Williams Lake Blue Fins Coral Choi (left) won a bronze medal and Madison Blusson (right) won a silver medal in the 50-metre breast stroke on the weekend at the Kamloops Classic Swim Club’s MJB Law Classic. Both girls achieved an Age Group National time.

Blue Fins solid in Kamloops

The Williams Lake Blue Fins swam to some great performances over the weekend at the Kamloops MJB Law Classic Swim Meet.

The Williams Lake Blue Fins swam to some great performances over the weekend at the Kamloops MJB Law Classic Swim Meet.

Chad Webb, head coach of the Blue Fins, said the Blue Fins won the top small team award and splashed away tied for 12th overall.

He said with 22 lakecity swimmers, the Blue Fins had a great showing at the meet earning a significant amount of personal best times, along with many new provincial and even national age group times.

Swimmers who earned top 16 individual finishes, competing against some of the best swimmers in the province, were Ashley Beauchamp, Tracey Beauchamp and David Russell.

Swimmers who nabbed top eight individual results were Keanna Saunders, Maia Vitoratos, Liam McCreight, Mitchell Ryan and Leif Brandson.

“Coral Choi and Madison Blusson swam their way into the top medal honours with great performances in the 50- and 100-metre breast stroke,” Webb said.

“Not only earning a silver and a bronze medal by Madison and a bronze medal by Coral, but both also qualified for the Age Group Nationals in the 50-metre breast stroke.

“Both girls had personal bests in these events and walked away with some impressive hardware against some very fast competition.”

Russell swam his way to a provincial qualifying time in the 50-metre freestyle and, as a result, will be heading to Victoria in March to compete at the event.

Russell, Choi and Blusson have each qualified for provincials based on their times, while Tracey, Ashley, Danika Robson, Geneva Gordon and Kara Zavitz will travel to Surrey in February for provincial trials.

Webb said the meet was a huge success for the club, considering they are in the first third of their season, and added he was very pleased with everyone’s results and improvement.

“This sets the tone for the first part of the year and gives the swimmers a great sense of pride knowing that their hard work is paying off,” he said.

“With only three months into the season I am optimistic at some bigger improvements as we go forward after the Christmas break.”

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