When reporting on Staph's win yesterday, I failed to realize the historical aspect of her result. As the first ever Canadian Woman to win a World Cup event, hopefully Steph will pave the way and inspire other Canadians to strive for excellence in Open Water events. There is a great history of Open Water Swimming in Canada, and this could be a stepping stone towards years of success for Canadians in the sport.
Day 2 of Age Group Nationals presented success as
well as frustration with Relay disqualifications as PCS
continues to fight hard in Calgary.
Jessica Luo started things off right for PCS by winning
the 100 Freestyle for 14 year olds in a Best Time of 58.18.
Three Bronze Medal performances followed, as Hana
Edwards fought her way up from 8th to grab the Bronze
in the 13 year olds 400 IM in a time of 5:19.55, Jordan
After the completion of the Men's event, PCS coached Stephanie Horner and Vicky Mock set off to compete in the frigid waters of Lac St. Jean. Stephanie Horner finished the race in 1st place, her best ever result at a major international Open Water competition. Way to go Stephanie! Steph will now head to Rio for the Olympic event, and will definitely have some extra confidence after this result.
Eric Hedlin today competed at the FINA 10km Open Water World Cup race in Lac St. Jean, Quebec. Eric placed in 4th overall and second Canadian, as Phillippe Guertin won the race. Former PCS swimmer and Olympic Medallist Richard Weinberger finished behind Eric in 5th place.
PCS created a fair bit of buzz on the first day at Age Group Nationals in Calgary, landing one new VIR Record, two Gold medals, two Bronze medals and few more finals swims. At the end of the day, the team is ranked 7th place overall and second of the BC clubs, with the girls team sitting at 5th and the boys at 13th. We will be looking to move up the rankings in the coming days.
Vicky Mock competed for Canada at the 2016 FINA World Junior Open Water Championships from July 16-18 in Hoorn, Netherlands.
Competing in the 18-19 year old's 10km race on July 17, Vicky came in for a drink on the first lap as planned. However, Vicky had mis-judged her placement within the pack as she approached the feeding dock, and subsequently lost the leading pack of swimmers. She would finish 21st overall and second Canadian.
Pacific Coast Swimming finished the Moses Lake Sizzlin’ Summer Swim Meet in third place, ahead of 18 other teams from across the inland empire region.
High point award winner of the 11-12 girls age category, Sydney Meldrum finished with 78 points from six wins over the three day meet. Bijou Speirs came in a close second place in the high point scoring in the 13-14 age group category after swimming eleven individual events.
Pacific Coast Swimming has a small contingent of swimmers in Moses Lake for the three day Moses Lake Sizzlin’ Summer Swim Meet. The Bolts have twelve swimmers that have made the long journey to the south east corner of Washington State to compete in the sun at the Moses Lake Water Park. The meet consists of twenty teams from across the state, as well as four teams from British Columbia.
Swimmers ranking in the top 8 in their respective age group categories point totals after two days of swimming are listed below:
Pacific Coast Swimming continued their provincial domination on Monday, at the Swim BC Open Water Swimming Championships, having swimmers win four of the six races. In the Boys 11-12 1K Open Water race, Taiki Hiraoka took 1st place with his overall time of 14:11.83. Hiraoka surged to the finish, to out touch the 2nd place competitor by three seconds. In the Boys 13-14 2 Kilometer race, Anthony Gutierrez cruised to a 1st place finish in a time of 26:14.41, close to twenty seconds ahead of his closest competitor.
Pacific Coast Swimming successfully defended their title as the top swim club in British Columbia on Sunday night, with the last day of racing came to a close at the AAA Long Course Provincial Championships. The Bolts finished strong, building on the lead they had put together over the first four days of competition, to finish more than three hundred points ahead of the next second place Hyack Swimming. The title now brings the Bolts’ streak to five AAA championships in a row.