Langley Olympians make a splash

Joshua Kim had one cracker of a swim meet in Victoria last weekend.

The 12-year-old member of the Langley Olympians broke six club records at the 2014 PCS Christmas Cracker Invitational, hosted by Pacific Coast Swimming at the Saanich Commonwealth pool.

Kim smashed six club records in the 50 metre (26.98), 100m (58.77) and 200m (2:09.56) freestyle events, 100m breaststroke (1:12.84), 200m IM (2:26.01) and 400m IM (5:09.78). In the process, he placed first in the 12 & under 200m IM, 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 400m IM, 50m freestyle and 200m breaststroke, and swam to second spot in the 200m freestyle.

The three-day Christmas Cracker meet, for swimmers ages 11 and over, was held involved both heats and finals.

This meet was attended by 25 teams from all over B.C. and a team from Edmonton. Led by Kim, the LOSC squad finished eighth overall.

Bailey Herbert, 12, achieved 100 per cent best times, placing first in the 12 & under 200m breaststroke, second in the 50m breaststroke and 800m freestyle, and third in the 100m breaststroke.

Bailey also broke a club record in the 50m fly (31.86) while achieving a new Canadian Age Group national time.

Robyn Nakano, 15, placed second in the 15 & over 100m fly.

Youngsters in Vancouver

LOSC members were at two meets recently; one for the 10 & under swimmers in Vancouver and the aforementioned Christmas Cracker event in Victoria.

The 10 & under meet was hosted by Vancouver Pacific Swim Club at the UBC Aquatic Centre.

There were swimmers from eight clubs from all over the Lower Mainland in attendance. LOSC had nine young swimmers competing, a number of them swimming at this level for the first time. Each swimmer competed in five events with the scores counting for each swim.

Michael Chung, 10, was the overall aggregate winner in the 10-year-old boys’ category. Michael placed first in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle and second in the 200IM and 50m fly, accumulating enough points to win.

John Park, 10, was sixth overall, with 100 per cent best times and a new B.C. AA time in the 50m fly.

Luke Stewart-Beinder, 10, was eighth overall, placing third in the 50m fly and gaining his first BC AAA time in the same event.  Brooklyn Swaan, 10, placed fourth in the 10-year-old girls 50m breaststroke.

“It was great to see Joshua Kim break so many club records especially as they were originally set by some very fast swimmers,” Olympians head coach Brian Metcalfe said. “Overall the team produced some great racing with many of them making final swims. Well done to Bailey for getting another Age Group time and club record.”

LOSC registration is ongoing. Call 604-532-5257 or visit www.langleyolympians.com for details.

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