BC swimmers lit up the pool on Thursday at the Kinsmen Sports Centre in Edmonton, with several of them adding their names to the Pan Pacific Championships roster. Events included the Men’s 1500m FR, 100m FR, 100m FR para multi-class, 200m FL, 100m BK, and 100m BK para multi-class.
BC men dominated the podium in the 100m FR. UBCSC teammates Yuri Kisil (UBCSC) and Markus Thormeyer (UBCSC) were neck and neck for the entire race. Thormeyer was out 0.05 seconds faster than Kisil, but Kisil won the final touch by a margin of 0.02 with a time of 49.14 over Thormeyer’s 49.16. Kisil adds his name to the Pan Pacific Championships team roster in both the individual event and the 4x100m FR relay. Thormeyer, who already qualified for the team in the 200m event yesterday will add the 4x100m FR relay to his schedule in Tokyo next month. Their UBCSC compatriot Carson Olafson (UBCSC) finished in sixth place in a time of 50.10. Arianna Hunsicker (S10SB9SM10) (SKSC) placed sixth in the Women’s para multi-class event in a time of 1:07.35
BC women grazed the podium in the Women’s 200m FL. Josie Field (LOSC) hit the wall in a 2:15.99 for fourth place, just 0.14 seconds from the bronze medal. Megan Dalke followed just behind her for fifth place in a time of 2:16.14. Chantel Jeffrey (ISC) touched seventh in a 2:18.78, followed by Octavia Lau (HYACK) in ninth in a time of 2:19.38, and Emily Overholt (UBCSC) in tenth in a time of 2:19.73. On the Men’s side, Dimitriy Lim (SFA) finished fourth in a 2:03.25 and Nicolaas Dekker hit the wall in sixth place in a time of 2:03.84.
Half of the heat in the Women’s 100m BK was composed of BC women. Danielle Hanus (ISC) was the top finisher in second place with a time of 1:00.62 - she finished behind world record holder Kylie Masse. Ingrid Wilm (UBCSC) finished just off the podium in fourth place in a time of 1:01.41. Jade Hannah (ISC) touched just 0.19 seconds behind her to claim fifth place. Olivia Ellard (UBCSC) touched in a 1:02.79 for seventh and Molly Gowans (ISC) rounded out the BC swimmers with an eighth place finish in a time of 1:02.90. Thormeyer continued his medal winning streak in the Men’s 200m BK - his time of 54.30 earned him an additional swim at the Pan Pacific Championships next month. Josiah Binnema (UBCSC) was the next highest BC finisher with a fourth place finish in a time of 56.05. Tim Zeng (CHENA) was the final BC swimmer to touch the wall with an eighth place finish in a time of 57.37. The Women’s para multi-class event had two BC finalists - hUnsicker and Danielle Kisser (S6SB6SM6) (DELTA). Hunsicker finished in a 1:20.34 for seventh place and Kisser touched in a 1:45.75 to claim tenth place.
Congratulations to all swimmers on your outstanding swimming, and keep up the momentum over the remaining sessions!