Prince Rupert Rapids have strong showing in Prince George

Twenty-three members of the Prince Rupert Amateur Swim Club braved the roads last weekend to travel to Prince George.

Twenty-three members of the Prince Rupert Amateur Swim Club braved the roads last weekend to travel to Prince George for their annual Medical Northern Sprint Invitational Swim Meet.

The Prince Rupert swimmers joined with their peers from Kitimat, Terrace and Smithers to compete under the “Points North” banner. It wasn’t enough this time as the hometown Barracudas squeaked out a narrow victory, beating Points North 1873.5 to 1869.

Leading the charge from Prince Rupert was Trey Kish (13). Trey won all eight of his races and was the gold medal winner in the 13-and-under boys age group. Avery Movold (13) won the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles and the 100 and 200 backstrokes. She also came second in the 800 freestyle and 100 butterfly on her way to winning the silver aggregate in the 13-and-under girls age group. Liam McChesney (12) won the 50 breaststroke, came second in the 50 backstroke  and 100 backstroke, and third in the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 200 IM. He came away with the bronze aggregate in the 13-and-under boys age group. Kai Leighton (11) achieved his first “AAA” provincial qualifying time with a 33.02 50 freestyle. He won the 50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke and 50 backstroke, came second in the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle and third in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM. It was good enough to earn him a bronze medal in the 11-year-old age group. Hannah Toye (11) also won a bronze medal in the 11-year-old age group. She won the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, came second in the 50 back and 50 free and third in the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke. Hannah made her first “A” time with a 3:29.02 200 backstroke.

Quinn Basso (16) came second in the 50 and 200 backstrokes and third in the 50 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Shayne Brierley (16) made his first Provincial “A” time with a 30.79 50 freestyle. Zach Dolan (12) came third in the 50 and 100 breaststrokes. Brandan Hagen (16) made his first 16-year-old Age Group National qualifying time with a 32.15 50 breaststroke. He came second in the 50 and 100 freestyles and the 50 breaststroke. He also came third in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the 200 freestyle. Amy Leighton (12) won the 13 and under 100 breaststroke while coming third in the 50 back and 50 breast. Isaac Mastroianni (10) came third in the 50 backstroke. Sarah McChesney (17) won the 16-and-over girls 100 freestyle, while coming second in the 200 and 50 freestyles. She also came third in the 800 free, 50 breast and 100 backstroke. Emma Movold was the only Prince Rupert swimmer to achieve a new best time in all eight of her races. Emma made her first “A time with a 2:58.48 200 freestyle, and then promptly added new “A times in the 200 IM, 50 free, 100 free and 100 backstroke. She came second in the 10-and-under 200 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 back, 50 free, 100 back and came third in the 100 freestyle. Yu-Ting Wei (17) snagged a third place finish in the 16-and-over girls 50 backstroke.

Up next for the club is a Regional Invitational in Kitimat on Dec. 13, 14 and 15.

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