Talk about good first impressions.
A pair of Pacific Sea Wolves swimmers, Brynn Firth and Sergey Chernomorchenko, competed at World Trials in Victoria this month – the first time either had competed at a long-course event with both heats and finals since 2020.
The meet was also a grueling one from a schedule perspective – it ran five days, from April 5-10 – and according to head coach Jy Lawrence, “both swimmers handled themselves really well.”
Firth competed in the 50-m backstroke, while Chernomorchenko swam in four events: the 400- and 200-m individual medley, 800-m freestyle and 200-m butterfly.
Chernomorchenko’s performances in the IM were the highlight of the week for PSW, Lawrence said. The 16-year-old clocked personal-best times in both IM distances – finishing with second and third in Canada for his birth year.
“Sergey had great IM performances and showed himself to be a competitive breaststroker across the medley field,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence also noted that Chernomorchenko’s 400-m IM swim was good enough to earn him a spot on Team BC at this summer’s Canada Summer Games, which are scheduled for Aug. 6-13 in Niagara Falls, Ont.
Both Chernomorchenko and Firth will compete next at Western Canadian Championships in Edmonton, beginning April 21.