Rogers sets new BC mark in 200m freestyle

Rogers sets new BC mark in 200m freestyle

Lochlan Rogers made a big splash when he set a new 12-under men’s provincial 200-metre freestyle record at the 15th annual Xmas Cracker Invitational swimming meet in Saanich last month.

In earning the gold medal, the 12-year-old member of Qualicum’s Ravensong Breakers Swim Club lowered the previous record to 2:03.74 while beating runner-up Albert Chen of Vancouver Pacific Swim Club by 14 seconds.

Lochlan had an outstanding swim overall as he brought home six gold medals, having won the 50m free, 100m free, 200m free, 100m backstroke, 100m breast stroke and 200m breast stroke. He also bagged a silver in the 1,500 freestyle.

The Ravensong club sent 26 swimmers to the annual event, which featured 600 swimmers from across B.C. and outside the province. Jakob Mbobela also had a good outing for the Breakers, finishing first in the 50m free, and bagging bronze in the 100m free and and 200m back.

Both Rogers and Mbobela received the Ravensong swim club’s Golden Kickboard Award for swimming personal best times in all seven of their individual events, as well as for overall attitude, team spirit and preparation for each swim over the course of the three-day swim meet.

— NEWS Staff