The Prince George Barracudas have returned home after competing at B.C. long-course AAA swimming provincials in Kamloops.
The club placed eighth overall in the event, which began on Thursday and wrapped up Sunday. Races were held at the Canada Games Pool, located in the Tournament Capital Centre on the Thompson Rivers University campus.
Seven new club records were set on Sunday, three during gold-medal swims for Haley Black, Sterling King and Danica Ludlow. In the 100-metre butterfly, Black captured gold with a new record of one minute and 5.88 seconds (1:05.88), topping her own mark of 1:06.65 recorded in June. In finishing first in the 100m butterfly with a time of 1:00.75, King broke his previous record of 1:02.26 from June. Ludlow won the 400m freestyle with a record-breaking time of 4:26.14, seven seconds faster than her previous best of 4:33.15 set in June.
In an eighth-place result in the 100m butterfly, Katie Mann clocked in at 1:08.26 to eclipse a time of 1:08.31 she set in June 2009.
Three club records were set in relay races. In the Girls 14 and under 4×50 medley relay, the team of Jessa Wing, Bailey Hardy, Black and Ludlow set a time of 2:09.29. The time surpassed their own previous mark of 2:10.68 set in June. The Boys 14 and under team of Harrison Lagdzin, King, Sava Yungman and Ethan Godden finished sixth in the 4×50 medley relay. In the process, their time of 2:04.75 set a new club record, topping a previous club best of 2:09.53 set in June by Lagdzin, King, Josiah Binnema and Yungman.
Another medley record was set in the Girls 15 and over 4×50 medley relay. Sixth with a time of 2:04.81, the team of Grace Ni, Mann, Black and Ludlow topped a June mark of 2:05.79 recorded by Ni, Mann, Black and Kailey Tress.
King, Mann, Ludlow and Black led the Barracudas on a successful weekend with record-setting swims.
Other results by King were: 200m freestyle – first at 1:59.41 (club record); 100m breaststroke – eighth at 1:16.60; 200m butterfly – second at 2:16.81 (club record); 50m freestyle – first at 25.78; 200m individual medley – first at 2:17.83 (club record); 100m freestyle – first at 55.25 (club record); and 400m individual medley – second at 4:55.18 (club record).
Mann’s other finishes were: 200m breaststroke – fourth at 2:42.00; 100m breaststroke – fifth at 1:15.06; 200m backstroke – third at 2:24.90 (club record); 50m freestyle – eighth at 27.94 (club record); 200m individual medley – third at 2:22.68 (club record); and 400m individual medley – fourth at 5:09.10.
Other results for Ludlow were: 200m freestyle – first at 2:06.14; 200m backstroke – second at 2:30.61; 800m freestyle – first at 9:22.88 (club record); 50m freestyle – first at 27.77; 20m individual medley – sixth at 2:35.48; and 100m freestyle – first at 58.89 (club record).
Black’s other results were: 200m backstroke – first at 2:28.58; 200m butterfly – first at 2:29.53; 200m individual medley – second at 2:31.99; 400m individual medley – second at 5:17.13; and 100m backstroke – second at 1:10.76.
Josiah Binnema also set a club record on the weekend. In Thursday’s 100m backstroke, he captured silver and set a new club record with a time of 1:12.07. He topped his own previous mark of 1:12.82 set in June.
Another relay record was set on Friday. In the Girls 14 and under 4×50 freestyle, the team of Black, Wing, Ludlow and Hardy finished 12th with a new club record. Their time of 2:00.88 eclipsed a previous mark of 2:01.58 recorded in May by the same foursome, just in different positions.
Other top-three results from the weekend were: Hardy – silver in 200m breaststroke at 2:49.07; Tress – bronze in 800m freestyle at 9:45.01; Josiah Binnema – bronze in 200m backstroke at 2:33.68 and in 200m butterfly at 2:44.02; Yungman – bronze in 200m butterfly at 2:30.10; and Claire Shrimpton – bronze in 200m butterfly at 2:35.97.
Fifteen members of the Barracudas competed at provincials. Kathryn Binnema, Montana Forster and Patricia Fortier also represented the club.
Nine Barracudas swimmers have qualified for the Age Group National Championships, July 21 to 26 in Winnipeg. They are Ludlow, Black, Hardy, Wing, Tress, King, Lagdzin, Yungman and Josiah Binnema.