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Terrace Bluebacks narrowly miss victory against Prince Rupert, qualify for championships

The Terrace Bluebacks came within 150 points of the Prince Rupert Rapids
Terrace Blueback swimmer Meredith Acal, 11, was one of the club members distinguishing themselves at a final regional meet held in Terrace. (Submitted photo)

Swimmers with the Terrace Bluebacks swim club came up just 150 short of the Prince Rupert Rapids in the final regional meet of the season held in the city on June 10-11.

Combined, the 54 competing Bluebacks compiled 73 per cent best times.

Zion Girard, 13, and Sequoia Wood, 13, qualified for the Northern and Interior Divisional Championships being held in Kelowna on June 24-25 by making their first qualifying time in the 50 freestyle.

Zion also added a new ManSask “A” time (Manitoba-Saskatchewan Junior Provincial) in the 50 breaststroke while Sequoia got new “A” times in the 1500, 50 back, 400 IM and 100 free.

Paige Constantinescu, 12, added to her resume with three new divisional times in the 800 free, 200 back and 200 free. She won the silver aggregate in the 11-12 girls age group.

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Brook-Lynn Meijer, 17, picked up a new Divisional time in the 200 free and new “A” times in the 1500 free, 100 fly, 400 IM and 50 breast. She also won the bronze aggregate in the senior age group.

Gabriel Ungehojer, 13, swam new Divisional times in the 50 & 100 fly and a new “A” time in the 1500 en route to winning the silver medal in the 13-14 boys age group. Meredith Acal, 11, snagged a new “A” time in the 50 breaststroke.

Xavier Grielens, 11, Thomas Sambo, 12, and Oliver Ungehojer, 17, all won aggregate medals in their age groups. Marie-Aude Choinard, 10, swam best times in all seven of her individual events.

For Mateo Barrette Garvin, 10, Aoife Baryer, 9, Sabine Calkins, 7, Eloise Gemeinhardt, 9, Quinn Netzel, 8, Micah Henschel, 9, and Karver Plukard, 9, this was their first time participating in a regional swim meet.

Head coach Chris Street said the young swimmers did very well.

A few other notable performances include Kaylyn Braam, 15, taking more than 20 seconds off her 400 free and 200 IM. Merik Hogg-Perry, 12, took 31 seconds off his 100 breaststroke, Street added.

Skylar Purita, 11, took nearly 40 seconds off her 200 breaststroke. Lachlan Waite, 10, took nearly a combined 1:10 seconds of his 100 back, 50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 100 free and 100 IM.

Up next the club will send 10 swimmers to Kelowna this weekend for Swim BC’s Northern and Interior Divisional Championships.