The pre-Christmas rush can apply to competitive swimming, too.
Recently, members of the Langley Olympians Swim Club [LOSC] were busy attending three meets in one weekend, visiting Oregon, Richmond, and Chilliwack.
Each team of Langley athletes came away with top three placings and best times, with some also achieving new qualifying times and new club records.
The small group of Olympians who travelled to Oregon included 15 year olds Chelsea Borrowdale, and Renae Ledoux, and 16 year olds Hillary Metcalfe and Justin Schramm, all of whom attended the 2014 Thunderbolt Junior International meet in Tualatin Hills.
Teams from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Oregon and a team from Germany competed at the meet.
All swimmers needed to achieve qualifying times in order to attend. Each Olympians swimmer made finals, with Hillary Metcalfe winning bronze medals in the 200m breaststroke, 100m IM, 50m breaststroke, and 100m breaststroke, with best times in all these events. Hillary is now in the top 16 in Canada based on her times at this meet.
Eighteen LOSC athletes were in Richmond for the 2014 FastSwim Meet hosted by Richmond Rapids Swim Club. This three-day meet that included heats and finals was attended by clubs from all over B.C. along with a squad from Edmonton.
The Langley swimmers raced well with many of them making finals and winning medals.
Bailey Herbert, 12, achieved her first 15 & under Western Canadian Qualifying time in the 200m breaststroke (2:44.24). Competing in the 12/13 age group, she also won gold in this event as well as the 50m and 100m breaststroke swims, to go with a bronze in the 200m IM.
Joshua Kim, 12, broke club records in the 12/13 boys 200m IM, 50m breaststroke, and 200m breaststroke.
Joshua won gold in the 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle, and silver in the 200m freestyle and 200m breaststroke.
Other Langley swimmers who placed in the top three were:
Reagen Bedard, 11, in the 11 & under girls 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke; Hugh McNeill, 11, in the 11 & under boys 200m IM, 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 400m IM, 200m backstroke, 50m backstroke, and 400m freestyle; Andrea Pierangeli, 17, in the 16 & over boys 200m freestyle, 50m fly, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, and 50m freestyle.
Reagen Bedard in the 100m freestyle; Reese Blunden, 11, in the 11 & under girls 800m freestyle; Hugh McNeill in the 100m freestyle and 100m fly; Andrea Pierangeli in the 400m freestyle; Dylan Thomas, 11, in the 11 & under boys 50m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke.
Reagen Bedard in the 400m freestyle and 50m freestyle; Josie Field, 13, in the 12-13 year girls 400m freestyle; Mia Goretic, 11, in the 11 & under girls 100m backstroke; David Pinsky, 18, in the boys 16 & over 50m freestyle; and Dylan Thomas in the 200m IM and 400m IM.
Mia Goretic also achieved 100m per cent best times at the meet.
Thirteen Olympians were at the Spartan Santa LMR Meet hosted by the Chilliwack Spartans.
This competition was held over two days and was a timed finals meet. All swimmers attending this LMR meet needed to have achieved their regional qualifying time of under 4:00 in the 200IM. There were teams from all over the Lower Mainland in attendance.
Brayden Herbert, 10, touched the wall first in the 10 & under boys 100m breaststroke and second in the 200m breaststroke; Tianyu Ma, 16, placed second in the 14 & over boys 50m freestyle; Erin Moloney, 15, swam to third in the 14 & over girls 200m IM; John Park, 10, placed first in the 10 & under boys 200m freestyle, 50m freestyle, and 100m freestyle, to go along with a second place result in the 200m IM; Milana Solar, 12, was third in the 12/13 girls 100m backstroke; Luke Stewart-Beinder, 10, placed second in the 10 & under boys 50m freestyle and third in the 100m backstroke; and Brooklyn Swaan, 10, placed second in the 10 & under girls 200m breaststroke.
Isobel McNeill, eight, broke the 8 & under girls club record in the 100m backstroke, with a time of 1:39.03.
â€œWe had a fantastic weekend of racing and I am so pleased with all my swimmers,â€ Olympians head coach Brian Metcalfe said. â€œA big congratulations to Bailey Herbert for achieving her first 15 & under Western Canadian qualifying time in the 200m breaststroke.â€