Swim club brings home medals, club records

The Penticton Pikes won seven medals, one member gets three gold and club records

RYAN MCMILLAN of the Penticton Pikes

RYAN MCMILLAN of the Penticton Pikes

Penticton Pike Ryan McMillan has a B.C. Summer Swimming Association provincial championship to remember.

Not only did he help the Pikes bring home seven medals, with his three golds in Coquitlam Aug. 20, but he re-wrote the Pikes record books.

While capturing gold in the 100-metre individual medley (1:21.19), 50-m freestyle (31.97) and 100-m freestyle (1:10.00), McMillan broke Mathew Antles 1996 records in the 50-m freestyle (32.15), 50-m fly (36.64) and 100-m freestyle (1:10.91). He also took down Andrew Kennedy’s record in the 100 IM (1:25.08) from 2000.

“It felt really good,” said McMillan. “I had been going for them all year.

“I did really well considering the caliber of everybody else,” continued McMillan, competing in division 2 (age 9-10 1/2).

During the season McMillan said he improved his dives, as well as his breast stroke, backstroke and butterfly.

McMillan’s sister Ashley, competing in the 12 to 16 age open category, earned silver in the 100-m breast stroke (1:22.45) and bronze in the 100-m backstroke (1:11.82) and 200-m IM (2:34.96).

Simon Paisley earned bronze in the 50-m freestyle (24.79) in the 17 and over men’s open category.

Ben Say (50-m free, 11th, 100-m fly, 12th, 50-m fly, fifth and 100-m free, 12th), TJ Paisley (50-m free, 11th) and coach Celina Glabus (50-m free, 14th) all made second swims — the top 16 swimmers competed in afternoon finals. The Pikes also had swimmers in the regional relays.

Glabus said all the swimmer had great races.

Also representing the Pikes were Anders Say, David Archibald, Luke McCoy, Sarah Andrews, Mark Andrews and Madison Seeley, who made her provincial debut.

It was a very exciting experience. Not many people get to experience it so it was very cool that I got to this year, even though I only had one race,” said Seeley, who placed 21st in the 100-m breaststroke. “They were very fast. The top girl went a 1:18 and I went a 1:34. The Vancouver people are extremely fast.”