The Prince Rupert Amateur Swim Club sent 31 swimmers to the Northwest Regional Championships in Terrace during the Jan. 17-19 weekend.
The team competed valiantly but, in the end, came up 67 points short of their rivals in Kitimat, losing the meet 926.50 to 859.50. Smithers came third with 479 points followed by the hometown Bluebacks with 349 points.
Leading the charge from Prince Rupert was Emma Movold (10). Emma won the 10-and-under 50, 100, 200 and 400 freestyles, and the 50 and 100 backstroke while coming second in the 12-and-under girls 200 backstroke. That was more that enough to win her the gold medal for top aggregate score in the 10-and-under girls age group. Emma capped off her great weekend by snagging her first two “AA” times.
Isaac Mastroianni (10) matched Emma in winning all six of his 10-and-under events while coming second in the 12-and-under boys 200 backstroke. That gave him the gold in the 10-and-under boys age group.
Amy Leighton (12) cruised to the gold aggregate in her age group by winning all seven of her events for the second straight meet.
Brandan Hagen (16) won the senior boys 200 IM, 400 IM, 50 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 freestyle and 200 backstroke while coming second in the 50 butterfly. His times in the 50 and 200 breaststroke were both Terrace pool records and he easily won the gold aggregate for the senior boys age group.
Trey Kish (14) won the 50 and 400 freestyles, the 50, 100 and 200 backstrokes and the 200 IM while coming second in the 400 IM. That was enough for the gold aggregate in the 13-14 boys age group.
Liam McChesney (12) won the 12-and-under 50, 100 and 200 freestyles and the 50 and 100 backstroke while coming second in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. His big sister Sarah McChesney (17) won the 200 and 800 freestyles, the 200 IM, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, and came second in the 50 breast and 50 backstroke. They both won the gold medals in their age groups.
Isaac Dolan (10) won the 50 breaststroke and came second in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, the 100 backstroke, 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. He was the silver medal winner in the 10-and-under boys age group. His big brother Zach (12) won the 400 freestyle and 200 backstroke while coming second in the 100 and 200 free, the 100 backstroke and 200 breaststroke. He was a bronze aggregate winner in his age group.
Josh Leighton (8) won the 10-and-under 50 butterfly, came second in the 50 backstroke and third in the 200 IM and 100 freestyle. That gave him his first aggregate medal in the 10-and-under boys age group.
Rayne Mather (10) won the 200 IM and came second in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 50 and 100 backstroke and 50 butterfly on her way to the bronze in the 10 and under girls age group. Rayne made new “A” times in the 100 and 200 free and 200 IM.
Up next the club has swimmers heading down to the Provincials in Kamloops this weekend then things go quiet for a few weeks before the Junior Provincials in Chilliwack at the end of February and the Smithers Spring Invitational before Spring Break.