Island swimmers snag medals at provincials

Saanich's Kathryn Lee wins gold in 200m fly, silver in 100m fly and bronze in the 400m IM

Siena Mizel

Siena Mizel

A crew of Saanich’s Island Swimming Club members picked up a number of awards at the AA B.C. Championship last week in Chilliwack.

Island Swimming’s women finished first with a 75-point lead over the second-place team, while Island Swimming finished second overall, just a few points behind Hyack (New Westminster).

Several Saanich swimmers had successful meets, including Alison McQuay, 11, the youngest of the team. McQuay placed eighth in the preliminary of the 200-metre breaststroke and moved up to bronze in the final heat. McQuay also won silver in the 400m individual medley, just six seconds off her preliminary swim.

Kathryn Lee, 13, won gold in the 200m fly, silver in the 100m fly and bronze in the 400m IM. It qualified her for the AAA B.C. Championships in March, to be hosted here in Victoria. Jamie Harker, 12, finished third in the 200m fly and fourth in the 100m fly. Sloane Wensaeur made three final heats and finished fourth in the 200m breast, meeting a AAA standard time.

Pyper Heaney-Corns had a spectacular meet with a big improvement in times for her 800m and 400m free, finishing both in fifth. Heaney-Corns also cut 18 seconds of her 400m IM time, finishing fourth.

Island Swimming’s 12-and-under girls won the gold in the 200m IM relay (Siena Mizel, Ashley Clavelle, Jamie Harker and Marissa Smith). In the 14-plus age category, Ali Rasmussen and Matt DeMerchant won silver in the 200m fly. Jordan Cowan swam his best time in the 400m IM and qualified for the AAA provincials. The 14-15 year old girls relay won silver in the 200m free (Amber Crack, Alexx Greenfield, Ashley Christison and Ali Rasmussen).