PoMo swimmers stroke their way to provincials

The Port Moody Aquarians qualified 28 of its swimmers for the BC Speed Swimming Association’s provincial championships that will take place at Surrey’s Guildford Aquatic Centre, Aug. 16 to 19.

The swimmers earned their way to provincials in 38 individual and six relay events based on results at the Simon Fraser regional swim championships at Burnaby Central Park pool.

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Leela Hayes qualified in the 50m and 100m freestyle events for Division 1 swimmers. She’s also part of the Div 1 girls 200m freestyle and medley relay teams that also include Kinleigh Blane, Zoe Petty and Everleigh Houdsen.

In Div 1 boys, Cale LeCorre qualified in the 100m individual medley, 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle events. Jackson Vanstaalduinen qualified in the 100m individual medley, 50m freestyle, breaststroke and 100m freestyle while Joad Wood qualified by finishing third in the 50m freestyle.

Kida LeCorre qualified in 50m fly for Div 2 girls. Mackenna Petty qualified in the 50m breaststroke as did Abigail Nash, while Alexienna Boessenkool qualified in the 50m backstroke. All four qirls comprise the Dive 2 relays teams that qualified in the 200m medley.

Linus Fong qualified in three Div 2 boys events: 50m freestyle, 50m fly and 50 breaststroke.

Lucas Fong qualified in four Div 3 boys events and Rumi Hayes qualified in the 50m backstroke.

Ava Jones was the lone girls Div 4 swimmer to qualify; she’ll swim in the 100m individual medley while Kalen Murray will swim in the boys Div 4 50m fly and 100m backstroke events.

Div 5 girls qualified Anika Blane in the 100m breaststroke and Tyson Hutt and Quinn Macmillan will swim several events for Div 5 boys. Both are also part of the boys 200m freestyle and 200m medley relay teams that move on and include Ben Billings and Nicholas Yang.

Boys Div 6 qualifiers include Dylan Hewlett in the 50m and 100m freestyle races as well as Ethan Yang in the 50m freestyle.

The only Div 7 swimmer to qualify for an individual event was Devin McCrae, who will swim in the boys 50m freestyle. McCrae, Hewlett, Yang and Eric Militaru also qualified in the boys 200m freestyle relay.

In Div 8, Alicia Kan qualified in the girls’ 50m fly and Kaleigh Sharkey qualified in the 50 and 100m fly.

Matthew Nesdoly qualified in two Div 8 boys’ events: the 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke.

The Simon Fraser regionals also comprised swimmers from the PoCo Marlins, Coquitlam Sharks, the Burnaby Barracudas and Burnaby Mountain Mantas.

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