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Eric Hedlin 2nd in the 5km at USA Open Water Nationals!

PCS Swimmers Eric Hedlin, Jon McKay and Chris Deegan all competed last weekend in the 5km Race, 2 days after the 10km race.  Eric Hedlin was closing in on the eventual winner, but ran out of room and had to settle for 2nd overall.  Hau Li Fan from UBC was the second overall Canadian in the race, placing 6th.  Jon McKay followed up his 8th place race in the 10km race with a 7th place 5km race.  Chris Deegan was also able to crack the top ten, placing 9th in the race.   Congratulations swimmers and coach Ron Jacks!


Looking For A Way To Keep Your Kids Swimming Over The Summer?

Head over to VIKES Summer Camps and sign up for the Swimming Sports Development camp, where your kids will be taught by experienced Pacific Coast Swimming coaches. This camp includes stroke development, dryland skills, games and even rock climbing! All participants must be a Lighting Fast 3/Red Cross Level 6 or higher.

The Camp is runs 9:00am-4:00pm, July 9-13, July 30- Aug 3 and Aug 7-10.


Comox 10 and Under Day 2

The second day of the Sharks 10 and Under Championships finished well for the PCS swimmers. This meet provides swimmers with the opportunity to compete against others of their own age. The top five athletes of each age group (8 and Under, 9, 10) receive special recognition. Of the eleven PCS swimmers in attendance today, five  were in the top five for their age group. Lucy Hallett came in 3rd for the 10 year old girls, with Ruby Pandachuck in 2nd for the 9 year old girls.


Comox 10 and Under Day 1

Pacific Coast Swimming’s young swimmers had a successful first day of racing today at the Sharks 10 and Under Championship this weekend. This meet is unique in that it pits swimmers against others of their own age (8 and Under, 9, and 10) compared to other meets where they may swim against swimmers either much older or younger than them. The ten PCS swimmers today ranked the club second overall, with several swimmers at the top of their respective age groups.


Vikes Summer Swim Camps

Our Vikes swim camp introduces children to the arena of competitive swimming. Our experienced coaches will lead the campers in stroke improvement, swim games, swim fitness, dry land skills and provide an opportunity feedback from under/over water video. Participants must be able to swim 50 meters or be at a Lightning Fast 3/Red Cross Level 6 or higher.  Classes are co-ed for children ages 8-12.

Here is a list of upcoming camps. 


2018 USA Open Water Nationals

Eric Hedlin and Jon McKay raced the 10km race at the USA Open Water Nationals this morning.  They both had good races, and placed 7th and 8th overall respectively, and placed 1st and 2nd Canadians overall.  This is a good improvement for Eric over recent results, and a great result for Jon, who has never raced in a big Open Water competition, and no Open Water races at all for 3 years.  The top 6 separated from Eric and Jon's group on the third of four laps.  Afterwards, Eric and Jon both separated from the chase group to try and bridge the gap but were ultimately unable to catch the frontr


Ron Jacks mentors Chatham coach Brian Lindsay!

Swimmers might have seen a new coach on deck last week as head coach of the Chatham Y Pool Sharks - Brian Lindsay - was in town for a week working with coach Ron Jacks.  Brian earned a grant from the 2017-2018 CSCTA Canadian Mentorship Program to fly out for a mentorship opportunity with Ron, to learn more about coaching in the world of Open Water Swimming.  Brian has had swimmers with the Open Water swims at Age Group Nationals, and was able to learn a fair bit about how we train our international athletes and what kind of work it takes to be competitive at that level.  


Western Championships Final Report

Men Take Second in Team Score!

Having home turf advantage didn't hurt! UVPCS came up big all four days of Westerns. At 28 athletes UVPCS was the largest club team at the competition. Michael Schmidt, Jake Rambo and Keir Ogilvie lead the scoring with 99, 89 and 111 pts respectively. 


MacKenzie Downing Inducted Into the UVic Vikes Hall of Fame!

MacKenzie came to Victoria in the fall of 2004 and quickly became one of UVic's and PCS' best swimmers.  She represented PCS from 2004 through 2011, during which she swam for Team Canada at the World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, two Pan Pacific Championships, and three FISU games competitions.  MacKenzie won a Gold, Silver and Bronze at the 2007 FISU games, broke three Canadian Records in her career, won 7 national Gold Medals, 17 CIS Medals, and won numerous athletic and academic honours along the way.  She always strived for more every step of the way, and did everything she cou


Margaret Penning Wins Sport BC Presidents' Award!

Margaret Penning was recently recognized by Swim BC, winning their annual Presidents' Award.  The annual Presidents’ Awards, presented by Sports with Balls, now in its 24th year, are presented to volunteers from Sport BC member and partner organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy and commitment contribute to the development of their sport or organization in the province of British Columbia.  Congratulations Margaret!



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