A pair of Liquid Lightning swimmers extended their swim season with stellar performances at the Sun-Rype B.C. Long Course Provincial Championships last weekend at the H2O centre in Kelowna.
The Lightning was one of five clubs that co-hosted the first age group provincial swim championships held in Kelowna in many years. The event attracted 265 swimmers from 36 clubs around B.C. and the Yukon.
Scott Andreen, 15, took advantage of the AAs to extend his swim season with a 2:31.77 in the preliminaries of the 200 metre butterfly qualifying for the AAAs in Victoria July 7 to 10
Andreen broke his own club record in the event winning the gold medal in the 200m butterfly as well as the 400 metre individual medley. He went nine for 10 on personal best times, including taking 19 seconds off his 200 m freestyle swim.
Jessica Forbes, 13, also qualified for the AAAs with a 30.20 in the finals of the 50m freestyle, good for a gold medal. Forbes took over 10 seconds off her 100m butterfly to strike gold in the event.
Will Zittlau, 14, attended his first AA meet and took over 14 seconds off his 200m butterfly to win the silver medal. He swam a personal best to take bronze in the 100m fly and took almost 33 seconds off his 200m freestyle.
Zach DaSilva, 10, swam as part of the swim stars. DaSilva broke six club records on his way to finishing fourth in the 10 and under swim stars competition. Winners were determined by their cumulative times in six events.
DaSilva took out his own records with a 1:11.80 in the 100m free, 1:27.58 in the 100m backstroke and a 5:42.31 in the 400m freestyle.
He also broke longtime club records held by Mike Crone from 1999 with a 3:12.64 in the 200m IM, a 47.56 in the 50m breaststroke and a 37.50 in the 50m butterfly.