April 17, 2019
Congratulations to Quincy Bender and Jessica Strong, our first swimmers to compete at Canadian Trials in years! It was an incredible experience for both of our swimmers as they were able to compete with the fastest swimmers in the country. The top swimmers in Canada did not disappoint, with 25 swimmers qualifying for 2019 FINA World Championships in Korea, 16 swimmers qualifying for the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru and 19 swimmers to the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary. Getting to Canadian Trials is the first step towards moving up the rankings and thinking about qualifying for Canadian national teams. They were able to watch BC swimmers James LeBuke, Tyler Wall, Jade Hannah, Bailey Herbert and Ashley McMillan (who joined us for part of our training camp) qualify for the World Juniors. It was a very exciting meet and a great introduction to a Trials meet with the 2020 Canadian Olympic Trials a year away!
Jessica placed 33rd overall in the 50m Breaststroke, moving up 9 places, her time placed her 10th out of youth swimmers born in 2002-2005. Jessica also set new best times in the 200m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley and was just over her best time in both the 100m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly racing in time trials at the meet. Quincy competed in the 50m Freestyle, where she moved up 15 places to 37th overall, ranking 13th in the youth swimmers age group. Quincy set a new club record in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 59.28 in a time trial and also had strong performances in her 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly and 200m Freestyle time trials.
100m Freestyle – 59.28 – Quincy Bender (was Quincy Bender 59.50 2019)