Successful finish for Sunfish swimmers

Summer season concludes with provincial meet in Coquitlam

A strong showing at the BCSSA (BC Summer Swimming Association) championships in Coquitlam brought the summer season to an end for the North Delta Sunfish.

The week-long meet Aug. 12-18 in Coquitlam involved four aquatic sports: water polo, synchronized swimming, diving and swimming.

With strong results from swimming and water polo, the Sunfish team placed 16th among the 53 clubs from B.C. and Washington, and were led by eight year-old Owyn Jones with three medals and Tanaya Makazu, 13, with two.

Makazu, a Division IV (12-13) swimmer, won a gold medal in the 100m back stroke, and also took the silver medal in both the 100m breast stroke and 200m individual medley. She won the consolation race in the 100m freestyle event to place ninth overall.

Competing in Division One (eight-and-under), Jones won a silver medal in the 100m freestyle race and added bronze medals swims in the 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle and the 100m individual medley.

Kiana Beaton was the third Sunfish swimmer to win a medal, claiming the bronze in the Division Seven (20-and-over) 100m breast stroke race. She also qualified for finals in the 200m individual medley and the 100m freestyle, placing fifth and sixth respectively. She placed 13th in the 50m butterfly.

Other Division One finalists were Harbir Grewal (sixth in the 100m freestyle and 50m breast stroke), and Nicholas Furneaux (fourth in 50m back stroke).

Ashton Erickson was fourth in the 100m back stroke, fifth in the 200m individual medley and eighth in the 100m beast stroke in Division Five (13-15), while Emily Blacklaw was fifth in the 100m butterfly and sixth in the 50m butterfly.

Janine Low placed fourth in the 50m back stroke in Division 2 (nine-10), and Josh Ling was fifth in the 200m individual medley in Division 7 (17-19).

Jones, Grewal, Furneaux and Luke Teskey combined to win a medal for the Sunfish club in the Division One boys 200m freestyle race.

Sunfish relays qualified in the following events:

Placing fourth in freestyle and fifth in medley was the Division Seven boys team of Ling, Erickson, Sinjon Marsh, Brian Wong and Turner Marsh.

The Division 6 girls relay team of  Blacklaw, Makazu, Heather Welch and Megan Low placed seventh in both the  200m medly and freestyle races.

Beaton, Mackenzie Jackson, Milena Kollay and Natalie Szakum comprised the Sunfish entry which placed sixth in the medley relay in Division Eight girls.

In water polo competition, the Sunfish team lost a best-of-three series for the gold medal, and placed second in the under-18 group. The under-16 team placed fourth, while the under-14 group was seventh despite drawing all but five players from the under-12 and under-10 age groups.

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