Hyacks swim to second at short course provincials
The Hyack Swim Club came up a couple of wins short of defending its provincial short course championship.
The club came second at the event held in Victoria last weekend. It was won by the Chena Swim Club from the North Shore, which Hyack head coach Mark Bottrill pointed out has about 55 swimmers to the New Westminster-based club’s 30.
“We swam pretty well overall,” said Bottrill. “We were just one or two swims short.”
Two 12-year-old kids New Westminster kids dominated in their age category.
Ethan Laing, 12, won the 200- and 400-metre individual medley races, the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, and was on the winning teams in the 400-m freestyle, 200 medley and 200 freestyle races.
Brian Ni won the 200-m, 400-m and 1,500-m freestyle races while finishing third in five other races.
Bottrill sees Laing as a successor to Stefan Milanovic as the club’s star, who will graduate this year from Cariboo Hill secondary before moving on to swim for UBC.
“We need somebody to fill that void and this guy is probably the closest thing we have,” said Bottrill of Laing.
The club will not move on to its long course season, and will be hosting the Hyack Youth Festival swim meet during the May long weekend.