Liquid Lightning swims up a storm at Western Canadian Swimming Championships

The Liquid Lightning Swim Club recently had athletes in Winnipeg competing against swimmers from across Western Canada and Salmon Arm racing against swimmers from the Thompson Okanagan.

Ten Lightning swimmers travelled to Winnipeg Feb. 16 to 19 to compete at the Speedo Western Canadian Championships.

Kierra Smith won the gold medal in the 200-m breaststroke with a 2:23.72. She took silver medals in the 200-m fly, 50-m breast, 100-m breast and 200-m IM.

David Dimitrov broke his own club record and swam to a personal best 55:16 in the 100-m butterfly to win the gold medal. Dimitrov also took the gold in the 400-m individual medley with a 4:19.53. He broke his own club record in the 200-m IM with a personal best time for a silver medal and also struck for silver in the 200-m fly.

Smith and Dimitrov will now focus on their next challenge –2012 London Olympic Trials, March 27 to April 1 in Montreal where they will be joined by teammates Jenn Short and Chalene Ryan.

Kassidie Cornell rose to the challenge at Westerns and posted 100 per cent best times in her events.

Danielle Douglas swam a best time in the 50-m back; Lacey Falkingham posted a personal best in the 50-m breast; Jamie Ferguson swam to a personal best in the 100 breast; Anthony Russo earned personal best in the 50 breast; Christina Russo swam a best time  in the 50 fly and Jenn Short got a personal best in the 100-m breast.

Nine Lightning swimmers travelled to Salmon Arm Feb. 19 for the Shuswap AAA Tune-Up Meet, where they won 23 events, took five second places and five third place finishes.

Scott Andreen swam a personal best 1:08.89 in the 100-metre butterfly. He also won the 200-m fly and 200-m individual medley.

Chenoa Bondar swept her events, winning the 200-m free 100-m back, 200-m fly and 50-m fly

Alex Diaz won the 100-m fly, 200-m back and 200-m IM.

Lauren Fauchon won all four of her events, out touching the competition in the 100-m back, 200-m fly 100-m free and 200-m IM.

Quinn Kristiansen won the 100-m free and posted a best time in the 200-m IM

Kyra McNulty won the 100-m back, 200-m fly, 50-m fly and 100-m free for a sweep.

Lucas Tyler swept his events and posted a personal best in the 200 breast.

Will Zittlau notched a pair of second place finishes in the 100-m fly and the 50-m back stroke.

Kiana McNulty swam to third in the 100-m free.

The Lightning will be travelling to Surrey for the short course provincial championships March 1 to 4.

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