Williams Lake Blue Fins swimmers Peyton Bailey (left) and Gabrielle Knox (centre) both swam to strong meets this past weekend in Kamloops, (Photo submitted)

Blue Fins set records, post best result ever at Kamloops meet

Twenty-six Blue Fins travelled to Kamloops Dec. 15-16 to test their skills

The Williams Lake Blue Fins Swim Club continues to impress head coach Chad Webb.

Twenty-six Blue Fins travelled to Kamloops Dec. 15-16 to test their skills against some of the best swimmers in the province. Webb noted the team posted its best-ever result at the meet, ranking sixth overall just behind Prince George.

“Scoring points for the team came from almost every member of the club as many of them swam to a top-16 performance in finals,” Webb said.

Top 16 finalists for the Fins were: Peyton Bailey, Melissa Elefson, Rachel Elefson, Taylor Fitzgerald, Aliya Grant, Jadyn Grant, Nic Gysel, Braedi Hamar, Brianna Irawan, Gabby Knox, Morgan Langford, Emma Grace MacDonald, Cristelle Panida, Jadyn Johnston, Lucas Johnston, Dane Ramier, Andrew Shearer, Rowan Smith, Jordyn Stokes and Abby Webb.

Jordyn Stokes clinched yet another provincial time to qualify for provincial in Vancouver in late February. Aliya Grant and Braedi Hamar also came very close to achieving their second qualifying times, but Webb said will have to wait for another meet after the holiday break.

“Many of our local swimmers did an amazing job, but Peyton Bailey and Gabby Knox were amazing,” Webb said, noting Knox was first in the 100- and 200-metre freestyle, second in the 200-metre individual medley, 100-metre backstroke, 100-metre breaststroke, 400-metre freestyle and 100-metre butterfly, and third in the 200-metre backstroke.

Peyton, meanwhile, shaved off a significant amount of time from her best swims and finished first in the 200-metre butterfly, third in the 50-metre and 100-metre freestyle, 200-metre breaststroke and 100-metre butterfly.

“Peyton and Gabby were instrumental in the relays, as well, as the 11-12 (year old) girls finished with a fourth and a second-place finish with relay members Braedi Hamar and Jordyn Stokes,” Webb said.

Gabby swam in both the 11-12 girls relay and the 13-14 girls relay helping Fitzgerald, Abby and Panida achieve two club records in both the relay teams, which placed fifth and second.

Gabby and Peyton also shattered 30-plus year-old club records, Webb said.

Jadyn Johnston placed first in the 200-metre individual medley and 400-metre individual medley, second in the 100-metre butterfly, 200-metre backstroke and 200-metre breaststroke and third in the 100-metre freestyle. Jadyn also took down an old club record in the 200-metre breaststroke at the meet.

Lucas, meanwhile, grabbed a pair of third-place results in the 400-metre freestyle and 100-metre butterfly and finished up fourth in five other events.

Andrew Shearer placed well coming in first in the 50-metre backstroke, 100-metre individual medley and 50-metre butterfly and second in the 100-metre backstroke and 50-metre freestyle, and third in the 200-metre individual medley.

Fitzgerald also had some great swims placing first in the 200-metre backstroke, second in the 400-metre individual medley and third in the 100-metre backstroke.

Melissa Elefson placed third in the 50-metre backstroke and 50-metre breaststroke.

“It was great to have so many new faces in the finals for our team and so many of our kids improving significantly and placing very well,” Webb said.

“A total team effort by this group in individual swims, relays and team spirit.”

Jordyn Stokes now joins the Age Group Provincial team that has already qualified from the Fins: Peyton Bailey, Lucas Johnston, Gabby Knox and Rowan Smith, while the Senior Provincial Team qualifiers are Taylor Fitzgerald, Jadyn Johnston and Abby Webb.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Williams Lake city council to approve whale mural

Through e-mail poll of council mural was accepted, it will be ratified at a regular meeting

PHOTOS: Barkerville planning for Halloween events and virtual field trips

This year’s Halloween events will focus on traditional trick or treating, and tickets are limited

New cargo van for Williams Lake Salvation Army

Walmart Foundation helps fund purchase

105 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as health officials urge B.C. to remember safety protocols

There are currently 1268 active cases, with 3,337 people under public health monitoring

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

B.C. nurses report rise in depression, anxiety, exhaustion due to pandemic

A new UBC study looks into how the COVID-19 response has impacted frontline nurses

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Search suspended for Indigenous elder last seen mushroom picking in northwest B.C.

Mushroom picker Thomas (Tommy) Dennis has been missing since Sept. 16

16 MLAs retiring from B.C. politics add up to $20M in pensions: Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers pay $4 for every dollar MLAs contribute to their pensions

‘Bonnie’ and ‘Henry’ among latest litter of service dog puppies

B.C. Alberta Guide Dogs names two pups after provincial health officer

Most Read