Trio earn spot in amongst B.C.’s best

Three Castlegar swimmers have qualified for AAA provincials in March.

Gabrielle Hanvold, Tenysha Ross-Van Mierlo and Malcolm Macleod all swam to AAA qualifying times during the AA provincials in Chilliwack last weekend.

A fourth Castlegar swimmer, Matthew Macleod, broke personal bests in half of his races.

Hanvold received a gold medal in 100 metre fly (and a AAA qualifying time for that race) as well as a silver medal in 200 metre fly. Her mother, Cherie, said Hanvold is now approaching AAA time standards for both 100 metre free and 200 metre fly. All races Hanvold competed in resulted in best times.

Ross-Van Mierlo also had best times in every race she swam in and received four AAA qualifying times in 800 metre free, 100 metre free, 400 metre free and 200 metre free. During competition, she earned a gold medal in 400 metre free, silvers in 200 metre individual medley, 800 metre free, 100 metre free, 200 metre free and bronze in 400 metre individual medley. In case you lost count, it means she earned medals in every event she swam in.

Malcolm Macleod received a gold medal in 100 metre breaststroke, which is also the race he qualified for AAA in. He also received a bronze medal in 200 metre breaststroke. Each race was a personal best.

Matthew Macleod’s best result was in 100 metre breaststroke where he swam to 15th place. It was also his personal best.

The three swimmers will join previously-qualified teammates Jordan Andrusak and Niallan Collier to compete in the B.C. AAA Short Course Age Group Championships hosted by the University of Victoria from March 3 to 6. Competition will take place over the four days and a few hundred swimmers from around the province are expected to participate.

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