RICHMOND RAPIDS SWIM CLUB

Rapids Men Place Third at Provincial Championships

Drew McClure
Aug 1, 2019

By Vlad Volchkov


On July 4th, the Richmond Rapids competed in the 2019 BC Summer Provincial Championships, hosted by Island Swimming and Swim BC. Swimmers from the NAG, SRP, and National groups represented the Rapids over the four-day heats and finals meet. There was also a swimmer from our Provincial Age Group, Maddie Leung. Leung, who is 12 years old, qualified for the meet in the 200 butterfly. She also participated in three relays, two of which finished in the top 20.

The meet started with the 1500m freestyle on Thursday afternoon. William MacDougall earned the first medal of the weekend for the Rapids with a third-place finish. Later in the session, James Kwaksistala helped raise the medal count with a bronze in the 400m freestyle.

On day two, the Rapids found additional success in freestyle. Matthew Meuleman and James Kwaksistala both earned themselves a bronze medal in the 100m. Samuel Pei broke into the top-ten and finished in sixth place. Pei also placed sixth in the 400m freestyle, where he broke his own club record.

Further into the Finals session on Friday, three Rapids swimmers swam in the 200m butterfly final. Mingjun He was eleventh in the 15 & under age group. In the senior category, Conner Skuse and Matthew Crawford were in the final heat together. After an exciting heat, Skuse earned the bronze while Crawford came in sixth. Skuse went on to race in the 200m breaststroke and earned himself another bronze. James Kwaksistala got the final individual medal of the day after the Para 100m backstroke where he placed 2nd

Saturday began with the 200m backstroke, where Matthew Crawford swam up from seventh to fourth place in the finals. In the 100m breaststroke, Lauren Leung swam to the top of B finals in a ninth-place finish. Samuel Pei finished eighth in the sprint breaststroke event as well as the 200 IM final later on in the day. Skuse finished fifth.

On the last day, the Rapids team continued to race hard. Matthew Meuleman and Sam Pei got themselves another top-eight finish in a freestyle event. This time in the 200m freestyle where they placed fourth and sixth respectively. Pei also set a club record in the event, as well as the 800 freestyle, bringing his total to three for the weekend.

Connor Skuse once again earned a bronze with a third-place finish in the 100m butterfly. James Kwaksistala placed third in the Para 50m freestyle which brought his total medal count to four. In the final event of the weekend, Matthew Crawford raced himself onto the podium and earned a silver in the 100m backstroke.

In the relay events throughout the weekend, the Rapids team shined. The 16 & Over men won the 4x50 medley and placed second in the 4x50 freestyle. The women’s and the mixed-gender relay teams earned a bronze in the 4x50 freestyle relay.

After four days of racing, the Rapids finished seventh overall. The men’s combined point total put them in third place. 

Below are all the swimmers with top-eight results from the weekend:

Ethan Chan
Men’s 4x50 Freestyle Relay - 2nd
Mixed 4x50 Freestyle Relay - 3rd 

Matthew Crawford
Men’s 4x50 Medley Relay - 1st
Men’s 4x50 Freestyle Relay - 2nd
100 Back - 2nd
200 Back - 4th
200 fly - 6th
100 Fly - 8th

James Kwaksistala
100 Back - 2nd
100 Free - 3rd
400 free - 3rd
50 Free - 3rd

Will MacDougall
1500 Free - 3rd
800 Free - 4th

Sam Pei
Men’s 4x50 Medley Relay - 1st
Men’s 4x50 Freestyle Relay - 2nd
200 Free - 4th
800 Free - 4th
100 Free - 6th
400 Free - 6th
100 Brst - 8th
200 IM - 8th  

Matthew Meuleman
Men’s 4x50 Medley Relay - 1st
Men’s 4x50 Freestyle Relay - 2nd
Mixed 4x50 Freestyle Relay - 3rd
100 free - 3rd
50 Free - 6th
200 Free - 6th

Conner Skuse
Men’s 4x50 Medley Relay - 1st
200 Brst - 3rd
100 Fly - 3rd
200 Fly - 3rd
200 IM - 5th
400 IM - 6th

Lily Douglas
Women’s 4x50 Freestyle Relay - 3rd 

Amanda McCallum
Women’s 4x50 Freestyle Relay - 3rd
Mixed 4x50 Freestyle Relay - 3rd
200 IM - 8th 

Jasmine Skuse
Women’s 4x50 Freestyle Relay - 3rd

Yanjia Zhuang
Women’s 4x50 Freestyle Relay - 3rd
Mixed 4x50 Freestyle Relay - 3rd 

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