The BV Otters were in Prince George last weekend for their first road competition of the spring.

The BV Otters were in Prince George last weekend for their first road competition of the spring.

Otters swim in Prince George

Local club wins big at northern event; will head to Kitimat next

The Bulkley Valley Otters travelled to their first big meet of the spring this past weekend in Prince George, coming away with more than a dozen podium finishes.

“We had a great meet,” head coach Tom Best said.

“It was great to see our young boys up there against the older Prince George men who were national level swimmers. They did a great job and showed what we can do up here in the smaller clubs.”

Thirteen kids from the Bulkley Valley made the trip to compete against more than 300 swimmers from around the north.

Brothers Tanner and Bailey Espersen stole the show, placing in the top-eight of the individual medley and qualifying for the final Dash for Cash event.

“Those kids came up with some really big swims,”Best said.

“They were going up against kids whose programs focus on longer distances, and they did really well.”

Other top results included Luke Berarducci, who finished first in the 50 metre breaststroke, River Stokes-DeYoung, who placed second in the 50 metre fly and Gabrielle Correia, who finished second in both the 50 metre freestyle and the 100 metre backstroke.

The swimmers also set numerous club records over the weekend.

Up next, the club will head to Kitimat in mid-May for a zone competition.