Congratulations to teh Riverside secondary swim team for their great performance at the Fraser Valley meet on October 26. The meet was divided into two categories: the B category is for swimmers who train only with the school team and an open category for swimmers who train also with community teams. The meet was at the Coquitlam Aquatics Center, and all the teams of Fraser North valley district participated.

Students were a bit apprehensive for the meet as it is a major event, but they were also excited. “During the meet, I was nervous because only the fastest five swimmers will qualify for the Provincials, but at the same time, I was determined to win because I put a lot of effort into my training,” said Grade 12 Lucas Stan.

Swimming is a difficult sport where athletes must give their best in performance. All of Riverside’s students were focused and prepared giving their best to win.

Swimmers warm up before the race.

“I love racing and even if the person beside me is ten times faster than me. I will still race until I have no energy left,” said Grade 10 Sara Hughes.

Swim team sponsor and teacher at Riverside, Teena Della commented on the team’s success. “I think we really did well, and we will even do better at Provincials. The swimmers are training hard, and they are giving their best.”

23 out of 25 Swimmers qualified for the upcoming BCCS provincials in the several categories:

Girls 200m Medley relay:
3rd Place Haley Clarke, Julia Wells, Olivia Neuman, Cara MacGregor

5th place Jada Betts, Brooke Smith, Susanna Lewis, Charisma Chang

Boys 200m Medley relay:
2nd place Eric He, Dylan Betts, Owen MacGregor, Evan MacGregor

Girls 50 Free:
1st place Sara Hughes
3rd Hallie Karaboitis
4th Haley Clarke

Boys 50 Free:
4th Luigi Vicentini

Girls 50 Back:
1st Sara Hughes
2nd Dalia Politeo
4th Yeva Pustovit

Boys 50 Back:
2nd Eric He
3rd Dylan Betts

Girls 4x 100 Freestyle:
1st place and Meet Record – Sara Hughes, Cara MacGregor, Hallie Karaboitis, Dalia Politeo
2nd place Jada Betts, Charisma Chang, Elsie Strachan, Brooke Smith

Boys 4x 100 Freestyle:
Dylan Betts, Evan MacGregor, Owen MacGregor, Eric He

Girls 50 Breast:
4th Brooke Smith
5th Julia Wells

Girls 100 Freestyle:
3rd Olivia Neuman
4th Haley Clarke

Boys 100 Freestyle:
4th Evan MacGregor

Mixed 200m medley relay:
2nd Katie Connelly, Julia Wells, Kaleb Deboer, Owen Giles

Girls 50 Fly:
4th Olivia Neuman

Mixed 200m Freestyle relay:
1st place Wylie Finch, Kaleb Deboer, Yeva Pustovit, Hallie Karaboitis

Girls 100IM:
3rd Dalia Politeo
4th Cara MacGregor

Boys 100IM:
1st Eric He

Girls 200m Freestyle relay:
1st and Meet record – Haley, Hallie, Dalia, Sara
2nd Katie, Nicole, Olivia, Yeva

Congratulations to Sara Hughes, Hallie Karabotis, Cara MacGregor and Dalia Politeo for breaking a new record in the girls 4×50 freestyle relay and good luck to all Riverside’s athletes for the provincials.