Rapids shine at Western Canadian Championships


The Richmond Rapids competed at the 2018 Western Canadian Swimming Championships in Victoria from April 12-15th. The 13-member team placed sixth overall out of 58 teams, broke nine club records, and achieved many new personal best times. Leading the way for the Rapids was Amanda McCallum (15) and Nicolaas Dekker (22).  

Amanda rose to the occasion, earning gold medals in the 200 and 400 freestyle, with a 2:05.89 and 4:22.88, respectively. Amanda’s time in the 400 free was under the qualifying standard for the Canadian Swimming Pan Pacific Trials to be held this July in Edmonton.

The 200 free was especially impressive. Just as she was on the starting blocks to begin the race, Amanda’s goggles snapped. Racing without goggles, she was able to hold off the rest of the field, improve on her preliminary time, and win the gold medal.

Nicolaas Dekker led the men’s team by sweeping the butterfly events. Dekker won the 50 (25.10), 100 (54.73), and 200-meter (2:01.05) events, earning the 17-&-Over Male High Point Award for his performances. Nicolaas demonstrated that he is on track to be a major fly threat at the Pan Pac trials in July.

A number of Rapids also achieved podium performances throughout the competition. 2016 Rio Paralympian, Jonathan Dieleman, won the gold in the 50 & 100m breaststroke events. In the men’s Para 100 breast, Jonathan set a new Canadian & America’s record. Jonathan was recognized as the 2017 Swim BC Male Paraswimmer of the year during the meet.

In the boys 16 & under age group, Matthew Crawford and Samuel Pei also earned podium finishes. Samuel won the silver medal in the 400 free with a time of 4:08.38, while Matthew earned the bronze in the 200 butterfly.

Relays also played a large part of the team’s overall success. The men’s 4x100 freestyle relay was lead off by Burnett secondary students Matthew Meuleman and Ethan Chan. With Sam Pei and Nic Dekker on the back half, they together won the bronze medal in a time of 3:35.13.

Other top 8 performances included:

Matthew Crawford (16): 7th 100 BK, 7th 200 BK
Nicolaas Dekker (22): 4th 100 BK, 5th 200 IM
James Kwaksistala (13): 5th 100 BK, 8th 100 FR, 7th 100 FLY, 8th 200 IM
Morgan Mark (23): 6th 50 FLY
Amanda McCallum (15): 4th 100 FR, 6th 200 IM
Samuel Pei (15): 4th 200 FR, 6th 200 IM, 7th 400 IM

Mens 800 FR relay: 4th and Club Record (Matthew Meuleman, Matthew Crawford, Ethan Chan, Artur Yushko)
Mens 400 Medley Relay: 4th: Matthew Crawford, Samuel Pei, Nicolaas Dekker, Matthew Meuleman

Mixed 400 Medley Relay: 4th : Matthew Crawford, Christina Tan, Nic Dekker & Morgan Mark.

Overall, the meet was a great success for the Rapids and an excellent stepping stone into the second half of the season. On May 5th and 6th, the Rapids will be hosting over 400 swimmers for their 21st annual West Coast Open meet at Watermania.  nyone interested in receiving more information about the Rapids can email Information about Summer programs is now available at