The Langley Olympians opened their season with a splash last weekend at the UBC Aquatic Centre.
Members from the local swim club shattered meet and club records, and dominated several of their swims at the 2011 VPSC Invitational Meet.
Langley's 11 and over athletes swam in nine events over two days, accumulating aggregate scores for each age category.
The 10 and under athletes swam in eight events over two days. This first short course (25-metre pool) meet of the season was hosted by Vancouver Pacific Swim Club (VPSC)
LOSC swimmers were competing against the best age group swimmers in the Lower Mainland, with more than 370 swimmers from 11 clubs.
LOSC swimmers raced exceptionally well and came away with a large number of trophies, meet records, club records, and best times.
Nine-year-olds Hugh McNeill and Bailey Herbert both placed first overall in their 9 and under age group.
Bailey was on fire as she placed first in six events (100m fly, 50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 100m IM, 50m fly, and 100m breaststroke) and second in two events (100m freestyle and 100m backstroke), setting a new meet record in the 9 and under 50m breaststroke with a time of 44.20 seconds. Bailey also came away with a pair of provincial AA qualifying times in the 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke, as well as achieving 100 per cent best times.
Hugh was also on exceptional form, placing first in all his events.
In the 10-year-olds category, Joshua Kim placed first overall after winning all his events.
Joshua broke three meet records in the 50m breaststroke, in a time of 38.82 seconds, 100m breaststroke (1: 24.66), and 100m IM (1: 18.27.)
These times also earned Joshua LOSC club records along with his 50m backstroke (36.90 seconds), 50m fly (36.32 seconds), and 100m fly (1: 23.37).
Josie Field placed third overall in the 10-year-old girls' competition with seven new best times. Josie was second in the 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke, third in the 100m fly, 100m freestyle, 100m IM, and 50m fly, fourth in the 50m breaststroke, and fifth in the 100m breaststroke.
In the 11-year-old age category, Brayden Kells and Avery Martin placed fifth and seventh, respectively. Brayden also achieved a 12-year-old provincial AAA time in the 100m breaststroke, racing to a time of 1: 28.69.
Both boys achieved 100 per cent best times.
Ellen Lansing placed seventh in the girls' competition, also gaining 100 per cent best times.
Twelve-year-old Lisa Grier placed third overall in her age group with eight out of nine best times, with Meredith Clark swimming to eighth place.
Meredith had eight out of nine best times over the course of the weekend.
Langley's 13-year old-girls grabbed three out of the top four spots with Robyn Nakano second, Chelsea Borrowdale third, and Renae Ledoux in fourth place. Renae was another high achiever with 100 per cent best times.
Justin Schramm, 14, placed second overall in his age category with club records in the 50m breaststroke, 100m fly, 100m breaststroke, and 100m IM.
Metcalfe, 14, won her age group. Hillary has won her age category at this meet, and every year since she was eight years old.
In the 15 and over category, Martha Metcalfe, 16, came in fifth overall with teammate Siobhan Board, 15, right behind her in sixth place.
Bennett MacDonald, 13, achieved his provincial AA times in the 100m fly and 50m with Nevana Solar, 12, getting her AA time in the 100m backstroke.
Other Olympians who swam to 100 per cent best times at the meet were Mackenzie Dong, Bennett MacDonald, Brandon Miller, Erin Moloney, and Milana Solar.
Speaking of his team of young swimmers, Olympians head coach Brian Metcalfe said, "This was an awesome start to our season."
"It's always a great confidence boost for so many of our swimmers to come out of an early meet with so many best times, records, and placings," Metcalfe said. "We are looking forward to what we can now achieve at our next meet and indeed for the rest of the season."
The Olympians have a busy month ahead of them, as they host their annual Short Course Meet on Nov. 17-18 at Walnut Grove Pool.
There will be a number of clubs attending with some of the top age group swimmers from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
The meet runs Saturday with heats 8 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. and finals 5: 30-7: 30 p.m., and Sunday with heats 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and finals 4-6 p.m.
On Nov. 25, the Olympians are hosting a novice meet for their younger developmental swimmers. The event will be attended by three other local clubs and will run 9: 15 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.
LANGLEY CRIBBAGE LEAGUE
Scores as of Nov. 1
Willoughby 22, Fort Langley 14 Murrayville 23, Milner 13 Langley 18, Harmsworth 18
Willoughby 99, Milner 94, Harmsworth 92, Murrayville 89, Fort Langley 84, Langley 84