Breaking personal best marks habit-forming for the Breakers

Div. 1 regional relay bronze medal winners from the Breakers have good reason to smile. - submitted
Div. 1 regional relay bronze medal winners from the Breakers have good reason to smile.
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Cowichan Valley Breakers achieved a team best fourth overall among the region’s 10 clubs during the B.C. Summer Swimming Association’s provincial championships at Nanaimo.

All the Breakers had an outstanding meet with nearly 100 % best times.

“I want to thank the Breakers for an amazing summer season with some fantastic swimming, and memories that I’ll always remember,’’ noted coach Jen Efford. “I’m so proud of our swimmers.’’

Efford even swam in the event as a member of the Div. 8 female regional relay team that earned a silver medal. The Vancouver Island Gators coaches also won the coach’s miracle mile relay and the region came fourth overall, its best finish yet.

Standout performances from the Breakers included: Reid Urquhart in the 50-metre fly and the Div. 7 boys’ free relay. Urquhart handled the pressure of the big meet well and achieved best times along the way.

Kealey Scott was the team’s little superstar. She qualified for finals in all four of her events and won a bronze medal in the 100 I.M.

Scott also swam the freestyle leg of the gold medal winning regional relay, with an unofficial best time of 38 seconds.

William Townsend finished off a strong season with a 28.6-second split in his 50 freestyle during the Div. 7 boys’ free relay that placed sixth in the 200 free and seventh in the 200 medley relay.

Maddoc Trafford lived up to the hype as a most valuable backstroker. After a great weekend in the individual events and on the Breakers’ Div. 2 boys’ relay, Trafford got a best time by three seconds in the 50 backstroke split and helped the Div. 1 boys’ regional relay team to a bronze medal.

There was also a water polo component to the championships.

Haeley Lowe, 14, Sydnae Lowe, 12, and Abram Cox, 12, competed against athletes up to age 18. Their mash team that also consisted of players from Oak Bay, Courtenay and Nanaimo fought hard for five games to win a bronze medal.

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