Rapids Race for Finals at BC Tier 2

by Vlad Volchkov

This past weekend, a Rapids squad consisting of David Cai, Tiger Chen, William MacDougall, Jaiden Siu, Mauricio Soroco, Dimitri Volchkov, Bryan Zhou, Lily Douglas, Dini McIver, Corrina Siu, Cecilia Soroco, Fiona Xue, Angela Zhuo with Coaches Drew and Dennis, traveled to Kamloops to compete in the first-ever Tier II Winter Championships. A three-day heats and finals meet, Tier II is a provincial level championship meet for boys aged 14-18, and girls aged 13-18, and it is the first meet this season with the Tier format.

The new Tier system is a change to the old AA/AAA provincial meet format. It splits the old provincial meets into two, and it gives the swimmers in the younger age groups an opportunity to race and compete against some of the older and faster kids currently in the province. Without a guaranteed spot in the finals and a wide age range in each event, the Rapids swimmers knew that they had to put forward their best effort in every individual event if they hoped to place top-16 and race again in finals.

Over the course of three days, Rapid swimmers found success, achieving personal bests and moving up in the ranks, with standout performances by Lily Douglas. On Friday, Douglas achieved a silver medal in the 200m butterfly and won the B final in the 200m IM. Dimitri Volchkov also qualified for finals in the 100m backstroke. William MacDougall, swimming his third race within an hour, placed 10th in the 1500 freestyle.

On Saturday, Douglas once again got a second swim, this time in the 100m fly. Douglas earned the bronze in the event and set a new club record. Other finalists on Saturday included Fiona Xue in the 100m butterfly and Jaiden Siu in the 200m breaststroke.

Finishing off the meet, Sunday’s finalists included Douglas in the 400 IM and the 200m freestyle, MacDougall in the 400 IM, and Jaiden Siu and Tiger Chen in the 100m breaststroke.

The new Tier II championship meet also included mixed-gender relays (two girls and two boys). This relay offered a new avenue for teammates to work together to claim their team the top spot in the province. We hope the swimmers had a lot of fun competing in the relays as much as the coaches enjoyed watching and cheering them on.

The Richmond Rapids would like to extend our gratitude to our chaperones for the meet, Grace Chang and Tricia Douglas. They helped create a successful travel environment for the swimmers. Additionally, we would like to congratulate Dawna McIver for completing her certification as a Level 5 Official, the highest national officiating rank.

The Rapids now look forward to this upcoming weekend when we travel with our younger age groups to compete in the Tier I Provincial Championships. You can follow the team’s progress by visiting the Swim BC website and clicking on “Live Results” as well as following the Rapids Twitter and Instagram accounts.