The Points North regional swim team gave the Prince George squad a run for their money from April 17 – 19 when the Northwest-based team, consisting of 26 Prince Rupert swimmers and more from Kitimat, Terrace and Smithers finished just short of first-place at the 2015 Prince George Dental Moose Meet.
With a score of 1,105.5, Points North finished second, with the hometown swimmers coming in first with a score of 1,398.
The Rupertites competed in a total pool of just under 300 swimmers with teams from Fort St. John, Kamloops, Grand Prairie, Quesnel and Williams Lake also taking part.
The aggregate medalist count totalled three for the North Coast as Trey Kish, Isaac Mastroianni and Zachary Dolan all made the Moose Meet’s podium.
Kish, 15, took the aged 14-15 boys’ silver aggregate, winning the 50 breaststroke race, 100 breast, 100 backstroke and 50 and 100 freestyle. He placed second in 200 free and 200 and 50 back.
Mastroianni, 11, won the bronze aggregate in 11-and-under boys, placing first in 200 IM, 50 fly and 100 breast, and third in 100 back, 100 free and 50 back. On the way, he set new AAA times in 200 IM and 50 fly.
Dolan, 13, won the boys’ 13-and-under bronze aggregate with wins in 50 and 100 back, second-place showings in 50 breast, 50 fly and 50 and 100 free, and third in 100 breast. Matching Mastroianni, Dolan also set new AAA times in 200 IM and 50 breast.
Other Prince Rupert swimmers who pitched a solid outing for Points North included Jarred McMeekin, 13, who grabbed his first boys’ 12-13 AAA time in 50 breaststroke and had new AA times in 50 free and 50 back. McMeekin also swam personal best times in all eight of his events.
Isaac Dolan, 11, took second in 50 backstroke, Landen Franes, 11, had his first ever AA time with a swim in the 200 backstroke race and Rya Kish, 12, won 100 breaststroke, nabbed second in 200 breast and third in 50 breast.
Amy Leighton, 13, won 50 breast, came in second in 100 free and third in 50 fly and 50 free, while Josh Leighton, 9, nabbed third in 50 breaststroke.
Emma Movold, 11, won the 100 and 200 backstroke events and came third in 200 IM and 50 back. She also garnered a new AAA time in 50 fly. Hannah Toye, 11, swam to personal bests in all eight of her individual events and Bailey Ward, 12, matched Toye with personal bests in all eight of her events as well.
The Prince Rupert Amateur Swim Club will now host a regional meet from May 1 – 3 at the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre, switching meet dates with Kitimat, whose club will host their regional meet on June 5 – 7 for the summer invitational.