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Waters Stirred Up at Christmas Cracker

The labour dispute at BC Ferries impacted the attendance at the UV-PCSA Christmas Cracker, however the lone Vancouver based team to attend spoke loudly.

After taking a passenger only ferry to Nanaimo and then bussing to Victoria, the UBC Dolphin Swim Club shattered two 12 and Under Male Canadian Relay records. Andrew Conroy, Marko Gavric, Hong-Kei Chan, Hong-Ting Chan took a whopping 9 seconds off the Canadian 4x100 Medley Relay and also set a new Canadian standard in the 4x50 Medley relay. The UBC Dolphins 13-14 Woman's 4x100 Medal Team also set a new Provincial standard.

Over the course of a weekend, where illness seemed to be a huge problem for all teams, meet organizers scrambled to keep up with constantly diminishing number of healthy bodies. The festive attitude around the pool managed to keep everyone's spirits bright. Christmas crackers were randomly awarded to 3 swimmers in every heat and Santa himself was on hand to hand out some larger awards.

The Olympian Swim Club of Edmonton and the Ravensong Breakers both had strong showing and along with the UV-PCSA squad they were all teams of the meet. With the enthusiasm displayed by all it is easy to see why this event is becoming a highlight on the swim calendar.