Sealion Madison Nixon competes in the 50-metre butterfly in her home pool at Quesnel and District Rec Centre. Ronan O’Doherty photos

Quesnel plays host to region’s swimmers

Teams from across Northern B.C. come together for Sealions Swim Meet

Campers and RVs filled the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre parking lot last weekend (June 23-24) as swim teams from Mackenzie, Prince George, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John came to take part in the annual Sealions swim meet.

Thirty-six swimmers from Quesnel swam at the meet.

The youngest local competitor for Quesnel was around three years old, and some parents even got in on the action too.

Seconds were shaved off personal best times for those who had competed previously, and those who hadn’t did exceptionally, all of which made Sealions head coach Baylee McGillivray very pleased.

“I was so impressed with all the swimmers that competed,” she says.

“Many of them swam at the swim meet for the first time and they blew me away with how great they swam.”

Casey Fisher performed very well in her home pool, winning every event she swam in and earning herself a gold aggregate medal for her efforts.

On Saturday (June 23) a big spaghetti dinner was served for all the clubs, who love getting to see one another.

“Within our region we camp [when we go to meets],” says McGillivray.

“Which is why there are a lot of trailers outside.

“All the swim clubs get together and we have propane fires and we all hang out, so it’s like a super big family.”

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Swimmers start their race off well with streamlined dives.

A member of the Dawson Creek Seals propels herself through the water at the Annual Quesnel Sealions swim meet on Saturday June 23.

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