Cheng leads charge for Whalers at provincials

The Abbotsford Whalers turned in a series of sparkling results at the B.C. Summer Swim Championships in Nanaimo last week.

The Abbotsford Whalers turned in a series of sparkling results at the B.C. Summer Swim Championships in Nanaimo last week.

Iris Cheng was the local club’s top performer, winning four individual medals in Division 8 – gold in the 50-metre free, 50m fly and 100m fly, and silver in the 100m free. She also set two new provincial championship records (50 free and 50 fly).

The Berard sisters, Nadia and Laura, also won multiple gold medals. Nadia took first place in the Div. 7 100m free and 100m breast, while Laura claimed gold in the Div. 4 100m back and 50m fly, and silver in the 200m IM.

Other swimming medalists from the local club included Alycia Connorton (Div. 8 girls, silver in 200m IM, bronze in 100m breast), Emily Aikema (Div. 5 girls, bronze in 200m IM and 100m fly), Kyle Becker (Div. 7 boys, bronze in 100m breast), Paige Bennett (Div. 4 girls, bronze in 100m back), Karl Halquist (O Cat 2 boys, bronze in 200m IM) and Lauren Jones (Div. 7 girls, bronze in 100m breast).

The Whalers’ U14 and U16 water polo teams both brought home silver medals, falling in their respective finals to the Burnaby Barracudas.

All told, the Abbotsford club finished fourth out of 62 teams at provincials, amassing 1,496 combined points.