March 13, 2018
Team Sungod’s 6 to complete 1st Tier 1 Winter Championships
For its first edition since the reform of the Swim BC provincial championships system, Team Sungod brought 6 athletes to compete against the fastest 12 years-old and under girls and 13 years-old and under boys of the province. The Swim BC Tier 1 Winter championships were held in Penticton, BC over the course of 5 sessions spread over 3 days, from Friday, March 9th until Sunday, March 11th.
Friday afternoon, Kayah Apanowicz (11), Chloe Meredith Jensen (12), Kirra Trites (12) and Marcus-Hugo Viloria (11) started off the meet with very good spirits, each of them completing the first event, the 200m backstroke, by taking 2 to 5 seconds off their previous best mark. They launched the team on a very good path, with already 2 top-8 achievers by the end of the first session: Marcus finished 5th in the 200m backstroke in a personal best time of 2:42.93, and Harbir Grewal (13) finished 4th in the 200m butterfly in 2:33.87.
On day 2, Kirra, Harbir, and Marcus achieved personal records in all their events. Marcus showed incredible strength, bumping his ranking from 26th to 9th in the province in the 100m Freestyle, from 17th to 10th in the 400m Freestyle, and 30th to 17th in the 200m IM. Only the top 16 swimmers of this 200m IM qualify for finals in this new Championships format. Harbir achieving 18th after the prelims, and Marcus achieving 17th, they were just a step away from being part of a very exciting final.
Sunday was the most prolific day for Team Sungod. Marcus and Harbir worked their way up on being B finalists in the 200m Freestyle; thanks to a fantastic performance in the morning during the prelims. They both deserved their chance to swim the event again against the fastest swimmers present. In the 400m IM, Kayah dropped a huge 31.09 seconds off her entry time, and Harbir took home the Bronze medal. In addition, Marcus jumped from 23rd to 5th in his 100m Backstroke, shaving off 9.10 seconds of his previous mark. The squad concluded their day with 88% of personal best times.
“The team had a great weekend up in Penticton. The environment, the meet management, the swimmers’ energy – everything made up for great swims, meaningful learning, and new goals to set for future practices. I am sure we all leave this place with great satisfaction towards new heights” shares coach Maxime. He was proud of what this team of 6 swimmers achieved and shared. The boys finished 16th in the Province with 89 points, which is a significant improvement in comparison to previous championships.
Top 16 finishers
Marcus-Hugo Viloria (11) – 5th in 100 and 200m backstroke, 9th in 100m freestyle, 10th in 200m and 400m freestyle, 12th in 50m freestyle
Harbir Grewal (13) – 3rd in 400 IM, 4th in 200m butterfly, 15th 200 freestyle.
Congratulations to all participants. It was a great weekend.
Coming up next, the Delta Sungod Swim Club is hosting its annual Lower Mainland Region meet at the Sungod Recreation center on the 17th and 18th of March. The team will be 31 swimmers strong to display some great racing. The swim club will then have a week off before having a Spring Break training week from the 26th through the 31st of March.
For more information on DSSC programs including fees, practice times, expectations and requirements to join visit www.teamsungod.ca or call 604-345-5912. DSSC has ongoing registration throughout the season so it is never too late to start. Dragons Learn To Compete groups swim 1x, 2x or 3x per week depending on your schedule.