Bluebacks float silver in Terrace B.C. swim meet

Terrace Bluebacks swam strong in a recent meet they hosted here in Terrace, earning silver as a team among the regional swim clubs.

Avery Back won bronze and Renzo Zanardo and Emma Kuirinlahti won silver in the recent swim meet here in Terrace.

Terrace Bluebacks swam strong in a recent meet they hosted here in Terrace, earning silver as a team among the regional swim clubs.

Coach Mike Christensen said Kitimat has a very dominant swim club, who took first place and broke several pool records and regional records.

But the Bluebacks claimed a small accomplishment of their own, taking second place and earning their highest point total in five years.

“It was great,” said Christensen, adding that swimmers from Smithers and Prince Rupert also competed at the meet.

Emma Kuirinlahti and Renzo Zanardo both won silver medals and Avery Back won bronze.

Several swimmers also hit B.C. time standards, which means they are fast enough to qualify for provincials.

At the ‘AA’ level, Jake Kluss met the standard in 200 metre backstroke, Nolen Knox made it in 50 metre freestyle, and Juliet Lukasser in 100 metre backstroke. Avery Back made the time standard in the ‘A’ level for the 200 metre butterfly.

A number of swimmers also beat their personal best times in all seven events. They were Braden Clunas, Tawney Cooper, Jakob Coosemans, Samara Hay, Reese Nester, Brooklynn Simms, Luca Villeneuve, and Maddy Willmot.