Langley Olympians speedy at B.C. championship meet

Sharing the pool with some of B.C.’s best brought out the best in Langley Olympics Swim Club (LOSC) swimmers.

The Olympians won medals while swimming to club records, new qualifying times, and new best times at the B.C. AAA Long Course Championships held at Saanich Commonwealth Place in Victoria last week.

In total, 25 Olympians competed over four days of heats and finals in an event that featured some of the top age group swimmers in the province.

A trio of Olympians achieved Age Group National qualifying times: Jenessa Hillman, 13, in  the 100 and 200m fly events; Josie Field, 12, in the 50m fly; and Joshua Kim, 11, in the 50m breaststroke.

All three swimmers now have the required three qualifying times in order to attend Age Group Nationals in Winnipeg later on this month.

Bailey Herbert, 11, added three more Age Group National qualifying times, which now enables her to swim six events at nationals.

Medal winners at the competition included:



Bailey Herbert in both the 11 & under 100m and 200m breaststroke;

Renae Ledoux, 14, in the 14-15 girls 100m breaststroke;

Hugh McNeill, 11, in the 11 & under 200m backstroke



Bailey Herbert in the 200m fly;

Hugh McNeill in the 400m freestyle;

Boys 12 & under 400m medley relay team (Hugh McNeill, Brayden Kells, Joshua Kim and Ryan Hunter)



Chelsea Borrowdale, 15, in the 14-15 girls 100m breaststroke;

Bailey Herbert in the 200m IM;

Hugh McNeill in the 100m backstroke and 200m fly;

Boys 12 & under 200m freestyle relay team (Joshua Kim, Brayden Kells, Bryce Dong and Hugh McNeill);

Boys 12 & under 200m medley relay team (Hugh McNeill, Brayden Kells, Joshua Kim and Ryan Hunter).

Club record breakers were:

Joshua Kim set new 11-12 boys club records in 50m breaststroke (34.67 seconds), 100m breaststroke (1:16.00), 200m breaststroke (2:45.80) and 200m IM (2:30.88).

The boys 12 & under 200m freestyle relay team (Joshua Kim, Brayden Kells, Bryce Dong and Hugh McNeill) 2:01.22, and the boys 12 & under 400m medley relay team (Hugh McNeill, Brayden Kells, Joshua Kim and Ryan Hunter) 4:56.96.

Dylan Thomas, 11, attending his first AAA championship meet, achieved 100 per cent best times.

As a club, LOSC finished seventh overall

”It was fantastic seeing new swimmers achieve their Age Group National qualifying times,” LOSC head coach Brian Metcalfe said. “The whole team raced well with lots of them making finals, winning medals, gaining new best times, and finishing seventh in the province is an awesome achievement for the club.” 

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