January 30, 2018
On the weekend of January 27th and 28th, Pacific Sea Wolves swimmers were competing at 3 different swim meets across the Lower Mainland. Swimmers from the Senior program, and Junior 1 group were diving in at the Knights Winter Fest at the Surrey Sports and Leisure Centre. Our Senior and Youth swimmers were also hitting the pool at the Chena Distance Meet, swimming some of the longer events in our sport, the 800 and 1500 Freestyle. We also had some of our younger swimmers from our Sea Wolves and Junior 2 and 3 programs competing at the Chena 12 and Under Meet at the Harry Jerome Pool in North Vancouver.
The Knights Winter Fest was all about the boys this weekend, with some of our up and coming male swimmers lighting up the pool. Darby Walsh and Tristan Schanz posted personal bests in multiple events over the 2 day meet, with both boys adding a Tier 2 Provincial Qualification Time to their accomplishments. Forrest Xie showed his versatility in the pool, posting best times every time he hit the pool. Alexander Chan also had a break through meet and qualified himself for the Tier 1 Provincial Championships that are coming up in March in Penticton, BC. Vic Wang, Oliver Allen, Daniel Wang, and Sam Liu continued to show huge improvement in the pool, improving on times that were only achieved the weekend before. Of course though, it was not just the boys throwing down great races over the weekend, the girls were amazing as well. Kelly Qi made her mark in the record books breaking two PSW Club Records in the 50 and 200 Butterfly. Ruby Van Buskirk showed huge improvement from the previous weekend, posting best time in all four of her races! Laura Zou and Elina Huang continue to improve every time they dive into the pool, and continue to show everyone that they are swimmers to watch in years to come.
At the Chena Distance Meet, great swims came from Alex Chernomorchenko in the 800 Freestyle, breaking the 9 minute barrier for the first time. Maddy Cowie posted an almost 10 second best time in the 400 Freestyle, and Quinn Funke and Raymond Zou both had great swims in the 800 and 1500 Freestyle. When the younger PSW swimmers hit the pool for the Chena 12 and Under Meet, the coaches were blown away by the improvements that they saw in the pool. Great swimming came from Audrey Soti, Jade Geddes, Charlie Povey, and Samuel Yu. All four swimmers were best times in almost every event, and showed that they were swimmers to watch. Hayley Ferrell was able to show off all the hard work that she has been doing in her Butterfly with a great 50 Butterfly race, while Elaine Zhou attacked each race with the goal of qualifying for the upcoming LMR Championships, and in the end was successful and will be heading to the championship meet in a few weeks! Jack Wang was one of the youngest swimmers at the meet, but continues to swim with a level of maturity that is beyond his years. Eunsoo Oh is new to the PSW community, but attacked each race like a veteran, having a great 100 Breaststroke on the second day of the meet.
Congratulations to all our PSW swimmers on a great weekend of racing! Next up for the Pacific Sea Wolves is the PSW Winter Invitational at the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre.
Go PSW Go!