Cloverdale Tritons head to provincials

Nine swimmers and two relay teams head to Victoria

The Cloverdale Tritons Summer Swim Club sent 11 members to the BC Summer Swim Club Provincial Championships this weekend in Victoria.

Members of the Cloverdale Tritons Summer Swim Club are headed to the BC Summer Swim Association (BCSSA) Provincial Championships this weekend.

This year the Cloverdale Tritons sent 43 people to the regionals from Aug. 7 to 9.

After a good weekend at the regionals, 11 people from the Tritions qualified for provincials.

This was more than three times the amount of people that qualified last year.

One of the coaches, Naomi Whiffen, said it is really exciting because the younger kids in the club don’t usually make it to provincials.

But this year, two of the younger swimmers broke records at the regionals.

Faith Kahn, 10, broke a Div. 2 record at 45.77 seconds. Sawyer Miley, 8, broke a Div. 1 record at 54.88 seconds.

Both Kahn and Miley are headed to the provincials held in Victoria this weekend.

Kahn has been to regionals five times, but she said it felt good this time to break a record.

At provincials Kahn will be doing the 50 metre backstroke, 50 metre breaststroke and the 50 metre freestyle.

“I feel excited and nervous, but I hope I get a medal,” Kahn said.

Sawyer’s father, Chris said Sawyer’s trip to the provincials is exciting because the Tritons haven’t sent a Div. 1 boy in a while.

“It’s really nice that he’s sort of a younger one coming up,” Chris said. “He qualified in his breast stroke and his butterfly.”

To qualify for provincials, the swimmers competing at the regionals need to make Provincial Qualifying Times or be one of the top three swimmers in the race in their region.

The Fraser South Region includes Cloverdale, Surrey, White Rock, Crescent Beach, Richmond, Boundary Bay, Delta and Ladner.

The Tritons are actually one of the smaller clubs in their region with only one or two other smaller summer swim clubs.

The local swim club, which is now based at Greenaway Outdoor Pool (17901 60 Ave.), has been around since 1990.