Bluebacks swim to second

Brayden Phillips shows off the two medals he won at the Prince George Moose Meet, April 13 - 15.  - Janine Workman
Brayden Phillips shows off the two medals he won at the Prince George Moose Meet, April 13 - 15.
— image credit: Janine Workman

The Terrace Bluebacks came to a second place finish at the Prince George Moose Meet, April 13 – 15.

The swimmers competed as a part of Points North, a regional team with athletes from Terrace, Smithers, Kitimat and Prince Rupert.

Coach for the Bluebacks, Nesia Bare said training for the meet was a little difficult as Terrace swimmers transitioned from swimming in their 25-metre pool, to swimming in a 50-metre pool in Prince George.

Points North swimmers combined managed to improve their swim times 70 per cent overall.

From Terrace, Emma Hodgkinson, Thomas Christensen and Brayden Phillips all managed best previous times on every swim event they entered.

Phillips also won a silver medal in the 200-metre individual medley and bronze in the 200-metre freestyle swim, both in the 10 and under boys divisions.

"It feels really good,” Phillips said of his results. “I feel proud of myself."

Additionally, nine-year-old Phillips scored an AA time in the 100-metre breaststroke for 11-year-olds, which qualified him to swim at provincials against swimmers two years older.

“It takes a talented kid to get that,” said Bare. “Brayden is a great swimmer, and just wants to improve on his (swim) times.”

Bare explained that in practices Philips is always asking to be timed, in a constant effort to better himself.

He will push himself until he achieves his goal, she said.

In his third year with the Terrace Bluebacks, Phillips plans to continue swimming for as long as he can.

He said what he likes about the sport is the fact that it is hard, fun and good exercise.

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