Swimmers light up medal stand

Westside swimmers excel at provinicial short course championships.

Twenty Liquid Lightning swimmers racked up 74 personal best times, six medals and 31 final finishes at the Provincial Short Course Swim Championships held March 3 to 6 at the Commonwealth Games pool in Victoria.

Sixteen club records fell, including nine individual and seven relay marks.

Lucas Tyler, 11, became the provincial champion in the 100 metre butterfly with a personal best time of 1:15.07. Tyler swam to silver in the 200 m. fly and 100 m. free as well as bronze in the 200 m. individual medley. He earned all best times over the course of the championships and six top-ten finishes.

Andraya Skrlac, 12, qualified for Age Group National Championships in Montreal in July with a 2:35.00 in the 200 m. backstroke for fourth place. Andraya swam all best times at the meet and made five finals.

Older sister Makayla Skrlac, 14, earned a silver medal in the 200 m. breaststroke with a 2:39.22, breaking her own club record that she set two weeks ago at Western Championships.

Makayla made four finals and had five top ten finishes.

“It was a great meet with a lot of energy and fast swims,” said Emil Dimitrov, the Liquid Lightning’s head coach.

“We had remarkable, awesome swims and proved that we are here to stay.”

Danielle Douglas, 14, broke her own record in the 50 m. freestyle for the third consecutive meet.

Douglas swam a 27.53 for a silver. She also swam a club record 1:01.46 in the 100 m. freestyle, breaking Chalene Ryan’s mark from Dec. 2004.

Jamie Ferguson, 13, made her Western qualifying time in the 400 m. I.M. with a 5:18.89, good for sixth place.

Ferguson made five finals and was out touched in the 100 m. backstroke and finished fourth.

Elizabeth Aguiar, 13, swam to five top ten finishes and earned a Western time standard in the 400 m. I.M. with a 5:18.60 for fifth place.

Anthony Russo, 17, broke his own club record in the 200 m. freestyle with a 1:59.05 to qualify for Westerns.

Russo also swam a 54.87 in the 100 m. freestyle breaking his club record from Dec. 2010.

Craig Mathieson, 12, went a 1:23.08 in the 100 m. breaststroke to break Christian Kargl Simard’s club record from May 1996.

Mathieson swam in five finals and finished fourth in the 200 m. back.

Kosta Prodanovic, 17, swept the club’s boys’ 17 and old backstroke records, breaking his own 50 back and 100 back records as well as Julian Kirschner’s 200 back record from Dec. 1997 with a 2:19.71.

Danielle Douglas, Elizabeth Aguiar, Lauren Fauchon and Makayla Skrlac teamed up to break the club record from Jan. 2011 in the 200 m. freestyle relay and a top eight finish.

Jamie Ferguson, Makayla Skrlac, Elizabeth Aguiar and Danielle Douglas eclipsed the club record in the girls 14 and under and senior girls 200 m. medley relay from Feb. 2008 for a top eight finish.

Quinn Kristiansen, Craig Mathieson, Alex Diaz and Scott Andreen set the club record in the boys 14 and under and boys senior 800 m. freestyle relay, a record that has been open since 2003.

Russo, Kristiansen, Andreen and Prodanovic teamed up to set club records from Jan. 2011  in both the boys senior 200 m. freestyle relay and the 200 m. medley relay.

Alexander Diaz swam all best times and earned three top ten finishes.

Christina Russo, made three finals and swam to fourth with a personal best time in the 100 m. butterfly.

Chenoa Bondar, 13, took over 10 seconds off her 800 m. freestyle for sixth place and made finals in the 400 m. free.

Kate Aguiar, 17, made finals in the 200 m. butterfly and the 200 m. I.M.