Liquid Lightning almost the fastest

Kierra Smith wins three silver medals in east vs west event

A couple of Liquid Lightning swim club members were part of a national competition including the best Under-18 swimmer in Canada.

Swimmer Kierra Smith was part of Team West while coach Emil Dimitrov was the team west coach in an East vs. West swim meet in Victoria.

It was a short course meet in a 25 metre pool that put the best 18 and under swimmers in Canada together to compete.

The West won convincingly by over 70 points and was coached by Dimitrov. The event was held after the World Championship Trials in Victoria and the Saanich Commonwealth Pool.   Smith swam the 200m breastroke and finished a close second 2nd after being out touched at the wall by Oakville’s Tara Van Bielen. Smith’s time was 2:26.6. She also finished 2nd in the 100m breaststroke with a best time of 1:09.29 and 2nd again in the 400 Individual Medley to Surrey’s Katie Caldwell with a best time of 4:45.38.

Despite finishing with three silvers and finishing within a second in all three races Smith was upbeat as the short course season ended.

“With just a  slight adjustment I know I could have won all three races instead of having to do the congratulating,” she said. “They don’t allow do-overs here so I’ll have to wait until late May to race these same girls again at a Canada Cup meet”

Coach Dimitrov added: “It was a great experience to be part of this team, it was the third time in a row that the swimmers from the west have won this duel in the pool.”

National team members Julia Wilkinson and Blake Worseley were team captains leading the swimmers in cheers and pep talks throughout the meet.

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