AA Swim BC Championships - Feb. 16-19, 2017

AA BC Championships, Chilliwack 16-19 February 2017

- Head Coach Malwina Bukszowana 
7 WGB swimmers qualified and 6 of them took part in this Swim BC AA short course meet hosted by the Spartan Swim club in Chilliwack, BC.
Swimmers came back to Yukon with 5 medals and 10 finals.
Great start to the meet had Alex Petriw as the only swimmer from Yukon in long distance events. Alex swam over 30 seconds faster than his quite new best time that he set up in January. Finishing 13th in the 14 and over age category. Alex is now only few seconds away from qualifying for AAA Provincial Championships. 
Amelia Ford had a good 200 IM swim breaking her best time by 6 seconds. Her 100 Back was also faster than her best time but it kept her out of the 12 & 13 year old finals.
Thomas Gishler qualified to swim 12 & under A finals in 200 IM finishing 5th overall, and, 200 Fly (3:06.49) winning a silver medal and breaking the WGB club record in 200 Fly and qualifying for AAA BC Championships. The record set up by Thomas was from 2004 and used to belong to Tanner Cassidy. 
Emma Boyd qualified into 14 & over A final finishing 5th in 50 Free. 
Luke Bakica swam 200 IM in B final and came 13th in 14 and over age category. He broke the record of Tanner Cassidy from 2008 which is now 2:24.50. 
In the last final of the day, Aidan Harvey beat his best time in 100 Back; Aidan touches the wall 16th in his age group category (14 and over). 
Amelia Ford posts a personal best time in 100 Free but does not advance to the finals. It was not easy for Amelia as just a year ago she was winning medals in many events within the under 11 age group category, but now as the youngest in 12-13 age group category, it is a challenge to even qualify for a final. 
Alex Petriw was in a similar situation. He improved his 100 Free time, swims only 0.22 slower than one minute, but still is far away from the finals within the 14 & over age category.
No best times in this event for Emma and Aidan. 
Great day for swimmers, Thomas Gishler and Luke Bakica. The youngest swimmer, Thomas, wins 2 medals (silver in 100 Fly breaking WGB record of Tanner Cassidy from 2004- 1:22.85 as well adding a qualifying time for AAA and bronze in 400 Free swimming faster than AAA qualifying time). 
Well deserved silver medal win for Luke Bakica in 200 Breast, swimming faster than a qualifying standard for AAA BC Championships.  Luke broke his own club record in this event (2:34.55)!
Luke Bakica qualified to swim to A final in 100 Breast. His preliminary time is faster than AAA standard for over 15 years age category. After a great battle in A final, Luke finishes 4th giving up the medal by unfortunately 0.03 second. 
Thomas Gishler qualified into 400 IM final swimming faster than a required AAA standard and again improved this time in the final. He was leading from the beginning of the race and never let any other boy catch him. He also swam faster than his best time in 200 Back, but didn't get to the final and placed 12th overall in this event. 
200 Free was not a good event for our WGB swimmers. Only Alex Petriw breaks his best time, but he is still not fast enough to swim against much older swimmers in the 14 and over age group category finals. 
After this weekend we have 5 AAA qualifiers (Hannah Kingscote, Cassis Lindsay, Rennes Lindsay, Luke Bakica, & Thomas Gishler), but only Hannah Kingsocte will represent the club at the BC Provincial Championships taking place in Victoria March 2-5, 2017.
Gold- Thomas Gishler 400 IM
Silver- Thomas Gishler 200 Fly, 100 Fly, and, Luke Bakica 200 Breast
Bronze- Thomas Gishler 400 Free 
Alex Petriw 13th 1500 Free 
Thomas Gishler 5th 200 IM, 2nd 200 Fly, 2nd 100 Fly, 3rd 400 Free, 
Emma Boyd 5th 50 Free
Luke Bakica 13th 200 IM, 2nd 200 Breast, 4th 100 Breast
Aidan Harvey 16th 100 Back
Thomas Gishler 200 fly, 100 fly
Luke Bakica 200 Breast, 200 IM 
These old club records belonging to Tanner Cassidy were broken at this AA SC Championship hosted by Spartan Swim Club in Chilliwack, BC