Twenty-eight swimmers from the Williams Lake Blue Fins combined to finish second place in team scoring last weekend at the club’s first big meet of the year — the Prince George Moose Meet.
“This was the best team results the Blue Fins have had at this meet and every swimmer was a contributor with amazing success,” said Blue Fins’ head coach Chad Webb.
“With over 80 per cent team best times, the entire team raced their way to some impressive results from every swimmer.”
Austin Boehm, Cole Turner and Andrew Haseldine had a breakout meet taking off an impressive amount of time off their swims.
“Cole almost made ‘AA’ provincials which is extremely impressive considering he is fairly new to the sport,” Webb said.
Landon Christensen narrowly missed making ‘AA’ provincials in a pair of events, and will now focus his efforts on qualifying in two weeks in Kamloops.
Taylor Fitzgerald, meanwhile, had a strong meet posting her first ‘AA’ time in the 100-metre backstroke by winning the event and adding solid swims in other events.
Maya Nowotny took more than three minutes off her individual races, while Gracie Frost bettered her times and walked away with two firsts and six seconds, plus a ‘AAA’ provincial time in the 200-metre butterfly.
Webb said relay teams were more than impressive as the 10-and-under girls were second in both relays consisting of Fitzgerald, Claire Brown, Abby Webb and Grace Turner on the medley relay and Brooklyn Carriere on the free team.
The other 10-and-under girls team placed fifth in the free relay consisting of Maya, Gabrielle Knox, Turner and Claire Munroe in her first out-of-town swim meet.
The 11- and 12-year-old girls relay team of Isabelle Knox, Shaylee Syewart, Keanna Saunders and Frost won the medley relay and narrowly finished second in the free relays.
The 13- and 14-year-old boys team of Cole Turner, Liam McCreight, Landon Christensen and Austin Boehm (in the medley relay) and Lucas Nowotny swam to second place.
In the 15-and-over girls division Danika Robson, Kelsey Blockland, Dana Rook (free relay), Kara Zavitz (medley relay), Coral Choi and Madison Blusson (medley relay) came third in the free relay and second in the medley relay.
Top-eight performances are as follows:
Cole Turner: second in 50 back and 50 breast; third in 50 free and 100 free; fourth in 50 fly, fifth in 100 IM, sixth in 100 back.
Landon Christensen: second in 50 free and 100 free; third in 50 fly; fourth in 100 IM and 100 back; sixth in 100 breast and 200 free.
Liam McCreight: first in 50 breast; second in 100 IM; third in 100 breast, 100 free and 200 breast; fourth in 200 free, 200 IM and 100 back.
Andrew Haseldine: fourth in 50 fly; sixth in 100 IM; eighth in 50 breast and 50 free.
Austin Boehm: fourth in 50 back; fifth in 50 free; seventh in 100 free and 50 fly; eighth in 100 IM.
Lucas Nowotny: second in 50 back; third in 100 back; fourth in 100 IM and 50 free; fifth in 100 free; seventh in 200 free.
Gabrielle Knox: second in 25 fly.
Isabelle Knox: second in 50 back; fourth in 50 fly; sixth in 50 free and 100 IM; eighth in 100 free.
Taylor Fitzgerald: first in 50 back, 100 back, 100 breast and 200 IM; second in 50 fly; fourth in 50 free; fifth in 200 free.
Claire Brown: first in 50 fly, 100 free, 50 free and 100 IM; second in 100 breast and 100 back; third in 200 IM; fourth in 200 free.
Shaylee Stewart: sixth in 100 breast and 50 breast; seventh in 50 free.
Keanna Saunders: first in 50 breast, 100 breast and 200 breast; second in 100 IM; third in 200 free, 100 free and 100 fly.
Danika Robson: first in 200 free and 200 IM; second in 100 breast, 100 free, 800 free, 50 free and 200 breast; third in 100 fly.
Gracie Frost: first in 100 IM and 100 fly; second in 200 fly, 200 back, 100 free, 50 free and 100 back.
Coral Choi: first in 100 breast; second in 100 free; fourth in 200 IM; fifth in 100 IM and 50 breast; sixth in 200 free.
Madison Blusson: first in 50 breast; third in 100 breast; fifth in 100 fly and 100 back; sixth in 200 fly and 200 IM.
Mikah Stewart: fourth in 100 breast, 50 breast and 50 free; fifth in 100 free and 100 fly; sixth in 50 fly; eighth in 200 free and 100 back.
Kara Zavitz: third in 50 back; fourth in 100 back; fifth in 100 free; seventh in 50 free; eighth in 200 free and 200 back.
Abby Webb: sixth in 100 free; eighth in 100 IM.
Kelsey Blockland: second in 100 IM, 50 back, 100 fly and 100 back; third in 200 back, 50 free and 100 free; fourth in 200 free.
Dana Rook: third in 50 fly, 50 back and 100 back; fourth in 100 IM; fifth in 100 free, 50 free and 200 free.