May 5, 2017
At Western Nationals, Amanda McCallum, Ethan Chan, and Matthew Crawford performed well enough to be selected for the BC Canada Games team. This quadrennial event represents the best up-and-coming age group athletes in Canada.
McCallum and Chan were selected for their potential to elevate the freestyle relays, with McCallum also selected for backstroke and IM, and Chan for the mid-distance freestyle. Crawford was selected for the backstroke events.
Six other athletes also represented the Rapids at Westerns: Samuel Pei, Eric Tong, Mathew Meuleman, Devin Meng, Christina Tan, and Ryan Murray.
Of the nine Rapids athletes, seven qualified for A or B finals. McCallum reached the podium on the first and last days of competition, with a bronze each in the 200 freestyle and 200 IM.
At Canadian World Trials, Alex Ball’s 50 freestyle performance qualified him to compete for BC at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara at the beginning of June. The meet is one of several major professional-level meets held in the US, with A-finals almost always containing multiple Olympic and World Championship finalists and medalists.
This particular location is special, as a spiritual successor to the historic Santa Clara International. Ball will have the privilege of walking through the storied chain-link gate mentioned in the seminal Gold in the Water by P.H. Mullen.
These athletes now prepare for this summer’s Junior and Senior National championships, on the road to Canada Games in August and Pan Pacific Trials next spring.