Matthew Mitchell, Nicholas Ralph, and Clarke Hopkins recently competed at the Tier Two Provincial Championships.

Matthew Mitchell, Nicholas Ralph, and Clarke Hopkins recently competed at the Tier Two Provincial Championships.

Three Sooke athletes compete at provincial swim meet

The Tyee Swim Club made a splash at the provincial championships earlier this month.

Three Sooke swimmers competed in the Tier Two championships, which took place at the Commonwealth Pool in Saanich from July 6-8.

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“Swimmers all over B.C. work their hardest all season to achieve the exceptionally difficult time standards that would allow them to compete at this meet, and still only a few are able to make it. However, three of Sooke’s own were able to achieve these standards and compete at this meet,” said coach Marissa Schweitze.

The three swimmers included Matthew Mitchell, 13, Nicholas Ralph, 14, and Clarke Hopkins, 15.

Mitchell competed in the 200 and 100-metre backstroke races, and impressively achieved the 15-and-under age standard.

Ralph competed in the 200 and 100m butterfly races, and Hopkins competed in the 200 and 100m backstroke races, as well as the 100m breaststroke and the 50m freestyle.

“The swimmers had to reach a particular time standard in each of these individual events prior to July 6 in order to be eligible to swim that event in this meet. To achieve just one standard is incredible, but to achieve more than one, as all three of these boys did, is outstanding,” said Schweitze.

“The swimmers did incredible at the meet, achieving multiple personal best times while racing some of the fastest swimmers in the province. The Sooke team couldn’t be more proud to be represented by these athletes.”



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