Bryant shatters B.C. breaststroke record

Among four Mission Secondary swimmers who competed at the provincial championships

Mission sent four local swimmers to the BC High School Provincial Swim Championships last month.

Mission sent four local swimmers to the BC High School Provincial Swim Championships last month.

Four Mission Secondary School swimmers competed at the BC High School Provincial Swim Championships held last month in Kamloops.

The swimmers, from Grade 11 and 12, included Justin King, Brooke Kienan, Nolan Paul and Sophie Bryant.

Bryant won a gold medal and broke the provincial record in the girls’ 50-metre breaststroke.

She swam the race in 34.50 seconds, breaking the record by a full second

The high school swim team is relatively new for Mission.

“We started training in September. The season is really short so we trained for about a month before we had regionals,” Bryant said.

She and Paul also help coach the squad, which is made up of swimmers who also have club experience.

Bryant explained that the high school swim season is so short, about a month and a half, that swimmers have to be involved in other swim clubs in order to train properly.

The four swimmers have all trained previously with the Mission Marlins and some worked out with the Spartans in Chilliwack.