Sungod club sends two swimmers to Westerns

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A pair of swimmers from the Sungod club in North Delta learned a lot from competing at the Speedo Western Canadian Championships in New Westminster.

While both Michael Milic, 15, and Elena Penner, 13, fell short of qualifying for an event final, both were pleased with their performance while competing at a regional meet for the first time. Penner was 10th in the 50m butterfly and 17th in the 50m freestyle in the 15-and-under female category, while Milic was 24th in the 400m individual medley and 25th in the 100m breast stroke.

“The two swimmers had solid results and were able to repeat fast performances from the B.C. AAA championships two weeks ago,” said Sungod head coach Kurt Murphy. “And that was our goal.”

Both swimmers saw the depth of talent at a Western Canadian meet, and discovered there’s not a huge margin of victory.

“It was an interesting experience to watch five heats of girls swim within a one-second margin of one another in the 100 freestyle, and to watch swimmers get into second swims by hundredths of a second,” Murphy said.

Delta swimmers also competed at the Lower Mainland Regional Championships in Richmond Feb. 22-23 and had some solid performances.

Caralyn Vossen, 16, qualified the B.C. AA Championships in Chilliwack at the end of the month.  Vossen won a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke, bronze medals in the 100m free and 200m IM (individual medley) and was seventh in the 100m back stroke and 200m freestyle.

Other top eight finishes by Sungod Swimmers were achieved by:

Jaya Castillo, 16 - gold 100m freestyle; bronze 100m back stroke; 5th 200m freestyle, 50m breast stroke, 200m back stroke.

Lawrence Chen, 11 - 4th 50m butterfly, 400m freestyle.

Harbir Grewal, 9 - bronze 50m breast stroke; 4th 400m freestyle; 5th 50m butterfly.

Alan Han, 12 - 8th 400m freestyle.

Maddison Lupien, 14 - silver 100m freestyle; 4th 200m freestyle; 5th 400m freestyle; 6th 100m butterfly; 8th 200m back stroke.

Sarah Morey, 12 - silver 200m back stroke; 5th 400m IM.

Sarveen Sangha, 11- 5th 200m butterfly.

Lauren Vossen, 12 - 7th 400m freestyle.

Aaron Zhou, 10 - 6th 100m butterfly; 7th 50m freestyle.

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