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Fishing for gold: Prince George Pisces top podium 12 times at regional meet

Summer Swim Club wins 48 medals in own pool, provincials in Kamloops this week
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The Prince George Pisces Summer Swim Club played host at the Aquatic Centre to the 2019 Cariboo Regional Championships (via Contributed)

Prince George’s summer swim team took advantage of familiar waters in hosting the 2019 Cariboo Regional Championships ahead of provincials.

The Pisces won 12 gold and 48 total medals at the Prince George Aquatic Centre, doubling the number of athletes that competed for the blue and white at 24.

Each local swimmer earned at least one medal at regionals.

The meet consisted of racers from swim clubs in Quesnel, the Nechako Valley, Mackenzie, Dawson Creek, and Fort St. John.

The winningest Pisces were Addison Evans and Brooklyn Fochler, who won two golds each in their respective age groups, the most of any other Prince George teammate.

Prince George Pisces swimming logoThe Prince George Pisces Summer Swim Club (via Facebook/Prince George Pisces)

They, along with Meghan Watson, also won the most individual medals at four each.

Evans touched the wall first in her Girls Division Three backstroke (50m) and freestyle (100m) races, while Fochler topped the podium in Girls Division Five 50m and 100m butterflies.

Watson’s four medals from Girls Division Six included one gold from the 200m individual medley.

The B.C. Summer Swimming Association (BCSSA) provincial championships are in Kamloops this weekend from Aug. 15 to 18.

Prince George Pisces swimmers and their regional medals are as follows:

GIRLS

  • Kikuko Reiffarth (Div. 8) 
    • Silver - 50m freestyle 
    • Bronze - 100m breaststroke 
  • Meghan Watson (Div. 6) 
    • Gold - 200m individual medley 
    • Silver - 100m butterfly
    • Bronze - 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly 
  • Eva Gobbi (Div. 6) 
    • Silver - 100m freestyle 
    • Bronze - 100m breaststroke 
  • Zoe Kiland (Div. 6) 
    • Bronze - 100m freestyle 
  • Brooklyn Fochler (Div. 5) 
    • Gold - 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly
    • Bronze - 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke 
  • Emma Watson (Div. 5) 
    • Gold - 100m backstroke 
    • Silver - 100m breaststroke 
    • Bronze - 200m individual medley
  • Mya Blackburn (Div. 5) 
    • Silver - 100m freestyle
    • Bronze - 50m freestyle 
  • Sarra Gaal (Div. 5) 
    • Bronze - 100m freestyle 
  • Abby Spencer (Div. 4) 
    • Gold - 200m individual medley
  • Addison Evans (Div. 3) 
    • Gold - 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle
    • Bronze - 100m individual medley, 50m backstroke
  • Hina Reiffarth (Div. 3) 
    • Gold - 50m backstroke 
    • Silver - 100m individual medley, 50m butterfly
  • Olivia Medhurst (Div. 2)
    • Silver - 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke 
    • Bronze - 100m freestyle 
  • Olivia Coyle (Div. 2) 
    • Silver - 100m freestyle
  • Kairi Reiffarth (Div. 2) 
    • Bronze - 50m breaststroke
  • Kimora Beliveau (Div. 1) 
    • Bronze - 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke 

BOYS

  • Fraser MacRae (Div. 8) 
    • Gold - 100m butterfly
    • Silver - 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly 
  • Dominic Reiffarth (Div. 8) 
    • Bronze - 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke 
  • David Dunn (Div. 8) 
    • Gold - 200m individual medley
  • Ian Williams (Div. 8) 
    • Gold - 50m freestyle
  • Rory Boyle (Div. 8) 
    • Bronze - 50m freestyle
  • Tucker Krause (Div. 4) 
    • Silver - 100m breaststroke 
  • Finn Boyle (Div. 3)
    • Gold - 100m individual medley,
    • Silver - 50m backstroke
  • Zachary Gobbi (Div. 3) 
    • Silver - 50m butterfly
    • Bronze - 50m backstroke 
  • Tyler Chingee (Div. 3)
    • Silver - 50m breaststroke



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Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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