-Vancouver) was the fourth-fastest finals qualifier for the men's 50 Free which will take place on the final day of competition, while Jade Hannah (HPC-Victoria) added another final swim for herself, qualifying eighth in the semi-finals.