Coquitlam swimmers make splash for Hyacks

Coquitlam’s Peter Huang and Madisen Jacques led their Hyack Swim Club to a sweep of the Short Course winter age group and Long Course provincial championships earlier this month.

Huang, 13, came first in seven events at the short course meet in Vancouver. He won the 100, 200 fly, 50, 200 and 400 free, 100 back and 200 individual medley events. That was just one gold medal shy of the eight won by fellow Hyack swimmer, Justin Jung, who also set a national age group record in the 400-metre IM with a time of 4:48.64.

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Other gold medalists from the Hyack club included Paul Orogo, who place first in the 50 free, 100 and 200 back in the 12-year-old division, and Sunny Zhang who won the 400 IM for 13 year-olds.

In the girls’ events, Yeonwoo Choi registered the fastest time in the 11-year-old girls’ 200 breast. She also added a bronze in the 100 beast and 200 IM. Ashley Ko, 12, won a silver and four bronze medals, while Yuka Plersic finished third in three events for 10-year-olds, and Luna Cheung finished third in the 200 back.

At the long course meet in Kamloops Jacques took top honours in the 14-and-under 200 fly, and silver in both the 100 fly and 400 IM. She also helped the 13-14-year-old 200 free relay team that also included Cassidy Gary, Eva Wen and Allison Shen, set a new provincial record for the event.

Other top medalists from the Hyack club included Octavia Lau, who won five events as well as silver in the 50 free and 200 fly, Sehajvir Singh. who won the 16-and-over boys’ 400 free and finished third in the 800 free, as well as Peter Huang, 13, who won the 200 fly and finished second in the 100 fly and 200 free.

“We have been in and around the win at this meet for several years now,” said Hyack coach Mark Bottrill of his side’s dominating performance in which nearly every one of its swimmers qualified for a final. “It was exciting to see the group exceed expectations and quite handily win the meet.”

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