Following an awards ceremony last week recognizing the outstanding achievements of Williams Lake Blue Fins swimmers, athletes were back in the water during the weekend at the B.C. Long Course ‘AA’ Championships.
Cole Turner, Landon Christensen and Gracie Frost divvied up nine medals at the meet, held over three days at Kamloops’ Tournament Capital Centre.
“Cole and Landon dominated the 12- to 13-year-old events winning two events each,” said Blue Fins head coach Chad Webb. “The boys won every 13- and 14-year-old individual event for the evening and even took gold and silver in the 100-metre back together.”
Webb said Turner and Christensen are continuing on with their hunt for the ‘AAA’ championships as they posted qualifying times in most of their swims.
Frost, 12, also had a good showing battling to sixth in the 100-metre back and 14th in the 50-metre freestyle.
Day two didn’t see the Blue Fins slowing down as Christensen took more than four seconds off his 100-metre butterfly and beat the competition by more than seven metres to clinch his third gold medal of the weekend.
Turner also continued to haul in the medals taking more than six seconds off his 100-metre freestyle and narrowly missed another gold medal by six 100ths of a second.
Day three of the event saw the Blue Fins swimming one event each.
“They all made the finals once again,” Webb said. “Landon cruised to a gold medal in the 200 back, with Cole on his heels with another silver. Grace finished her 200 back in another impressive sixth place as she raced girls that were a year older.”
The Blue Fins will now travel to the ‘AAA’ provincials this coming weekend in Victoria with Kara Zavitz, Ashley Beauchamp, Taylor Fitzgerald and Cole Turner representing the club. Christensen also qualified for the event, however, because his birthday is in between meets he will have to qualify in the new age group.