Kyla Leland-Barnaby of the Prince Rupert Rapids competes in the 100-metre backstroke during the North Coast Invitational Swim Meet on Saturday at the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre.

Kyla Leland-Barnaby of the Prince Rupert Rapids competes in the 100-metre backstroke during the North Coast Invitational Swim Meet on Saturday at the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre.

Prince Rupert Rapids strike gold at hometown meet

The Prince Rupert Rapids were golden 18 times at the North Coast Invitational Swim Meet at the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre last weekend.

The Prince Rupert Rapids were golden 18 times at the North Coast Invitational Swim Meet at the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre last weekend.

Leading the Rapids was the duo of Kai and Amy Leighton who captured the top step of the podium twice along with Rayne Mather, who also twice captured gold.

Amy Leighton, 12, reached the wall first in both the 100-metre breaststroke and the butterfly. In the 100-metre breaststroke, Leighton blew away the field finishing more than 12 seconds ahead of Prince George’s Sydney Casey in a time of 1:25.37. Amy was equally dominant in the 100-metre butterfly finishing in 1:19.64, a full 12 seconds ahead of the field.

Kai Leighton, 10, also captured a pair of gold medals winning both the 50-metre freestyle and backstroke. Kai posted a 42:47 in the backstroke, more than four seconds ahead of the field. He added his second gold with a time of 33.80, more than eight seconds ahead of a Rapids-dominant division.

Rapids young swimmers continued the medal haul with Rayne Mathers also picking up a pair of golds. Mathers posted a time of 1:54.35 in the 100-metre freestyle event edging teammate Payton Colussi by just more than a second. Mather’s second gold came in the 50-metre freestyle, stopping the clock in 40.72.

Brandan Hagen, 16, took gold in the boys100-metre breaststroke; Emma Movold, 10, picked up gold in the girls 50-metre backstroke; Quinn Basso, 16, was first in the boys 50-metre backstroke; Kyla Leland-Barnaby, 11, earned first in the girls 100-metre freestyle; Morgan Weir, 16, was first in girls 100-metre freestyle; Nash de la Nuez, 9, took gold in boys 100-metre freestyle; Graham Nicholls, 11, was good for gold in boys 100-metre freestyle; Trey Kish, 13, captured the top step of the podium with a win in boys 200-metre backstroke; Sarah McChesney, 17, was tops in the 15-19 girls 50-metre freestyle; Zachary Dolan, 12, won gold in the boys 50-metre freestyle; Robert Warren, 13, took top spot in the 50-metre freestyle and Cyrus Sobredo, 16, rounded out the Rapids gold medal haul with a victory in boys 50-metre freestyle.