Dolan dominates BC Short Course

Zach Dolan set some records and had himself an impressive showing at the Swim BC Short Course AAA Championships in Victoria March 2-5.

Zach Dolan

Zach Dolan

Zach Dolan set a handful of records and all-around had himself an impressive showing at the Swim BC Short Course AAA Championships in Victoria from March 2-5.

Dolan was one of four Prince Rupert Amateur Swim Club (PRASC) swimmers to compete, alongside four Kitimat Marlins swimmers to make up the Points North team.

15-year-old Dolan won two medals at the event: silver in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.23, which ranks him seventh in Canada for 15 and under boys; he also won a bronze medal in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.29, ranking him 11th in Canada for 15 and under boys.

But most impressive of all was his time in the 100-metre backstroke, which was 100.50. It set a team record and was also the fastest 100 backstroke time for any Prince Rupert swimmer, of any age, at any point in PRASC history.

Dolan made three B finals, placing ninth in the 100 backstroke, 14th in the 200 backstroke and 16th in the 100 breaststroke. His times in the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 backstroke are all new 16 and over AAA qualifying times.

Isaac Mastroianni, 13, also made the trip to Victoria and had a strong championship. He posted best times in all six individual events and set a new AAA time in the 200 free (2:13.98)

Mastroianni also posted his first two 15 and under AA times in the 1500 free (18:46.56) and 400 free (4:43.27) and made three B finals, coming in 15th in the 400 freestyle, 15th in the 200 free and 16th in the 1500 free.

Two other Rupert swimmers also participated. Jakob Hall swam to a pair of top eight performances, finishing fifth in the 400 freestyle (5:12.35) and eighth in the 800 freestyle (10:49.33).

Amy Leighton, 15, placed 19th in the 800 freestyle. With a time of 9:44.27, it was her first 16 and over AAA qualifying time.

Points North also took part in a top eight relay. The 18 and under boys team included Mastroianni, Dolan, and Kitimat’s Zachary Dumas and Jadyn Johnston.

The team came eighth in the 4×200 freestyle relay.