Four medals for North Delta swimmer
Hailey Penner of the Delta Sungod Swim Club (DSSC) collected four medals at the Swim BC AAA Championships last month in Victoria.
Penner, 11, qualified for the finals in all eight events she entered at the meet. She won a silver medal in her 50m and 100m freestyle races, and added bronze medals in the 200m and 400m freestyle events. She was also fourth in the 100m butterfly, 800m freestyle and the 200m individual medley, and seventh in the 400m individual medley. Penner set new DSSC records in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle categories for 11-12 year-olds, and also achieved her first Age Group National time.
Penner was among a group of nine swimmers from the Sungod club to compete at the championships in the Commonwealth Pool, and her success helped the group place 28th among the 42 clubs in the team standings.
“For DSSC, this provincial meet was about setting new standards,” said head coach Kurt Murphy. “We were looking for swimmers to take their swimming to the next level. The level after provincials is nationals, and we were looking for swimmers to step up.”
Elena Penner, 14, qualified for her third Age Group National by achieving her third qualifying time. (Swimmers are required to achieve three qualifying times in order to attend Age Group Nationals.) She also broke the club record in the 100m butterfly for girls 13-14 years-old.