Winning gold medals and setting national records along the way, Danielle Kisser of the Delta Sungod Swim Club has qualified for the Para-World Championships.
Kisser, 16, just missed qualifying for last summer’s Paralympic Games in London, England, but lowered her personal best time by eight seconds in the 100m breast stroke race.
Her swim at the Can-Am Championships earlier this month in Minneapolis, Minnesota established a new Canadian record for SB6 athletes and qualified her for the Para-World competition in August in Montreal.
Kisser won gold in the 100m breast stroke event, and added a second gold medal in the 200m breast stroke. She won silver medals in the 200m individual medley and 100m back stroke events, as well as a bronze in the 50m freestyle. All medal swims were new Canadian-record times.
Kisser also broke the national record in the 50m butterfly, a race in which she placed fourth.
n Sungod swimmer Reece Landry, 10, set seven new Swungod club records at the Langley Long Course Invitational.
Competing in the boys 10-and-under group, Landry set new marks in the 400m and 1,500m freestyle, 100m and 200m breast stroke, the 200m butterfly, and the 200m and 400m individual medley events.
He won six gold medals, taking the silver medal in the 200m individual race. He also qualified for the BC Provincial AAA championships in the 200m breast stroke.
Michael Milic, 14, and Elena Penner, 12, combined for five gold medals. Milic won his 100m breast stroke, 100m back stroke and 800m freestyle races, adding a silver medal in the 200m back stroke and a fourth place finish in the 400m individual medley and 200m breast stroke.
Penner won gold in the 200m individual medley and 100m back stroke, and took the bronze medal in the 200m back stroke and 200m butterfly events.
Hailey Penner, 10, won a silver medal in the 100m freestyle and a bronze in the 100m butterfly. She was fourth in the 200m individual medley and fifth in the 400m freestyle.
Young Ye, 12, won a pair of bronze medals in the 200m freestyle and 100m back stroke.
Claudia Baxter and Albert Yu won one medal each while placing in the top five three times. Baxter, 12, won a bronze medal in the 200m breast stroke race, and was fourth in both the 400m freestyle and 200m individual medley.
Yu, 12, was the bronze medalist in the 200m breast stroke race, and was fourth in the 200m individual medley and fifth in the 200m butterfly.
Aidan McDonough, 11, was fourth in his 100m breast stroke race and fifth in the 200m freestyle, while Noah Landry, 13, was fourth in the 200m butterfly.