A Waverider swimmer torpedoes herself through the water.

Quesnel Waveriders take nine first place finishes in Prince George

Many swimmers set personal best times in first meet of season

The Quesnel Waveriders took Prince George by storm in their first event of the season last weekend (Nov. 16-18).

Audrey Jesperson took first place in four events that she swam in, winning 50-metre freestyle , 100m free, 200m free and 50m butterfly; Luca Armstrong won two events, placing first in 50m free and 50m butterfly; Billy Swyers placed first in 100m free and 100m individual medley and the girls’ relay team – made up of Audrey Jersperson, Gavin Currie, Darby O’Hara and Grace Currie – won the 4 x 50m free.

Multiple personal best (PB) times were set by the eager swimmers, who are all raring to make their mark this year.

“I was not really expecting that many personal bests from everyone,” says head coach Jeritt Brink. “I was like, ‘Wow! That was something else.’ They only started training on Sept. 15.”

Girls:

Nora Aziz, nine, swam in the 10-and-under age category and placed in the top 25 in all of her events. She competed in 50m free, 100m free, 50m backstroke and 100m back and she got two PBs.

Rania Aziz, 12, got PBs in all of her events. She was in the top 18 in three of her events and came 13th in 50m breaststroke.

Stella Buys, nine, competed in the 200m free and came 15th in her age group in the 25m butterfly.

Norah Cameron, 11, swam in the 11- to 12-year-old category and was in the top 30 in all of her events and got PBs in all of her races. She came 14th in 50m butterfly and 10th in 50m backstroke.

Ava Clayton, eight, swam in the 10-and-under category and got PBs in all of her events. She was in the top 40 in six events and she came 19th in 25m butterfly.

Gavin Currie, 13, swam in the 13- to 14-year-old category. She was in the top six in all of her events and got PBs in all of her races. She came third in 100m free and 50m butterfly, and second in 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke.

Grace Currie, 15, swam in the 15-and-over age category. She was in the top six in all of her events. She came third in 50m free and 50m breaststroke, and second in 100m free. She got eight PBs.

Avery Fenton, 12, was in the top 20 in five of her events. She came 15th in 50m breaststroke and got six PBs.

Revanya Govender, 11, swam in the 11- to 12-year-old category. She competed in 100m backstroke and came 24th in 50m free.

Chloe Hopton, 12, was in the top 10 in her age group for all of her events. She came third in 50m breaststroke, second in 50m free and 50m butterfly, and got seven PBs.

Courtney Hopton, 10, was in the top 25 in four of her events. She came 13th in 25m butterfly and got three PBs.

Audrey Jespersen, 16, was in the top four in the 15-and-over age group in all of her events. She came third in 200m IM, second in 100m backstroke and 50m breaststroke and first in 50m free, 100m free, 200m free and 50m butterfly. She got the silver aggregate medal (points overall added for highest totals) for her age group and she got her Tier II Provincial Qualifying times in 50m free and 100m free.

Pia Lagah, 10, was in the top 20 in four of her races. She came 16th in 25m butterfly and 100m breaststroke and 15th in 50m breaststroke. She got two PBs and her other six events were new races for her.

Evie MacDougall, 11, swam in the 11- to 12-year-old category and was in the top 20 in six of her races with PBs in all of her events. She came eighth in 50m butterfly and sixth in 50m backstroke.

Darby O’Hara, 15, was in the top 10 in all of her events with six PBs. She came fourth in 50m free and second in 100m free, 200m free and 50m back.

Boroka Peter, 11, was in the top 13 in all of her events in the 11- to 12-year-old category. She got six PBs and came fourth in 50m free and third in 50m backstroke. She also got her Tier I Provincial Qualifying times in 50m free and 200m IM.

Fruzsina Peter, six, competed in the 10-and-under category in 50m free, 200m free, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 25m butterfly. She came 20th in her 25m butterfly.

Petra Peter, nine, was in the top 11 in all of her events in the 10-and-under category. She came fourth in 100m free and had a PB in every event.

Jasreet Samra, nine, competed in 50m free, 100m free, 200m free, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 50m breaststroke.

Boys:

Luca Armstrong, 13, was in the top five in all of his events in the 13- to 14-year-old category. He got four PBs and came in third in 200m free and 200m IM, second in 100m free and 200m breaststroke and first in 50m free and 50m butterfly. He also got his Tier I Provincial Qualifying times in 100m backstroke and 200m IM.

Leif Brandson, 15, swam in the 15-and-over age category and was in the top nine in all of his events. He came fifth in 50m free and 200m backstroke, and second in 100m free. He got four PBs and he got his Tier II Provincial Qualifying times in 50m free and 100m free.

Francois Buys, 11, swam in the 11- to 12-year-old category in 50m free, where he placed sixth, and 50m backstroke with a second place finish.

Harrison Fillion, 16, was in the top 12 in all of his events in the 15-and-over age category. He came sixth in 50m backstroke and fifth in 100m free and 200m backstroke. He had PBs in six of his events.

Kaelin Govender, 12, was in the top 12 in all of his events. He came third in 50m backstroke.

Seth Reddemann, 15, swam in the 15-and-over category and was in the top 10 in all of his events. He came third in 100m free and 400m free and got seven PBs.

Memphis Swaan, 10, was in the top seven in all of his events. He came fifth in 50m butterfly and fourth in 50m free and 50m breaststroke and he got three PBs.

Billy Swyers, 15, was in the top 10 in all of his events in the 15-and-over age category. He came third in 50m butterfly and first in 100m free and 100m IM. He got four PBs and got his Tier II Provincial Qualifying Times in 50m free and 100m free.

Relays:

Second place:

Girls 15-and-over 4 x 5m medley: Audrey Jespersen, Gavin Currie, Darby O’Hara, Grace Currie

Boys 15-and-over 4 x 50m free: Seth Reddemann, Billy Swyers, Harrison Fillion and Leif Brandson

First place:

Girls 15-and-over 4 x 50m free: Audrey Jespersen, Gavin Currie, Darby O’Hara, Grace Currie



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