Masters swimmers make most of pool time at Nanaimo meet

The first meet of the year for B.C. master swimmers was held on Jan. 28 in Nanaimo and the White Rock Wave made their presence felt.

The Wave sent 11 members to Nanaimo and, after coping with a ferry cancellation, the group made it to the pool early enough to only miss four events. To make matters worse, a return ferry was also cancelled, forcing the White Rock swimmers to make an early departure and miss out on six events at the end of the meet.

In between arrival and departure, the Wave managed to pick up 13 gold medals at the meet.

Gold medallists included: Barb Mittermaier, 51 (50-metre freestyle); Nancy Waterman, 52 (100m breaststroke); Craig Slater, 54 (50m free and 200m individual medley); Theo Manley, 59 (200m IM and 200m free); Sharyn Richardson, 60 (50m and 100m free); Becky Willis, 66 (50m free); Alida Brichon, 73 (50m back and 200m breast); and Tony Pease, 75 (50m and 200m free).

Wave teams also placed first in the women’s 4x50m medley relay (200+ years) and second in both the women’s 4x50m medley relay (240+ years) and the mixed 4x50m medley relay (200+ years).

Gymnasts shine

Surrey Gymnastics Society athletes were back in action in Coquitlam Feb. 1-2 at the Omega Invitational meet.

In the provincial 2 argo (10 and under) category, 10-year-old Maria Bashko won the silver all-around medal, winning the gold on floor and bronze on the beam. Teammate Chenay Wong placed sixth all-around.

In provincial 2 tyro (11-and 12-year-olds) competition, South Surrey’s Sarah Tobin won a bronze medal for her all-around skills. She placed second in the balance beam, third in floor exercises and sixth on the uneven bars. Eva Woodward placed seventh on both bars and the beam, while Cassandra Principe was sixth on the beam.

In the provincial 3 tyro (11-and 12-yearolds) category, 12-year-old South Surrey resident Alexa Cannon placed eighth in the all-around competition highlighted a fourth-place finish on the beam and sixthplace finish in floor exercises.

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