The B.C. summer swimming championships were held in Coquitlam from Aug. 15-18. The event draws thousands of swimmers, officials and spectators for aquatic sports, including synchronized swimming, diving, water polo and competitive swimming.
Three Creston Wave Swim Club members competed on the Kootenay regional team at the provincial championships. All three, Kieran, Emily and Sierra Simpson, achieved personal best times and qualified to swim on the Kootenay regional relay teams.
Sierra achieved a best time in all four of her races, including 1.93 seconds off of her 50-metre freestyle for a time of 36.05 seconds. She also placed 20th in the Div. 3 girls 100-metre individual medley, and 22nd in the 50-metre butterfly, 50-metre freestyle and 100-metre freestyle.
Kieran Simpson achieved a best time in his 50-metre freestyle for a time of 29.34 seconds, placing him 19th for Div. 6 boys. He also placed 18th in the 100-metre butterfly, 22nd in the 50-metre butterfly and 15th in the preliminaries of 100-metre breaststroke, ending up 16th in finals.
Emily Simpson took time off in four of her races and made finals in three of her races. She placed 18th in the girls Div. 5 50-metre freestyle with a time of 31.37 seconds, 14th in 100-metre butterfly and 15th in 50-metre butterfly. Emily also made the A final (top eight swimmers) in her 100-metre breaststroke by placing third in the morning preliminaries, putting her up for medal contention. She raced strong in finals, taking off 2.11 seconds, placing her sixth in the province for Div. 5 girls.
The Creston Wave team will be taking a break while the Creston and District Community Complex pool has its annual maintenance. The club hopes to begin a high school swim team mid-September to train for the B.C. high school championships, which will be held in Richmond in late November.
—CRESTON WAVE SWIM CLUB