Three meet records went down on the first day of the 2014 Speedo Western Canadian Championships in New Westminster, BC. The first of the three was broken by 16 year old Darren Yuan of the Surrey Knights Swim. Yuan won the men’s 16 and under 50 butterfly in a time of 24.93, beating the record of 25.11 set by the Cascade Swim Club’s Scott McGilliray in 2012.
Markus Thormeyer of the Winskill Dolphins Swim Club took down the men’s 16 and under 100 backstroke record. The 16 year old Thormeyer won the event in a time of 54.89 breaking the record of 55.31 which was set by Bryce Kananowicz of the Manta Swim Club in 2012.
The third meet record of the evening way set by Ryder McGinnis of the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club. McGinnis won the men’s 16 and under 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:14.59, breaking the record of 2:15.93 set in 2010 by fellow Edmonton Keyano swimmer Nick Kostiuk.
By beating Kostiuk’s time McGinnis also set a new 16 year old Alberta provincial age group record.
He was not the only Albertan to set a new provincial standard on the evening. 13 year old Rebecca Smith of the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club won the women’s 15 and under 200 freestyle in a time of 2:00.76. Smith destroyed her own 13 year old age group record by almost two seconds, beating the time of 2:02.45 that she posted at the Thunderbolt Junior International SCM Championship in December.
16 year old Lili Margitai of the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club collected two wins on the evening taking the women’s 16 and over 50 butterfly in a time of 27.00 as well as the 16 and over girl’s 200 freestyle in a time of 1:58.86.
Two of her Keyano teammates also brought home individual gold. 25 year old Kier Maitland won the men’s 17 and over 200 freestyle in a time of 1:48.66 while 15 year old Georgia Kidd won the women’s 15 and under 100 backstroke in a time of 1:01.00.
15 year old Taryn Pratt of the Cascade Swim Club won the women’s 15 and under 50 butterfly in a time of 28.13 while 23 year old Ben Berg of the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club won the men’s 17 and over event in a time of 24.93.
16 year old Edwin Zhao of the Pacific Sea Wolves Swim Club won the men’s 16 and under 200 freestyle in a tim eof 1:50.49.
26 year old Kevyn Peterson of the Cascade Swim Club won the women’s 16 and over 100 backstroke in a time of 1:00.54 while 22 year old Hans Heyer of the Simon Fraser University won the men’s 17 and over event in a time of 55.74.
14 year old Jordan Andrusak of the University of Victoria-Pacific Coast Swimming won the women’s 15 and under 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:30.70, 19 year old Mariya Chekanovych of the Dynamo Swim Club won the 16 and over women’s event in a time of 2:31.39 while 23 year old Jeffrey Nicol of the Lethbridge Amateur Swim Club won the 17 and over men’s event in a time of 2:17.02.
After the individual events the top three spots in the point standings belonged to three teams from Alberta with the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club leading the way with 248 points followed by the Cascade Swim Club with 228.5 points and the University of Calgary Swim Club who collected 132 points.
Full results can be found here