Golden Spike meet lives up to its name for Aquarian swimmers

Port Moody Aquarians’ swimmer Ava Jones placed first in all six of her events, and led her relay teams to two top placings at the club’s recent Golden Spike meet, held last weekend at Westhill Pool.

Jones finished atop the podium in the 200 IM, 50 free, 50 fly, 100 back, 100 breast and 100 free. She also set four personal best times.

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The meet attracted more than 420 swimmers from seven clubs across Metro Vancouver, including the Aquarians, Port Coquitlam Marlins, Coquitlam Sharks, Burnaby Mountain Mantas and Burnaby Barracudas, as well as the Haney Neptunes and Surrey Sea Lions.

Other top results by Aquarian swimmers included Tyson Hutt, who set six personal best times on his way to first in three events and two relays, along with seconds in the 100 back, 100 free and the 100 IM. He also won the boys’ Eliminator race and swam the fastest 50 freestyle race of the entire event, completing the sprint in 26.14 seconds.

Mackenna Petty finished first in three event, the IM, 50 free and 50 breast, and second in the 100 free and 50 back.

Everleigh Housden had a first in the 100 free, two seconds and a pair of thirds.

Laura Sarte was first in the 50 free and 50 back, along with two seconds and a relay first.

Cale Lecorre touched the wall first in three events, along with a second place, a third and another first in the freestyle relay.

Jacob Barts had two first place finishes and a pair of thirds, while Jackson Vanstaalduinen finished first in the freestyle relay, in addition to a pair of seconds and a third place in individual races.

Anika Blane set six personal best times and six swimmers — Megan Clarke, Alysha Barts, Isla Gardiner, Scott Hunter, Jacob Nash and Graeme Sarte, set five personal bests each.

Anna Sohi, of the Coquitlam Sharks, won the female Eliminator race, which is comprised of three rounds of open 50m freestyle races to determine the meet’s fastest swimmers.

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