Pair of Spartan swimmers earn silver and bronze at Westerns

Chilliwack's Spartan Swim Club brought home two medals from the Speedo Canadian Western Championships in New Westminster Feb. 13 to 16.

In a tournament that brought together about 600 top Canadian swimmers from B.C. to Manitoba, Carson Olafson won silver in the 16-and-under boys 200-metre freestyle and was sixth in the 50-metre butterfly.

Competing in the 17-and-over boy's age group, Colton Peterson captured bronze in the 100-metre breaststroke, fourth in the 50-metre breaststroke and qualified for two senior national times in the 100-metre breaststroke and 200-metre individual medley (IM).

The Spartans' lone female competitor, Jessie Gibson, took fourth in the 16-and-over 200-metre fly and seventh in both the 100-metre fly and 200-metre IM.

Another big meet last weekend saw 26 Spartan swimmers converge on the Watermania Aquatic Centre in Richmond with almost 600 other competitors from Chilliwack to Vancouver for the BC Lower Mainland Championships Feb. 15 and 16.

In the girls 10-and-under age group, Jaelyn Bjornerud-Brown captured a bronze medal in the 50-metre breaststroke, Halle Causton came seventh in the 50-metre butterfly and Julia Hirch finished eighth in the 50-metre fly.

Among 11-year-old girls, Spartan Angela Enciso won silver in the 100-metre fly and Emily Manley swam to seventh in the 50-metre breaststroke, while Jacey Chavez came fourth in the 200-metre fly and fifth in the 50-metre breast.

Meghan Carmichael, competing in 12-to-13-year-old-girls category, won silver in the 100-metre breast, bronze in both the 100-metre and 200-metre backstroke and came fourth in the 800-metre freestyle. Maiah Balzer pushed herself to eighth place in the 50-metre breaststroke. Anna Dumont Belanger dominated with two golds in the 1500-metre free and 400-metre IM; she also placed fourth in the 200-metre fly and 400-metre free, sixth in the 200-metre back and eighth in the 100-metre free. Camryn Hryciw, meanwhile, managed a bronze medal in the 50-metre breaststroke Among 12-to-13-year-old boys, Lucas Santangelo finished with three bronze medals in the 1500-metre free, 400-metre free and 400-metre IM. He also finished fifth in the 100-metre fly and seventh in the 50-metre fly.

In the 14-and-over girls division, Erika Sang won gold in the 50-metre fly and came fourth in the 100-metre fly, seventh in both the 100-metre free and 50-metre breast and eighth in the 100-metre breast. Jordyn Hryciw swam to fourth place in the 100-metre breast and 400-metre free and was fifth in the 200-metre IM. Kila Hine captured silver in the 200-metre fly, bronze in the 100-metre fly and a sixthplace finish in the 50-metre fly. Jean Leslie, meanwhile, powered her way to a bronze in the 50-metre back and two fourth-place finishes in the 100-metre and 200-metre backstroke.

Competing in the 14-andover boys category, Aidan Braun pushed to a fourth-place finish in the 200-metre back and fifthplace finishes in the 400-metre free and 200-metre free. Carlos Enciso ended with two fourth place finishes in the 200-metre breast and 200-metre free along with a fifth in the 100-metre breast. Conrad Loeppky, meanwhile, seized gold in both the 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke, silver in the 50-metre free and bronze in the 200-metre free as well as fifth in the 200-metre IM and eighth in the 100-metre free.

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