March 11, 2019
VPSC went to Kamloops to compete at the Provincial Championships. Over the course of 3.5 days of intense racing, VPSC finished 11th overall with the Girls side finishing tied for 3rd! Along with an outstanding team performance and presence at the meet, 4 new VPSC swimmers qualified for Western Canadian Championships: Joel Goh, Rainie Yang, Janice Tang and Jacky Tang. As well, David Wang and Shannon Miller attained reached additional Western standards to add to their slate of competition at Westerns.
Adding to the individual success at the meet, Blake Currie qualified in the 200 Breast for the Canadian Swimming Championships, joining Nicolleta Panos as our only qualifiers for the meet.
We had several highlights across all of the age group categories and here are just some of the highlights:
14 & Under Girls
Our young girls were lead by Blake Currie, who won silver in BOTH the 100 and 200 Breaststroke. There were also some outstanding relay results, with the 4 x 50 Medley Relay (Rainie Yang, Blake Currie, Emma Drohan and Lily Buder) placing 4th and the 4 x 50 Freestyle (Rainie Yang, Lily Buder, Emma Drohan and Aamiya Sidhu) placing 8th. Emma Drohan added some more points for the girls side in the butterfly events, placing 6th and 11th in the 100 and 200 Fly respectively.
15 & Under Boys
With several swimmers on the younger end of the age group, including several Junior Provincial swimmers joining the meet to gain experience, there was a lot of tough racing for the young boys. The performances were marked by drastic improvements with Euain Finlayson, Tyler Lee, Albert Chen, Jacky Tang and David Wang all achieving best times by several seconds, especially in the in the 200 metre events. This was lead by David Wang who took off 8 seconds to qualify for the 200 Breast B final and place 14th. As well, Jacky Tang took off 7 seconds in the 200 Fly to qualify for the 200 Fly B final on his way to achieving his Western standard.
15 & Over Girls
VPSC went into the meet with the most of our provincial qualifiers in this age group, and they girls followed through with some tremendous team and individual performances. The 4 x 50 Freestyle girls (Alex Turvey, Janice Tang, Shannon Miller and Nicolleta Panos) provided the team with its only GOLD medal. Alexandra Turvey lead the way with a team high 65 points at the meet, which included a bronze medal in the 50 Free and A Final finishes in the 100 Free, 200 Free and 100 Fly. Alex was joined by Janice Tang and Shannon Miller in the A final of the 100 Fly, where both Janice and Shannon took off more than a second to qualify for Westerns. Nicolleta Panos, Caileigh Luis, Kate Block and Michi Duclos all placed in the top 8 across a wide range of events that helped produce the girls team 3rd place finish.
16 & Over Boys
With a few boys in this age group staying home due to injury and illness, the ones who attended stepped up their game to put up some great performances. Garnet Currie had 100% best times in his 5 events while also being part of the 4 x 50 Freestyle relay (along with Joel Goh, Sean Leong and David Wang) that placed 8th. Joel Goh took the opportunity to use the first 50 of the 200 IM to go for a best time in the 50 Fly, which he did by more than half a second to qualify for Western Champs.
Ramon Siytangco had a fantastic meet, going 100% best times across all of his events. Competing across all classes, Ramon took off as much as 5 seconds in his 100 metre events to finish the meet with multiple podium finishes.
Overall, the meet was a great success for the team. Many swimmers will now move on to compete at Trials in Toronto at the start of April and at Western Canadian Champs a week later in Edmonton.
Thank you to all of the parents for your continued support, particularly the chaperones (Kathy Findlay, Nora Goh and Catherine Yu) that helped at the meet.