South Surrey masters swimmers excel at provincials

More than a dozen members of the Semiahmoo Masters Swim Club were in Victoria earlier this month, competing at B.C. Championships.

Leading the way at the April 2 event was Kerry Duvall, 47, who won four gold medals – in 400-m freestyle as well as 50-, 100- and 200-m breaststroke – as well as bronze in 50- and 100-m freestyle.

Heike Beer, 44, was first in 100-m backstroke and second in 50-m back and 50- and 100-m free; Friedrich Buxbaum, 62, also finished on the podium four times – first in 50- and 200-m breast and second in 100-m breast and 50-m back.

Brian Coote, 38, was first in 50- and 100-m back, 100-m fly as well as in a pair of freestyle distances, and second in 100-m free.

Dale Freeman also had a strong performance, earning silver medals in the 400- and 800-m free, 200-m individual medley and 100-m fly, and bronze medals in 400-m IM and 50-m free.

Bonnie Hartney, 56, also placed second in 200-m breast.

Gail Pozniak, 52, won bronze in 100- and 200-m back; Julia Ratkay was fourth in 50- and 200-m breast; Robin Sawyer won gold in 50-m back and the 50-, 100- and 200-m free, silver in 100-m IM and bronze in 50-m fly.

Craig Slater won the 200-m IM, and was second in 50- and 100-m breast, 100-m IM, 50-m fly and 50-m back.

Anne Lynn Stockstad, 22, also had a good weekend in the provincial capital, winning the 100-m IM and finishing third in 200-m free and 50-m fly.

Danica Stockstad finished with six medals – gold in 100- and 400-m free and second in 50- and 100-m back, and 50- and 200-m free. Gary Weltzin was first in three backstroke distances, and in the 100-m fly.

Aart Looye was second in both the 800- and 1,500-m free events, and third in the 50- and 100-m back.

At the Masters Swimming Association of B.C. AGM, Looye was also presented with the President’s Award for his work promoting swimming over the last 12 years.

Another South Surrey swimmer, Kathy Graham – who competes with the Winskill Otters – was at Ontario provincials the same weekend, competing alongside her daughter, who attends school nearby.

Graham won gold in the 50- and 100-m back, 200-m fly, 400-m IM and 50-m free, and won silver in the 100-m breast.

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