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Spring break swim meet

Four swimmers taking a break (from left to right) Nick Ralph, Daniel Prissick, Clarke Hopkins and Christian Zakharchuck. - Oksana Zakharchuk
Four swimmers taking a break (from left to right) Nick Ralph, Daniel Prissick, Clarke Hopkins and Christian Zakharchuck.
— image credit: Oksana Zakharchuk

On March 16-17, the Sooke swimmers joined up with their Island Swimming teammates from around Victoria and competed in the Duncan Spring Break Invitation in Duncan, B.C. The swimmers, Lucy Bridal, Clarke Hopkins, Katie Houlahan, Daniel Prissick, Nickolas Ralph, Tekahra Tarnowski, and Christian Zakharchuk, did an exceptional job, proving that all their hard work from the winter season has begun to pay off.

Within Swim BC there are time standards for each age group starting with ‘A’ and moving upwards towards the top National time standard (i.e. AA, AAA, etc). With each time standard there is a championship at the end of the season for the swimmers to work towards. This is a very attainable goal for a lot of the Sooke swimmers. Clarke Hopkins (10) competed in seven events at the Duncan meet and achieved his ‘AA’ time standard in the 100m freestyle.

Other outstanding swims included; Lucy Bridal took off 29 seconds in the 200IM to go a personal best time of 3:16.12, and Tekahra Tarnowski dropped 27 seconds in the 200 Freestyle to go a personal best time of 3:17.7. The swimmers’ next competition will take place at Sannich Commonwealth Place on April 20th.

submitted by Jennika Efford

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