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Sea Wolves show well in recent meets

Sports briefs: Second BarnBurner Triple training run slated for May 9
strong swimmers Members of the Whistler Sea Wolves are shown after the University of Victoria Pacific Coast Swimming Wavemaker Invitational meet in the provincial capital from April 24 to 26. Photo submitted

The Whistler Sea Wolves made a splash on Vancouver Island late last month.

Eleven team members went to participate in the University of Victoria Pacific Coast Swimming Wavemaker Invitational in Victoria from April 24 to 26 and all posted at least one personal best over the course of the weekend.

Competing in the 15 and over men's division, Stephane Barnett was second in the 50m breaststroke and third in the 100m breaststroke. He was also fifth in the 50m backstroke and sixth in the 50m butterfly.

Meanwhile, in the 12-year-old boys' group, birthday boy Eric Milley placed second in the 50m breaststroke in his first competition against older swimmers. He was also fifth in the 50m butterfly, sixth in the 100m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke and seventh in the 12 and under 400m freestyle.

Kat Kranjc just missed out on the podium, notching a fourth-place finish in the 50m butterfly in the women's 15 and over division.

Also in the 50m butterfly, Georgia Strim placed fourth in the event in the 11-year-old girls' division. She also notched seventh-place showings in the 11-year-old 200m backstroke, 50m backstroke, and 12 and under 800m freestyle.

Robyn Minton took a fourth-place finish in the 10 and under girls' 50m breaststroke, while later taking sixth in the 100m breaststroke.

Meanwhile, 11-year-olds MacKenzie Williamson and Corinne Haasen were fifth and sixth in the 50m breaststroke.

Jacob Spierings also made finals, taking sixth in the 15 and older men's 200m breaststroke, seventh in the 50m butterfly and eighth in the 100m butterfly. Macy Kercher also made a final, placing eighth in the 11 year old girls' 50m butterfly.

Oliver Strim, meanwhile, posted five personal bests while participating in a pair of relay finals.

Head coach Brandi Higgins noted the meet was a new experience for many of the swimmers, as they needed to adjust to the long course pool.

"Victoria was an amazing meet where all of the kids — after getting over the shock of how long a 50m pool really is! — swam well and showed great promise for big things this season," she explained in an email.

In all, the Sea Wolves placed 10th of 16 teams with 404 points. The host team won the team title with 6959.5 points, over 4000 points more than the second-place club.

Full results are available at

The Sea Wolves also hosted a meet of its own for younger swimmers on April 18 with 30 swimmers from Whistler, Squamish and West Vancouver.

Gregor Tait was the top 10-year-old swimmer and Finlay Ferguson was the top eight year old. Jamie Tait took a gold in the 25m backstroke, while Kristin Wheeler took two silvers and a bronze. Sierra Johnston also took home a bronze.

Skye Ferguson, Jake Nicholas, Talula Klein, Zach Currie, Lucy Smith, Oliver Strim and Corinne Haasen also represented the Sea Wolves, and Whistler Adaptive Sports Program (WASP) participants Taylor Mitchell, Danielle Winkle, Sarah Colpitts and Kristian Sigurdson-Traynor also participated.

Training run for BarnBurner Triple planned

Those looking at taking part in next month's inaugural BarnBurner Triple trail-running race can get a sense of the third and final loop this Saturday (May 9).

Organizer Christine Cogger explained the run will take place in the One Mile Lake zone, and those who are running a shorter route on race day that doesn't include the loop can still benefit from the orientation.

"It's a great opportunity to get out and train on the trails with friends," she said in an email.

Those interested in participating are asked to RSVP via Facebook. The event is listed at

Runners will be meeting at 9 a.m. by the Pemberton Community Barn.