Winter Provincial Champs Review

Nine Hurricanes Swimmers competed at the SwimBC Winter Provincial Championships this past weekend. Our team finished 16th overall, our first time placing in the top 20 teams! Our girls finished in 11th, just one point out of 10th! Incredible results against the strongest and largest clubs in our province. 

Quincy had an outstanding swim meet in her first Provincials racing in the 15&over age group. Quincy started the meet off by moving up from 11th to 3rd in the 1500m Freestyle with a time of 18:09.74! The time qualified her to swim the event at Canadian Trials and this summer at Canadian Junior Championships. Quincy had second swims in the 100m, 400m and 200m Freestyle events, racing to best times in both the 400m and 200m Freestyles. In the 800m Freestyle, Quincy moved up from 10th to 3rd with a best time of 9:31.82! Quincy saved her best race for last, in the 50m Freestyle final Quincy raced to 1st place with a Canadian Trials time of 26.84! The time also qualifies Quincy to race at next year's Canadian Olympic Trials! 

Josh had a really strong meet with best times in the majority of his events, including team records in both the 1500m Freestyle with a time of 18:18.76 and 800m Freestyle with a time of 9:35.16! Josh narrowly missed finals with a best 59.00 in the 100m Freestyle before he had a great day on Sunday with second swims in 200m Freestyle and 50m Freestyle! Josh broke 26 in the 50m Freestyle for the first time on his relay split too! ​

Sidney had a fabulous 1500m Freestyle, finishing with a time of 19:10.74, over 20 seconds under the Canadian Westerns time standard! Sidney also raced to best times in the 200m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle. She was great on our relays sprinting to best times in her 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle splits! 

Olivia made second swims in the 200m Butterfly, 400m Individual Medley and 200m Individual Medley! Olivia set new best times in the 200m Breaststroke, 200m Butterfly and 400m Freestyle and was a big part of our relays scoring points in both the 14&under and 15&over age groups! 

Morgan swam a fast 200m Freestyle to make a second swim with a best time of 2:14.40! Morgan was also great on the relays and broke 30 seconds with her 50m Butterfly split! 

Lucas set new best times in his 200m Breaststroke, 200m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke events! It was Lucas's first time racing in the 16&over age group and he moved up the rankings in most of his events. 

Jessica had really strong swims in finals, with big improvements over her times in heats and both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events! Jessica set a new best time in the 100m Freestyle. In the relays Jessica moved us up in the standings with great racing in her breaststroke and freestyle splits!

Tyler did a fantastic job racing his two events, taking off over two seconds in his 100m Freestyle and racing to a best time in the 50m Freestyle!

Natalie raced to best times in her 200m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke events! Natalie stepped up on our relays with tremendous freestyle splits of 28.27 and 28.39 way below her best time!​

Our relays were great throughout the meet, swimmers stood up and really raced well for some incredible results. In the 4x50m Medley Relay our girls 14&under team of Olivia, Jessica, Sidney and Natalie placed 6th with a time of 2:08.93!  Our 14&under team of Natalie, Jessica, Olivia and Sidney beat their entry time with a 1:58.41 and finished 11th overall! 

Olivia, Jessica, Morgan and Quincy raced to 7th in the 15&over girls 4x50m Medley Relay with a time of 2:05.06! Morgan, Quincy, Natalie and Jessica finished an impressive 5th overall with a time of 1:52.37 in the 15&over girls 4x50m Freestyle Relay! Our 15&over girls raced with two 15 year olds and two swimmers 14&under racing against 16, 17 and 18 year olds, a great sign for our relays in the next few years! 
In the 4x50m Mixed Medley Relay, our team finished 21st overall, with Lucas, Jessica, Quincy and Josh taking over four seconds off their entry time and moving up 11 places in the standings with a time of 2:00.85! In the 4x50m Mixed Freestyle Relay, Lucas, Josh, Quincy and Morgan raced to a 19th place finish with a time of 1:47.84, beating their entry time!

It was a tough meet for best times for all the teams at the meet. In every event there were more swimmers adding time than there were swimmers setting new bests. There are a lot of factors going into every swim meet including travel, meet schedule, warm ups facilities and most importantly nerves. We are working on managing these factors as well as possible and building resiliency in our swimmers but this is our tough skill. Talking to other coaches, every team had bright spots but every team had swimmers with tough results throughout the meet so it's important to keep in perspective that it was a reality for everyone. As a team we raced to 50% best times and at this meet that was an accomplishment. This was our top finish at a Provincial Championships and something our team will build on for better results at SwimBC Summer Provincial Championships in July!  

Team Records 

14&under Girls 
1500m Freestyle - 19:10.74 - Sidney Clement (was Morgan Bender 19:56.31 2018)
15&over Girls 
50m Freestyle - 26.84 - Quincy Bender (was Quincy Bender 27.07 2018)
200m Freestyle - 2:08.42 - Quincy Bender (was Quincy Bender 2:09.58 2019)
400m Freestyle - 4:38.30 - Quincy Bender (was Quincy Bender 4:42.28 2018)
800m Freestyle - 9:31.82 - Quincy Bender (was Quincy Bender 9:32.79 2018)
1500m Freestyle - 18:09.74 - Quincy Bender 
15&over Boys 
800m Freestyle - 9:35.16 - Josh DeCoteau (was Colby Evans 9:39.26 2012)
1500m Freestyle - 18:18.76 - Josh DeCoteau (was Colby Evans 18:22.51 2012)

New Time Standards 

Canadian Trials
Quincy    50m Freestyle, 1500m Freestyle 

Canadian Junior Championships 
Quincy    1500m Freestyle 

Canadian Western Championships 
Quincy    1500m Freestyle 
Sidney    1500m Freestyle 

SwimBC Provincial Championships 
Quincy     1500m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley
Sidney      200m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle, 1500m Freestyle 
Josh         1500m Freestyle
Olivia        200m Butterfly
Lucas        200m Breaststroke, 200m Backstroke 
Jessica     100m Freestyle 
Tyler       50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle
Natalie    200m Backstroke