LMR Champs Report

Drew McClure
Jun 18, 2019

By Morgan Mark

This year’s Lower Mainland Regional Championships took place on June 1-2 at Walnut Grove Pool in Langley. LMR Champs is an excellent opportunity for swimmers to display their fine-tuned racing skills from the entire season. This meet also represented one of the last chances to qualify for BC Age Groups (AGC) or Provincial Champs.  The Rapids had some great racing over the sessions the weekend, and many highlight swims.

Luciano Banzon swam to 100% best times over the meet. In the 200 IM, he dropped over 15 seconds to earn his first AGC time, finishing fourth overall. Mia De Costa also made her first AGC time in the 200 IM, placing first in her age group. Chloe Rafer also secured a new AGC time in the 200 IM.

Alexander Bulgakov swam his first ever 400 IM, finishing second, and adding another AGC time to his list. Tai Stroud added a pair of AGC qualifying times in the 200 and 400 free.

Alfred Ma placed top-10 in all his events, also earning new AGC times in the 100 fly, 100 breast, 200 IM, and 100 free. 

Daymon Wijayakoon put together some great swims, dropping almost 13 seconds in his 200 IM, going under the AGC standard and finishing first. Daymon also earned an AGC cut in the 100 breast, earning third, and qualifying for the meet for the first time.

Multiple swimmers made qualifying times for Provincial Championships. Maio Hui qualified in the 100 breast, while teammate Adelina Pei just snagged the 200 fly. 

Ken Stroud finished 2nd in the 200 back and 4th in the 200 breast, both new Provincial Championship times. Ava Tan earned a pair as well, going qualifying times in the 50 free and 100 backstroke. 

Andrew Dong and Matias Raffai broke club records, all three of which were set nine years ago by Matthew Crawford.  Andrew broke the 200m IM with a 3:16.03 and the 50m fly in 43.25. Matias Raffai broke the 50m free record with a time of 37.74. 

A big congratulations to all Richmond Rapids swimmers who competed this weekend!