Sungod club excels at West Coast Open
With numerous medals won and many personal bests achieved, the West Coast Open was a very successful meet for members of the Delta Sungod Swim Club.
The contingent of 22 Sungod swimmers won 10 medals, competing in a meet that attracted 530 swimmers from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and Washington.
But the personal best times is what shows improvement, said Sungod coach Kurt Murphy. The West Coast Open was staged in a 50m pool, while Delta swimmers train in a 25m facility.
“It shows that the swimmer is continually developing in terms of strength and endurance while also learning how to swim more efficiently,” said Murphy. “Swimmers who are 15 and under can make the largest improvements through two things; better technique and growth in body size and height.
“One is controllable by coaches, the other is not.”
Albert Yu, 13, Caralyn Vossen, 16, Hector Rodriguez, 16 and Cory Bullock, 13, all set personal best times in all six events they swam.
Hailey Penner, 11, won six medals, including a gold medal in her 400m freestyle event. She added silver medals in the 100m and 200m freestyle, and the 100m and 200m butterfly, as well as a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley.
Elena Penner, 14, won a bronze medal in the 200m butterfly and was fifth in the 50m freestyle and sixth in the 200m individual medley.
Sarah Morey, 12, won a bronze medal in the 50m back stroke while Bullock took the bronze in his 50m freestyle race, one of five appearances in a final. Bullock was also fifth on both the 50m and 200m back stroke races, seventh in the 100m freestyle and eighth in the 200m freestyle.
Rodriguez was the final medal winner, with a bronze medal in the 100m back stroke. He was also sixth in the 200m back stroke.
Other finalists were:
Claudia Baxter, 13 - fifth 100m and 200m breast stroke; seventh 200m individual medley.
Taylor Bullock, 17 - seventh 50m breast stroke; eighth 100m breast stroke.
Jaya Castillo, 17 - fourth 50m back stroke; fifth 100m back stroke, 50m free style, 200m back stroke.
Danielle Kisser, 17 - fourth 200m breast stroke.
Noah Landry, 14 - fifth 200m butterfly; eighth 400m individual medley.
Maddison Lupien, 14 - fifth 200m butterfly.
Caralyn Vossen, 16 - fourth 100m breast stroke; eighth 200m back stroke.
Connor Warkentin, 18 - fourth 100m and 200m breast stroke.
Logan Warkentin, 14 - fourth 100m butterfly, 400m individual medley; fifth 100m butterfly; eighth 50m freestyle.
Albert Yu, 13 - fourth 100m breast stroke; sixth 200m breast stroke.