Garriock sisters beat the clock

Duncan Stingrays swim team members didn’t waste any time flashing their brilliance in the first major meet of the new year.

The team collected 10 individual medals at the Island regional short course championships in Victoria.

“Although we only had 11 athletes at the meet, we placed seventh out of 12 in team standings, with the top six teams with 20+ swimmers,’’ noted coach Sheila Galloway.

“There is a lot of excitement within the team right now, with all the swimmers making large improvements, the numerous club records that have been broken so far this year and the many club records that are so close to being broken.’’

The Garriock sisters earned seven medals between them.

Tamara Garriock had a breakthrough meet, with large improvements in four events — the 200 metre individual medley (first, 2:25.41), 400 I.M. (third, 5:11.93), 100 free (first, 1:00.65) and 200 free (first, 2:10.99). She trained hard during the Christmas break in preparation for the Western nationals in Regina.

Garriock had 16 races in three days. Her performance in the 200 I.M. ranks as the ninth fastest in Canada.

Garriock achieved five new national time standards during the weekend.

Natalia Garriock also had a phenomenal meet, narrowly missing two clubs records in the 50 back and 100 back.

She earned silver medals in the 100 back (1:24.13) and 50 back (38.87), with a third place in the 50 fly (40.81).

Katelyn Hayward also enjoyed the rewards of a breakthrough competition, earning her first two individual medals at the championship level.

Hayward was first in the 100 back (1:14.10) and second in the 200 back (2:41.72).

Veronica Reid claimed the Stingrays’ other individual medal in the 50 free, placing second in 28.43 in a close race. She also had fourth-place finishes in the 100 breast (1:18.26) and 200 breast (2:50.66).

Reid is also going to Regina next week.

The Stingrays’ 13-14 girls’ relay team of Hayward, Reid, Tamara Garriock and Christine Ridenour placed first in the 4x50 free relay (1:56.80) and second in the 4x50 medley relay (2:10.99), both in club record times.

The 10 and under girls’ 4x50 free relay team of Savanah Munzar, Annie Macintosh, Danielle Schmidt and Natalia Garriock beat the club record by four seconds and placed second in 2:23.09.

The same foursome also charged to third in the 4x50 medley relay in a club record time of 2:47.73.

Schmidt became a first-time qualifier for the provincials in March.

Ridenour achieved many personal best times and two AAA provincial standards in the 200 free and 400 free.

Drake McKay faced many challenges, competing in 14 races between heats and finals. He made the AAA provincial qualifying standard in the 50 free preliminaries.

Munzar, Darien Hobday and Thomas Gilbertson all had 100 per cent best times. Macintosh’s solid performances included the 100 free in a best time of 1:26.78 and the 50 free in a best time of 37.21.

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