Ryan Graham, Observer Reporter
The Quesnel Waveriders had a strong performance Jan. 20 – 22 when they brought a small team to Kelowna. Chloe Hopton swam in the 11 and under category where she earned six personal best times and finished 10th in the 50-metre backstroke and freestyle and ninth in the 50-metre butterfly.
She also achieved her first A provincial standard time in the 50-metre freestyle. Garnet Currie swam in the 16 and over category and achieved two personal best times and finished in the top six of his events.
He finished fifth in the 50-metre breaststroke and butterfly and earned a bronze medal in the 200-metre breaststroke.
Currie also earned a AA provincial standard time in the 100 and 200-metre breaststroke. Luca Armstrong earned eight personal best times and won a bronze medal in the 100-metre butterfly, silver in the 50-metre butterfly, 100 and 200-metre breaststroke and gold in the 100 and 200-metre freestyle, 50-metre breaststroke and backstroke and the 200-metre individual medley.
He also achieved AAA provincial standard times in the 100 and 200- metre freestyle, 100 and 200-metre breaststroke, 100-metre butterfly and the 200-metre individual medley.
Armstrong says although they practice a variety of different swim strokes there are two he prefers.
“My strongest event would probably be the breaststroke or the backstroke because I’ve improved on them a lot this year,” Armstrong said.
He says the result in the 200-metre individual medley was unexpected.
“I have not got a personal best in that swim for a very long time and I thought I wasn’t going to get a medal in that event, but when I won I was really shocked.”