Members of the Delta Sungod Swim Club enjoyed a successful weekend at the Fall Into Finals meet in New Westminster last weekend, an event that featured 350 swimmers.
Two Sungod swimmers earned medals, four achieved provincial qualifying times, seven set new personal bests and 14 swimmers qualified for event finals.
“(Sungod) swimmers progressed well through the two day meet with regards to being tough. There were plenty of good swims on Sunday night which was pleasing,” said head coach Kurt Murphy, explaining there were two goals for every swimmer at the meet.
“The first is to swim fast enough in the morning to get into a top-eight position, this gets them into the event’s final, and then swim faster that evening during the finals.”
Albert Yu, 13, won a gold medal in his 200m breast stroke race, adding a silver in the 100m breast stroke. He also qualified for a pair of freestyle finals, placing seventh over 100m and eighth over 200m.
Hailey Penner, 12, won a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle, was fifth in the 400m individual medley, sixth in the 200m butterfly and seventh in both the 200m breast stroke and freestyle races.
Nicholas Kidd, 16, achieved a qualifying time for the B.C. AAA Championships in the 200m back stroke while placing fifth. He was also seventh in the 400m individual medley.
Harbir Grewal, Victor Lucy and Maddison Lupien had qualifying times for the B.C. AA Championships. Grewal, 10, qualified in four events. He was fifth in the 100m breast stroke, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly, sixth in the 200m freestyle and eighth in the 50m freestyle.
Swimming to personal best times in every event they entered were Claudia Baxter, 14, Amaris Sandoval Gutierrez, 13, Samantha Kidd, 13, Meghan Loshinin, 13, Ishika Mroke, 12, Lauren Vossen, 13 and nine year-old Delphine Wang.
Baxter just missed winning a medal, placing fourth in the 100m and 200m breast stroke races. She was also sixth in the 400m individual medley.
Also placing fourth was 16 year-old Milan Milic in the 200m breast stroke and 100m back stroke. He added a sixth place finish in the 200m individual medley.
Elena Penner, 14, was fourth in the 400m individual medley and sixth in the 200m butterfly. Akashvir Singh Bhangu, 10, placed sixth in the 100m breast stroke and the 50m and 100m freestyle races. He was also seventh in the 100m butterfly.
Sarveen Sangha, 11, swam to seventh-place finishes in the 100m breast stroke and freestyle races, while Sarah Morey, 12, was seventh in the 100m back stroke and eighth in the 50m freestyle. Aaron Zhou, 11, was sixth in the 100m butterfly and seventh in the 100m freestyle
Placing eighth in their respective finals were Noah Landry, 14 (200m butterfly), Lupien, (200m butterfly), and Wang (100m butterfly).