March 19, 2018
By Vlad Volchkov
On Saturday, while the older athletes raced at the Senior Open, the younger up and coming swimmers from RD, AGD, and Youth Competitive groups competed at the March LMR hosted by the Delta Sungods Swim Club. In the first sanctioned meet for many of the swimmers, our athletes put in a lot of effort showcasing their skills in a competitive environment.
In the morning session, Gary Du and Jerry Tao, had outstanding performances. Du won the 100 butterfly and 50 free and came in second in the 200 freestyle for his age group. Tao, in his first ever LMR, came in second in the 100m breaststroke and 200m IM as well as earned the top spot in the 200m freestyle. The 200 IM was especially good for the Rapids swimmers, with many top-eight finishers across the board. New competitors Yan Madorsky and Yuuki von Huendeberg both placed fourth and sixth respectively in the 9&U age group. In the older bracket, Daniel Jin finished second and Grace Cui finished sixth for the girls. Both Jin and Cui posted some fast times in the IM, and are now within 3 seconds for the Tier I provincial standard. The morning session concluded for the Rapids with the 200 freestyle. The 200 free is a tough event that requires the swimmers to set and hold a fast pace throughout the whole race, and coaches Vlad, Al, and Morgan were very impressed with the finishing skills. The ability to increase effort and finish with a sprint into the wall is a difficult thing to do, and the Rapids swimmers put in the effort to finish fast.
In the afternoon session for the 12 and over swimmers, Taran Reed had an impressive showing in the sprint events by winning both the 50 freestyle and the 50 backstroke. Additionally, Jesse McIver placed 4th in the sprint backstroke event. The Rapids continued to post great results in the 200 IM with Erica Low and Joy Wang both qualifying for LMR Championships. Shane Sagar placed third in the event, and Taran Reed and Connor McMillan both finished fifth in their respective age groups. McMillan also had a best time in the 200 back, placing third.
In total, after one day of racing, the Rapids team walks away with 29 top-three finishes as well as 15 athletes getting personal bests in 100% of their events.