Some outstanding young swim talent with the Winskill Dolphins were on display over the past month as the competitive season got into full swing.
The hectic stretch began at the 2023 Winter Divisionals in Vancouver where Tiffany Ho, Caitlyn Fowler, Kyla Marshall, Annali Buchanan, Leo Kim, Aiden Lew, Evan Maloney and Alina Paul represented the Tsawwassen-based club.
There were many great swims and best times, highlighted by a gold medal in the 200m back and silver in the 400m free for Ho.
Marshall also reached the podium twice with a silver in the 400m free and bronze in the 200m free.
Kim earned a silver in the 50m butterfly, while Paul made finals in all four of her events, including a bronze in the 100m free.
Maloney recorded top eight finishes in the 100m breast and 200m back, while Lew shaved a whopping 40 seconds of his best time in the 1500m free.
The weekend was capped off with a silver in the 400m free relay, led by the efforts of Kim, Paul, Lew and Marshall.
From the divisionals, Ho, Fowler and Kim joined club mates Jeremy Slinn, Bodey Iverson, Kelly Qi, Jordan Cates, Naomi Mynott and Zach and Abby McLeod to compete with the best swimmers in the province at the B.C. Winter Provincials in Victoria, held March 2 to 5.
Mynott led the Dolphins with six medals including golds in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle, silver in the 100m fly and 200 IM and bronze in the 200 fly. She also earned the top aggregate award for her 13-to-14-year-old age group.
Zach McLeod had six medals including golds in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle; silver in 200m free and 200m fly; and bronze in the 400m IM.
His sister Abby, swimming her last event in the 12 and under age group, had seven medals including gold in the 800m and 1500m freestyle, silver in the 100m and 400m free and bronze in the 50m free, 400m IM and 200m IM.
Iverson made the finals in the 200m back, placing seventh overall. Slinn advanced to the finals in the 100m and 50m back; and Kim, participating in his first provincials, made the finals and swam best times in the 50m and 100m free events.
Slinn, Iverson, Fowler, Mynott and the McLeods then headed to Calgary for the Speedo Western Canadian Championships, March 16-19.
Mynott and Zach led the Winskill contingent with four medals each.
Mynott won gold in the 800m free, silver in the 400m IM and 1500m free and bronze in the 200m fly.
Zach captured gold in the 800m and 1500m free and silver in the 400m free and 200m fly. The performance earned him a trip to Toronto this week to take on the country’s top swimmers at the Canadian Trials.
Slinn made three “A” finals including the 100m and 200m back and 400m IM placing fifth, sixth and fifth respectively. Iverson made “A” finals in both the 100m and 200m back, swimming best times in both and coming in fourth in the 200.
Abby was among the youngest swimmers at the event, competing in the 13-to-15 year old age group for the first time. She was seventh in the 800m and sixth in the 1500m free events.
Fowler helped deliver a best time for the club in the 400 IM relay race with a personal best in her 100m free leg.