Ryan McMillan Goes Under Pair of Canadian 11-12 NAGs At BC Summer Provincials

2019 BCSSA Provincials

12-year-old Ryan McMillan unofficially broke a pair of Canadian National Age Group Records competing at the 2019 British Columbia Summer Provincials (summer league) last weekend in Kamloops.

McMillan clocked a time of 25.05 in the final of the boys’ Div 4 50 freestyle (short course metres), going under the existing 11-12 national mark of 25.15 held by Eric Tong of the Winskill Dolphins from 2015.

The Penticton Pikes team member would later match his 25.05 leading off their 200 free relay.

On the final day of competition, he would take out the 100 freestyle time, touching in 55.03 to go under the 55.37 established by Tong.

McMillan also had a standout performance in the 200 IM, registering a time of 2:17.05 which falls just shy of the 2:16.88 NAG held by Justin Jung of Hyack.

Per his seeds, McMillan’s previous best times coming into the meet were 26.16, 57.74 and 2:23.63 respectively.

Despite going under two all-time marks, his times won’t officially count as new NAG records due to the fact that it wasn’t done at a Swimming Canada sanctioned event.

McMillan has been working under the tutelage of Penticton head coach Simon Paisley over the past five years.

Perhaps more impressive than his times is the fact that McMillan only trains three and a half months of the year in summer league. If BCSSA athletes train more than two hours per week outside of May 1st to August 31st, their ‘winter maintenance’, they are to compete in a separate ‘open’ category rather than their respective divisions.

His sister Ashley McMillan followed a similar path before switching to full-time club swimming a few years ago, and has found a ton of success that has led her to compete at the ongoing World Junior Championships in Budapest.

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BCSSA is a summer league for those unfamiliar.

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