Kim, Herbert lead Langley charge

Olympians start season with impressive showing at pair of meets

The Langley Olympians were in fine form with their season opening meet last weekend.

The swim club was at the UBC Aquatic Centre for the 2014 Vancouver Pacific Swim Club Invitational Meet.

“This was an awesome start to our season. It’s always a great confidence boost for so many of our swimmers to come out of an early meet with so many best times, qualifying times, records and placings,” said Olympians head coach Brian Metcalfe.

“We are looking forward to what we can now achieve at our next meet and indeed for the rest of the season.”

Joshua Kim, 12, took the aggregate trophy for his age group, winning five events — 50 breast, 50 back, 100 breast, 50 free, 100 IM — and second in four others — 100 free, 100 fly, 100 back, 50 fly. Along the way, he also broke six club records in the 100 free (1:00.20), 50 breast (34.41), 50 back (33.42), 100 breast (1:14.23), 50 fly (30.74) and 100 IM (1:14.62).

Bailey Herbert, 11, took top spot for her age group, winning all nine of her events — 100 free, 50 breast, 50 back, 100 fly, 100 breast, 50 free, 100 back, 50 fly, 100IM — and setting a new meet record in the 100 IM.

Altogether, the club won 14 gold, 10 silver and another 10 bronze.

Mackenzie Dong (age 14) won silver in the 100 fly and 100 breast and bronze in the 50 breast.

Severen Parr (10) won a pair of silver in the 50 free and 100 free as well as bronze in the 50 fly.

Reagen Bedard (11) won silver in the 50 breast and bronze in the 100 breast.

Hugh McNeill (11) won silver in the 100 back and bronze in the 100 free and 100 fly.

Josie Field (12) won bronze in the 100 fly.

Brayden Herbert (10) won bronze in the 50 back.

And Luke Stewart-Beinder (9) won bronze in the 100 free, 50 fly and 100 IM.

Mia Goretic (11) achieved personal best in all her races and also delivered a pair of B.C. AAA qualifying times in the 50 fly and 100 back events.

Ryan Hunter (11) and John Park (10) also swam personal bests.

And while the young age group swimmers were at UBC, a team of Langley’s top senior swimmers were on Vancouver Island, competing in the B.C. senior circuit meet.

The meet was at Saanich Commonwealth Place and hosted by Pacific Coast Swimming.

All the top senior B.C. swimmers were in attendance, including five Olympians swimmers.

Hillary Metcalfe took gold in the 200 IM and eighth in the 100 breast, while Chelsea Borrowdale (15) was third in the 400 IM and sixth in the 200 breast.

Renae Ledoux (15) was fifth in the 50 breast and seventh in both the 200 back and 100 breast.

Robyn Nakano was fifth in the 50 fly, seventh in the 100 fly and eighth in the 200 fly.

Justin Schramm (16) was sixth in both the 400 free and 200 fly.

Hillary Metcalfe won gold in the 200 IM and Chelsea Borrowdale took bronze in the 400 IM.

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