Following great successes at the 2018 Canadian Trials last weekend, Canada’s best junior swimmers gathered in Winnipeg on Wednesday to kick off the 2018 Canadian Junior Swimming Championships at the Pan Am Pool. BC swimmers are amongst the 702 athletes competing this weekend. Age groups include 13-17 year old women and 14-18 year old men. Events for the first day of competition included the 800m FR, 100m FL, 200m BK, and Mixed 400m FR relay.
Naeva Scott Bouris (UVPCS) led out the meet with a fourth place finish in the Women's 13-14 800m FR in a time of 9:16.52, just 2.89 seconds off the podium. Iris Tinmouth (COMOX) placed tenth in a time of 9:30.21. The ISC women showed their distance swimming prowess in the Women’s 15-17 800m FR. Chantel Jeffrey (ISC) picked up a bronze medal in a time of 9:04.37. Her teammates Kyla Ross (ISC) and Kelsey Andrusak (ISC) finished in fifth in a time of 9:08.62 and tenth in a time of 9:11.93, respectively. On the men’s side, Calvin Slinn (WDSC) was the top BC finisher in the Mens 14-15 event. Slinn touched in fourth in a time of 8:33.76. Justin Fotherby (KISU) cracked the top ten with a tenth place finish in a time of 8:42.64. CHENA’s Raben Dommann (CHENA) topped the podium in the Men's 16-18 event. His time of 8:13.17 put him well ahead of the rest of the field. Dmitriy Lim (SFA) was involved in a tight battle with the eventual third and fifth place finishers. He wound up in fourth place in an 8:28.44, 0.37 seconds off the podium but 0.34 seconds ahead of fifth place.
In the Men's 14-15 100m FL, Keir Ogilvie (UVPCS) claimed the bronze medal in a time of 56.06 in a new best time. Fellow Vancouver Island resident Tayden De Pol (NRST) hit the wall in a 57.10 for sixth place. Dommann just missed adding another medal to his collection from the first day in the Mens 16-18 event. His time of 56.46 landed him a fourth place finish, just half a second off the podium.
Ashley McMillan (KISU) was the lone competitor in the Women's 13-14 200m BK, but she had an impressive showing with a third place finish in a time of 2:19.25, almost seven seconds faster than her entry time. In the Women's 15-17 200m BK, Haley Klenk (SPART) earned the silver medal in a time of 2:16.03. Klenk was out fast in a 1:04.78, but in spite of her strong splitting on both ends, it wasn’t quite enough to hold off the eventual first place finisher. KISU’s Acacia Benn (KISU) touched in a 2:19.62 for fifth place. In the Men's 14-15 200m BK, Hugh McNeill (LOSC) topped the podium in a speedy 2:05.40. McNeill was in second until the final 50m when he turned on the jets and split a 31.21 on the last 50m to touch just 0.37 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
In team scores, CHENA leads the way with 50 points in seventh place, followed closely by ISC in eight with 45 points. UVPCS rounds out the top three BC teams in eleventh place with 27 points. Best of luck to all athletes and coaches over the rest of the meet, and congratulations to all who swam on day one!