Sharks impress at Western Canadians

Local trio swims well against top-calibre competition in Saskatoon

TALENTED TRIO OF Sharks are Jordyn Ryan (left)

Brooke Lamoureux, Jordyn Ryan and Ben Neufeld joined up with swimmers from the Campbell River Killer Whales to compete under the Predators Association banner at the Speedo Western Canadian Championships Feb. 14-17 in Saskatoon.

The three Comox Valley Aquatic Club Sharks swimmers took advantage of competing in the recentlly built, state-of-the-art, 10-lane Shaw Centre. This was the first time attending a meet of this calibre for all three athletes; instead of competing against swimmers in their age-groups, the girls swam in the 15 & Under category while Ben swam in the 16 & Under category.

Jordyn swam well, making the National Age Group Standard in each of her events.  She came away with best times in her 200 IM and her 800 free. She had some awesome swims – even qualifying for the finals in the 200 IM on the last day.

Brooke had the most swims and was able to better her time in the 200 free to a 2:07.32 – a club record.  She showed what a great competitor she has become by swimming her best despite fighting a cold. “It truly shows how determined she has become – even in the face of adversity she digs down and fights every millimeter of the way,” commented her coach.

Ben made all his three backstroke swims count – they were all in club record times and they were all qualifying times for this summer’s Age Group National Championships in Montreal.  He swam a 29.18 in the 50, a 1:02.24 in the 100, and a 2:13.81 in the 200 back.

Stay tuned for Swim BC Provincial Results this weekend. Remember to support your local Sharks when they seek out donations for the upcoming Swim-A-Thon.  For more information, e-mail or visit their website at


– Comox Valley Aquatic Club Sharks



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