Spartans thrive with home-pool advantage

Chilliwack Spartan swimmers powered their way to the podium at the AA BC Swim Championships, held at the Landing Leisure Centre.

Chilliwack’s Spartan Swim Club welcomed BC’s best in the AA division,  hosting the BC Championships Feb. 13-15 at the Landing Leisure Centre.

Thirteen Spartans competed.

A record fell in the 12-13 year old girls division, with Haley Klenk leading the way. Klenk won three races, grabbing gold in the 100 and 200 metre backstrokes and 100m freestyle.

Her time in the 200m backstroke set a new Spartans mark, and she added a silver in the 50m freestyle.

Tavleen Grewal took two medals with a win in the 50m backstroke and a third place finish in the 200m backstroke. Grewal was fourth in the 400m individual medley.

Meghan Carmichael placed eighth in the 800m freestyle.

Jessica Jou shone in the 11-and-under girls division, grabbing gold in the 50, 100 and 200 metre freestyle races. She added silver in the 400m freestyle.

Jaelyn Bjornerud-Brown produced five podium finishes. She was first in the 200m breaststroke and 400m individual medley.

She scored silver in the 200m IM, adding bronze in the 200 and 400m freestyles.

Halle Causton took top spot in the 100m butterfly and 200m I.M. races, placing second in the 200m backstroke.

She just missed the podium in two other races, finishing fourth in the 200 and 400m freestyles.

Chase Bjornerud-Brown reached the podium with a third place finish in the 200m IM.

The 11-and-under boys division saw Calvin Dumont-Belanger battle to bronze in the 1500m freestyle.

In the 14-and-over girls division Barrett Catalfamo snagged silver in the 100m butterfly and 400m IM. She was third in the 200m butterfly and fourth in the 200m IM.

Nadia Strelioff placed fifth in the 200m breaststroke and sixth in the 100m breaststroke. Sydney Torok was sixth in the 800m freestyle and eighth in the 200m butterfly.

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