Olympians combine to capture 36 medals at long course meet

Langley swimmers find podium, establish new club records and host of personal bests as swimmers from around the Lower Mainland hit the pool

Hundreds of swimmers from around the Lower Mainland hit the pool at the Walnut Grove Aquatic Centre over the weekend.

Hundreds of swimmers from around the Lower Mainland hit the pool at the Walnut Grove Aquatic Centre over the weekend.

Bailey Herbert led a dominant showing by the Langley Olympians Swim Club over the weekend.

Herbert won six gold medals and came second in two others as the Olympians hosted their annual long course (50-metre pool) invitational meet at the Walnut Grove Aquatic Centre.

The 12-year-old was tops in six events (100 breast, 100 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 breast and 200 fly) as well as second in two others (the 200 and 400 free events). Altogether, the Olympians won 16 gold, 13 silver and seven bronze medals.

Hillary Metcalfe, 16, also found the podium multiple times, as she won three events (200 back, 400 free and 200 breast), placed second in four more (100 breast, 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 free) and won one bronze (100 back).

On the boys side, 17-year-old Justin Schramm led the way with seven medals, winning gold in the 200 IM, 400 free and 200 fly and silver in the 100 fly, 400 IM, 100 free and 200 free.

Other medal winners were:

Chelsea Borrowdale (15) gold in the 400 IM, silver in the 200 IM and bronze in the 100 breast and 200 fly.

Renae Ledoux (15) gold in the 100 breast and 200 IM, silver in the 200 breast.

Hugh McNeill (11) gold in the 200 back, silver in the 100 back.

And Bryce Dong, 12, (200 fly), Ryan Hunter, 11, (100 fly) and Gabriella Szalkai, 15, (100 fly, 200 fly) each won bronze medals in their respective races.

Eight-year-old Isobel McNeill set new club records in the 100 breast, 200 IM, and 200 breast events while her brother Hugh, 11, set a new mark in the 200 back. A third club record was set by eight-year-old Madison Belgica, who broke the 100 back record for the age group.

Madison “Ella” Belgica, age 8, broke the 8 & under Club Record in the 100 back 1:39.78

And Reese Blunden earned her B.C. AAA qualifying time in the 200 back event while Selina Schmelcher earned her B.C. AA time in the 200 breast.

Sophia Adrain, Danika Bedard, Reese Blunden, Bryce Dong, Josie Field, Brooklyn Gerber, Bailey Herbert, Isobel McNeill, Hilary Paik, John Park, Joseph Park, Alanna Picotte, Veronica Robertson, Alicia Schmelcher, Selina Schmelcher, Quinn St Pierre, Luke Stewart-Beinder, Brooklyn Swaan and Dylan Thomas all earned 100 per cent personal best times in their respective events.