Langley Olympians Swim Club members who have already qualified for the B.C. AAA Championships in Victoria now have company.
Olympians Bailey Herbert, 10, and Brandon Miller, 15, will be joining their teammates at the prestigious meet after swimming to AAA qualifying times at the 2013 Swim B.C. Short Course (25metre pool) AA Championships at the Surrey Sports and Leisure Centre.
Just under 400 swimmers converged on the meet, hosted by the Surrey Knights Swim Club.
As always, this is always one of the most exciting meets of the year, as most of these swimmers were there seeking to attain their first AAA times to qualify for AAA championships, including seven swimmers from the LOSC.
Bailey was the first LOSC team member to achieve a AAA time in the 11 & under 200m IM event last Friday, Feb. 8.
Bailey's heat time sent her to the finals in first place, but she was still shy of her AAA time by four seconds. In the final, she raced harder and came in just under the AAA qualifying time, grabbing the gold medal in this event at the same time.
Bailey's success continued and she went on the get two more AAA times in the 200m breaststroke and 400m IM. Her 400m IM swim also won her another gold medal.
Bailey made finals in the 200m breaststroke, placing sixth, and seventh in the 100m breaststroke while achieving 100 per cent best times.
Brandon waited until Sunday to produce a superb swim in the 15 & over 200m backstroke, which gave him his AAA time and fourth place overall in this event. Brandon placed first in the 100m backstroke, fourth in the 1500m freestyle and fifth in the 400m freestyle.
Jenessa Hillman, 12, made finals in the 12-year-old girls 400m freestyle, finishing first overall, and swam to second overall in the 800m freestyle.
Jenessa also achieved 100 per cent best times.
Hugh McNeill, nine, made finals in the 11 & under boys 50m freestyle, placing eighth, and 200m backstroke, finishing seventh overall.
Sierra Cook, 11, made finals in the 11 & under girls 100m freestyle, racing to fourth overall.
Sierra also achieved 100 per cent best times.
Olympians assistant head coach Linda Metcalfe said of her swimmers, "It was such an exciting weekend of racing. The swimmers have all been training hard for this meet and it showed in their performances in the water. I am so proud of them all. Well done to my two new AAA qualifiers. This means that Langley will now have a very strong team at the B.C. AAA championships at the end of the month."
Olympians registration is ongoing.
Call 604-532-5257 or visit www.langleyolympians.com for information.
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