Provincial and region qualifiers determined
The first competition of the season brought out a big crew of 31 Duncan Stingrays, who all achieved some fantastic results.
Duncan Swim Team members went to an event hosted by the Nanaimo Riptides. A new staff member, Colleen Smith, was also on board.
“Our swimmers are always keen to race and especially with this being the first meet of the season,’’ noted head coach Leanne Sirup.
“Their hard work and focus on the details up to this point has definitely been reflected in all of their improvements.’’
Kealey Scott, 10, obtained a regional 10 and under AAA qualifying time in the 100-metre breaststroke of 1:45.25.
Posting AA provincial qualifying times were: Megan Lewis, 12, in the 50 free (32.43); Jasmin Marston, 13, in the 200 breast (3:15.00); James Ogihara-Kertz, 13, in the 200 free (2:27.96), 50 free (30.36) and 100 free (1:07.59); and Justin Garrow, 15, in the 100 back (1:11.57).
Mya Smith, 10, and Olin Dahlstrom, 9 both had regional AA qualifying times in the 50 free of 42.23 and 41.44, respectively.
The large majority of the Duncan swimmers achieved personal bests across the board. The group included: Jamie Bell, 11; Mathias Bell, 14; Jotei Browne, 12; Jessica Castle, 9; Oliver Castle, 11; Cate Cochrane, 9; Dahlstrom; Garrow; Tawney Geddes, 14; Kayla Laberge, 12; Rosie Lee, 15; Lewis; Marston; Ogihara-Kertz; Malia Prystupa, 10; Randi Robertson, 12; Scott; Ava Smith, 9; Mya Smith; Tess Van Nieuwkerk, 10; Janey Woolls, 10; and Robyn Zinkan, 12.
One event short of all personal bests were: Zeara Broadway, 12; Montana Prystupa, 13; Savanah Van Nieuwkerk, 13; and Esmee Zinkan, 15.
Lalaine Gower, 13, had four personal bests while Haakon Koyote, 15, attained three and Jeremy Kissack, 13, and Chelesa Langelo, 22, managed one apiece.
Frederika Ionescu, 12, is a newcomer to the group.
The Island Pacific Cup was on the agenda for swimmers during the long weekend in Victoria, with teams from all over B.C. and the Northwest United States attending.