PICK Sprint 2018: Sykes, Satumba and Bouwman dominate 2018-19 season opener

Pickering Swim Club athletes Leif Bouwman and Benji Sykes were in mid-season form at the season-opening Pickering Sprint meet, landing personal bests across the board to sweep their respective events, while teammate Megan Satumba won all eight of her races, including her inaugural 400m and 800m freestyle swims.

Benji broke a pair of 7-year-old club records on his way to gold in all six of his events in the Boys 12 category. With his 100m freestyle time of 59.53 seconds, Benji shaved 0.30 seconds off the previous PSC best. As if that weren’t enough of an achievement, Benji slashed 0.53 seconds off the club record in the 50m breaststroke, coming in at just 36.15 seconds. Both records had been set by Warren Mayer in 2011. Benji’s other first-place finishes came in the 50m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke, and the 100m breaststroke. All were personal-best swims for Benji, combining for 19.01 seconds off his previous low times.

Meanwhile, Megan (Girls 13) finished in first place in all eight of her events, which included the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, and all five distances from 50m to 800m in the freestyle. Megan’s eight individual gold medals tied her with two other swimmers for the most won by an athlete at the meet.

Leif’s performance was equally impressive. During his six podium-topping swims, the Boys 14 athlete dropped a total of 13.71 seconds from previous personal bests. Tops among them was the 4.99-second drop in his 200m freestyle time (2:11.80), but perhaps more impressing were the cuts to his 100m butterfly (1:03.19, 3.08 seconds off) and 100m freestyle (58.46, 2.97 seconds off).

Another outstanding performances came from Pickering’s Chloe Hachem (Girls 8), who took home 7 gold and 1 silver medal, and Tymera Dunbar (Girls 12), who cut 47.17 seconds from her personal bests while earning 6 first-place and one 3rd-place finish among the eight events that she entered.

Numerous other Pickering athletes earned multiple gold medals, helping the club top the medal rankings among the eight teams entered in the meet. Pickering’s total medal count was 270, comprising 94 gold, 92 silver and 84 bronze.

Pickering swimmers also combined for total time off of 3,442 seconds, which is nearly 1,000 seconds better than their 2017 performance at the same meet. Leading the way were River Saliba (Boys 16, 197.95 seconds off), Nadia Charania (Girls 13, 159.55) and Daniel Nicolescu (Boys 9, 148.69).

Complete results of the 2018 Pickering Sprint meet can be found here. 

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