Seawolves shine at provincial, LMR Championships

Jacob Spierings takes sixth at provincials, Zach Currie wins gold at LMRs

It was a winning weekend all around for the Whistler Seawolves Swim Club, with swimmers taking home medals in two different Lower Mainland championships meets.

Jacob Spierings put up a strong performance at the ‘AA’ Provincial Championships in Chilliwack (Feb. 18 to 19), earning sixth place in the 100-metre butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 5.24 seconds (although his speed in the preliminary event, where he placed seventh, was ever quicker at 1:04.24).

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“He did well. It’s not a super fast pool, so he actually didn’t swim as fast as he has in Victoria, but he actually managed to come up a couple places in all of his events,” said the Seawolves’ head coach Brandi Higgins, “He’s a super kid, and he gave it his all.”

It was a particularly tough field of competition with 17-year-old Spierings up against about 140 other swimmers for the 100m fly title, although about 500 attended the meet altogether.

While Spierings’ season will continue until the end of July with long course meets — he’s hoping to qualify for ‘AAA’ Provincial Championships next month — Higgins said the Grade 12 student has been recruited to swim for Carleton University in Ottawa next year.

Meanwhile at the Lower Mainland Regional Championships in Richmond — one step down from the ‘AA’ provincials — the Seawolves were well represented with seven swimmers competing and five making it into the top 10 in at least one event. It’s an impressive series of results, especially when you consider that 500 swimmers competed at the meet.

Zach Currie beat out 60 swimmers to snag a gold medal in the 100m butterfly for the 11-and-under age group — his first-ever medal, to boot — with his time of 1:35.95. He also managed to hit ‘A’-level provincial times in each of his swims, earning fifth place in the 200m freestyle, sixth in the 50m breaststroke and seventh in both the 50m freestyle and 200m breaststrokes.

“He was super stoked,” said Higgins. “He’s on it. He will be at AA provincials by spring.”

Kieran Higgins took the sixth spot in the 50m backstroke final, while Robbie Duke took 18th in the 200m freestyle.

Zach Durnin also had a strong weekend in the pool, despite being a full two years younger than many of his competitors. He finished ninth in the 100m butterfly.

On the ladies’ side, Macy Kercher earned an eighth place finish in the 100m freestyle, while Robyn Minton’s top result was the sixth place position in the 200m breaststroke. Corrine Haasen earned a weekend best of 15th in the 200m breaststroke.

“Robyn’s usually been a sprinter, so for a 200 breaststroke in swimming, that’s not a sprint. She brought it; she did really well. They all did well,” Higgins said. “For our club, the number of people that came up and said how well the kids raced… they were just super impressed with how the kids gave it their all. When you’re dealing with 500 kids, the fact that they’re actually noticing our kids is great.”

For full results, go to swimming.ca.

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