PRINCE RUPERT – The tide was with the Prince Rupert Amateur Swim Club (PRASC) Rapids in Kitimat this past month when the head coach Chris Street and the team captured second overall behind the Kitimat Marlins and ahead of the Bulkley Valley Otters.
Three Rupert swimmers won gold aggregate medals, four took silver aggregates and one bronze aggregate for their age groups during the May 12-14 Second Annual Rio Tinto Northwest BC Regional Swim Meet in Kitimat.
Natalie DeMille, 12, won gold in the 12-and-under girls division, winning all seven of her individual events, including the 50, 100 and 400 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke and the 100 and 200 breaststroke).
Amy Leighton, 16, and Isaac Mastroianni, 13, joined DeMille at the top of the podium. Leighton won the gold aggregate for 15-and-over girls, winning the 100 and 200 fly, 200 back, 200 IM, 200 breast and 100 free. She also came in second in the 50 free. Mastroianni won gold in the 13-14 year-old boys division. He won the 100 and 200 breast, 50 and 100 back, 50 free and 200 IM, and placed second in 100 free. He also set new AAA times in the 50 free and 100 breast.
Isaac Dolan, 13, won the silver aggregate in 13-14 boys, winning the 200, 400 and 1500 free and the 200 back, and came in second in 100 back and 200 and 400 IM.
Kobi Franes, 15, took the silver aggregate in 15-and-over boys, placing first in 400 and 1500 freestyle, 200 back and 400 IM. He came in second in the 100 back and third in 200 IM. Franes set new AA times in 100 back, and 200 and 400 IM.
Jakob Hall, 11, won silver in the 11-12 boys group. Hall took first in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, placed second in 100 and 200 breast, 400 IM and 1500 free. Hall set a new AAA time in 50 free and qualified for Swim BC’s AA championships next month.
Kobe Ikari, 10, grabbed the silver aggregate in the 10-and-under boys division, winning the 50 and 200 back and 200 IM. Ikari took second in 100 back and 200 free as well, setting a new ‘A’ time in the 100 back.
Zachary Dolan, 15, nabbed the bronze aggregate in the 15-and-over boys group, taking first in 50 and 100 fly, 50 free, 50 breast and 200 IM. Dolan also took second 100 breast and swam a new AAA time in 200 IM.
Nineteen other Rapids also performed very well for the Rupert club, with Warren Barton taking second in 200 back and third in 50, 100 and 400 free, 100 and 200 fly and 100 back. Barton qualified for provincials for the first time ever, eligible to swim at BC Swim’s Long Course AA Championships in Victoria.
Heidi Bellis finished second in 25 free in the 10-and-under division and second in 25 back. Bellis also finished third in 50 back. She swam best times in all seven of her individual races as well.
Carter Brown took second in 50 breaststroke and third in 100 and 200 freestyle and made a first Swim BC ‘A’ time in 100 free. Malcolm Dolan grabbed second in 200 and 800 free and third in 50 and 100 free. Malcolm qualified for provincials with his second Swim BC AA time in 800 free.
Lauryn Fontaine won the 100 breast swimming in her second-ever meet, grabbed second in 200 breast and third in 100 and 200 freestyle, 100 IM and 50 butterfly. She swam personal bests in all her individual races.
Ryder Gerritsen won 25 free and 25 back, Josh Joubert won 25 free, placed second in 25 back and third in 50 breast, Peter Joubert won 25 free, placed second in 25 back and third in 50 breast, and Gabriel Mayer came in second in 50 breast.
Lucas Mayer swam a new ‘A’ time in 200 breaststroke, Jarred McMeekin won 200 fly and 200 breast and placed second in 50 and 100 free, 200 IM and 100 fly, and placed third in 100 breast, setting a new AAA time in 200 fly.
Chase McWilliam scored a first-place finish in 25 back and third in 25 free, Piper McWilliam finished second in 100 and 200 free and 50 back, Joel Silva notched a second-place finish in 50 back, and Ethan Toye grabbed second in 50 back and third in 50 back and 50 fly. Ethan also swam his first ‘A’ times in 50 and 100 free.
Hannah Toye won the 50 backstroke, finished second in 100 back and 100 fly and placed third in 200 back and 50 fly.
Magnus Veldman won 50 breast and came in second in 50 free and 50 fly and made his first ‘A’ time in 50 freestyle. Bailey Ward finished second in 50 and 200 breast and swam best times in all individual races, and Cindy Wu placed second in 50, 100 and 200 breaststrokes and 50 free. Wu also finished third in 100 and 200 free and 100 back, swam a new ‘A’ time in 200 breaststroke and swam best times in all seven of her individual races.