Three Shuswap Swimming Team members took to the pool in Chilliwack on the Feb. 11 weekend for the Swim BC “AA” Short Course Provincial Championships. More than 350 swimmers from 39 teams throughout B.C. and the Yukon attended the competition, and the racing was exciting. The three Shuswap Swimming Team swimmers came home with nine new team records and three medals to top off a great meet.
• Twelve-year-old girls – Paige Coutlee had a great meet at her first provincial level competition, as she trounced her previous personal best records almost every time she hit the pool. Her best ranking was 23rd in the 100-metre backstroke race. But she was not to be done there, as she also cut off an impressive 15 seconds from her 200-m freestyle time, earned another ‘AA’ qualifying time in the 50-m freestyle, and broke the team record in the 100-m butterfly too.
• Fifteen and older girls – Chelsea Stadnyk had another good meet, as she was nearing the top of her game on the weekend, earning a bronze medal in the 50-m freestyle, a silver medal in the 100-m butterfly, and a gold medal in the 200-m butterfly. All three races were in record time for the team!
• Thirteen-year-old boys – Logan Pilias had his best ever provincial meet, as he advanced to the finals in the 200-m backstroke, just missing a medal in a fast fourth-place finish, and taking down four team records along the way.
This was a focus meet for these athletes, and they performed well at this first provincial level competition. The next competition on the horizon is the Swim BC ‘AAA’ Provincial Championship Swim Meet to be held in Victoria on the March 3 to 6 weekend. As an aside, Chelsea Stadnyk was feeling like there was much more to give after the competition, and so entered into a Time Trial swim meet in Kelowna on Feb 15.
Her race in the 100-m butterfly blew away her AA performances. The time adds her name to the list of those qualified to attend the Swim BC AAA Championships.