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Chilliwack swimmers do well on national stage

Chilliwack’s Colton Peterson was one of three Spartan swimmers to shine in recent national competitions.  - Eric Welsh/ Progress File
Chilliwack’s Colton Peterson was one of three Spartan swimmers to shine in recent national competitions.
— image credit: Eric Welsh/ Progress File

Three athletes from Chilliwack’s Spartan Swim Club finished in the top 20 at the recent Canadian Senior National Championships in Saskatoon.

Jessie Gibson, Colton Peterson and Carson Olafson all secured at least one B final at the event, which features the best swimmers from across Canada.

Gibson won her B final in the women’s 200m butterfly, placing her 11th overall in Canada. She followed up that performance with a 19th place finish in the 100m butterfly.

Peterson, meanwhile, placed 16th in the 50m breaststroke and Olafson finished 19th in the 200m backstroke.

The Canadian Senior Nationals is host to Canada’s top swimmers and has no age restriction on the athletes.

Looking at the recent 18-and-under Canadian Age Group Nationals in Winnipeg, Peterson won the a bronze medal in the men’s 17-and-over 50m breaststroke along with a fifth in the 100m breaststroke.

Olafson, also in the men’s 17-and-over category, pushed his way to seven finals over the week including two fifth place finishes in the 800m freestyle 200m backstroke, three sixth place finishes in the 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke and he was seventh in both the 100m fly and 100m free.

Gibson finished the week off with a fourth place finish in the 16-and-over women’s 200m butterfly.

“Congratulations to all three Spartan athletes for their success on the Canadian National level,” said coach Justin Daly.

For more information on the Spartan Swim Club go to spartanswimclub.com

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