Olympians’ Kim swims to nine gold at Victoria meet

Langley Olympians
Langley Olympians' Joshua Kim went a perfect nine-for-nine at a recent Victoria swim meet, taking the gold medal in each of his races.
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Joshua Kim went nine-for-nine, taking gold in all of his events for the Langley Olympians Swim Club.

Kim, 11, was competing in the 12-and-under division at the Pacific Coast Swimming Xmas Cracker Invitational Meet in Victoria. Along the way, he set three new club records.

This was one of several strong performances by members of the Olympians at the meet.

Siobhan Board, 16, had an impressive showing and managed to qualify for the upcoming Thunderbold Junior International short course championships in Oregon.

She qualified by winning the 50m back event. Board also won a silver and a bronze in the 200 back and 100 back, respectively.

And Alysse Franklin, 14, achieved the necessary qualifying time for the Canadian western Canadian championships in the 50m free while Milana Solar, 11, qualified for the B.C. AA championships.

Franklin also won silver in the 800 free.

Chelsea Borrowdale (200 breast) and Avery Martin (1500 free) both also won silver with Martin also picking up three bronze medals (200IM, 100 free, 400IM).

And Brayden Kells (50 breast, 50 free, 200 breast) won a trio of bronze medals.

Langley swimmers who made it into finals were; Danielle de la Gorgendiere, Bryce Dong, Kennedy Douglas, Josie Field, Bailey Herbert, Ellen Lansing, Bennett MacDonald, Pearl Schramm and Gabriella Szalkai.

Altogether, the Olympians finished fifth out of the 25 teams.

“The standard of swimming at this meet gets better every year and I was happy to see so many of my swimmers finishing in the top three as well as many of them making second swims," said coach Brian Metcalfe.

"We were looking for some qualifying times which we achieved so this is an added bonus.”


The Olympians also took part in a 10 and under meet hosted at UBC by the Vancouver Pacific Swim Club.

Hugh McNeill placed first in two events and second in three others to take top spot in the 10-year-old boys category. His seven-year-old sister Isobel was fifth overall in the girls nine and under age group.

In the individual events, Reagen Bedard, 10, was second in the 50 breast while Selina Schmelcher, nine, was second in the 200IM and third in the 50 breast.

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