Trail Regional Aquatic Excellence (TRAX) swimmers made waves at the Pacific Coast Swimming Wavemaker Invitational Meet in Victoria last month.
TRAX swimmer Samuel Mathew raced to the podium in all his events in the 13-14-age category. The Nelson native dominated the breaststroke events, capturing gold in the 50, 100 and 200-metre breast while setting new meet records during the 50 and 100-m preliminary swims at the Commonwealth Games Pool in Victoria.
“Mathew has worked really hard to improve his breast stroke technique and training habits under the direction of Head Coach Bill Park and it has paid off,” said club director Eve Fournier in an email. “He is a Provincial Crown breaststroke qualified swimmer and has what it takes to make it to the Age Group National level in the sport of competitive swimming in Canada.”
Mathew also claimed gold in the 100-m free, and silver in the 400-m Individual Medley (IM) and 50-m and 200-m free events, and bronze in the 100-m back and 100-m fly.
TRAX swimmer Ian Markus of Trail also performed brilliantly. The 12-year-old won first place in the 1,500-free and 50-free events, which qualify him to swim at the Provincial Long Course Meter Championships in Victoria in July. Markus took home silver in the 100 free, 100 fly, and 200 fly, knocking five seconds off his 200-m fly final to qualify him for AAA LCM Provincial Championships. He came third in the 100 back and 400-m free.
TRAX distance swimmer Jackson Konkin, 13, finished first in the 1,500-m free achieving the AAA qualifying standard; second in the 50-m back final and third in the 100-m free and the 200-m back AAA QT swims; he just missed the podium in the 400-m free, 200-m IM and 100-m back events and fifth in the 400-m IM.
Riley Mager, 15, swam to sixth and eighth place finishes to help our boys team to a third place finish out of 17 clubs, and ninth overall.
Brianne Mager, 10, competed in her first event final 200-m back and placed seventh scoring important team points while Tess Markus also placed seventh in the 50-m back event. B.C. Summer Games Prospects Cyan Ross-Van Mierlo, Kira Konkin, and Kayla Fraser also tried their first 1,500-m free event long course meters and competed in the 400-m IM event achieving the Provincial A time standard. Noelle Mager also swam in her first 1,500m swim and Makenzie Mager, 10, achieved top TRAX time in the 200-m breast and free events.
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