RECORDS BROKEN AT BC MASTERS SWIM CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Kelowna, BC) – One world and multiple national and provincial records were broken at the 2014 MSABC Provincial Swim Championships presented by Team Aquatic Supplies and ARENA this past weekend in Kelowna. 212 competitive masters’ swimmers ranging in age from 18-86 from across Western Canada, Quebec and Oregon swam their best at the event held at H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre from Friday afternoon to Sunday midday.
In addition to the World record, 12 National and 20 Provincial records were broken. In the women’s age category 45-49 Cindy Mabee from Victoria, BC broke the World, National and Provincial records for the 50 metre backstroke with a time of 00:30.28.
Of the 212 swimmers, 63 represented the Okanagan Valley including 42 from Okanagan Masters Swim Club (OMSC). OMSC won the overall MSABC Award for most points scored. Local host, OMSC could not have been happier with the outcome and results. Brent Hobbs, president of OMSC said, “Masters swimming isn’t just about competition. It is about participation and achieving your goals. The most inspiring swim was the women’s 50-55 year old 200m front crawl. Jeanne Carlsen from Calgary competed in this event despite her fight with cancer. Participating as an exhibition swimmer, Jeanne didn’t have the strength to breathe to the side as is conventional in front crawl so she opted to swim with a snorkel. She finished strongly—winning her heat! Everyone on the pool deck gave her a standing ovation. That is the spirit of Masters swimming. It is about achieving your best in a supportive environment.”
For more information, including the results, please visit www.okmasters.com
Okanagan Masters Swim Club is for adult swimmers of all kinds: Competitive, recreational, open water and triathletes. As one of the largest Masters Swim clubs in British Columbia with five trained coaches and a home base at the H20 Adventure Fitness centre, the OMSC has something for everyone.
For more information about the Okanagan Masters Swim Club, visit their website www.okmasters.com