High school swim team coach Dustin Hersee gives some swimmers the benefit of his great experience. That experience includes swimming backstroke at the Olympics. Tom Best photo

Swimming against the province’s best

Konrad Thummerer and Luke Knight at top competition for BC high schools with coach Dustin Hersee.

It wasn’t a huge group that went to the BC High School Swimming Championships, but they gained invaluable experience and know what to expect the next time they attend.

Konrad Thummerer and Luke Knight both bit the bullet and attended the top competition for high schools in the province in Richmond along with coach Dustin Hersee.

While they did not advance to final swims, they were both satisfied with their performance at the competition.

This is the first year that the North West Region has had a school swim team program and, as a result, the preparations for the meet left some potential swimmers behind. With a program on the books for next season, some swimmers have already put the meet on their schedules.

Many swimmers also train and compete with club teams and as a result there was a conflict in meet dates for some.

Hersee was satisfied with the progress that the program was able to make this season and is looking forward to more swimmers who will want to attend the provincial meet next year. There has also been some interest in other northwest zone schools starting swim teams.

Bulkley Valley Otters coach Tom Best was supportive of the program. “It’s great to have someone the caliber and experience of Dustin come in and get this program going. We have a great aquatics tradition here and he’s going to enhance it a great deal,” he said.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Disrespectful that Horgan won’t meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

Na’moks said he was frustrated Horgan didn’t meet with the chiefs

BC Green Party leader visits Wet’suwet’en camps at heart of pipeline conflict

Adam Olsen calls for better relationship between Canada and First Nations

Calls for dialogue as Coastal GasLink pipeline polarizes some in northern B.C.

Coastal GasLink is building the 670-kilometre pipeline from British Columbia’s northeast to Kitimat on the coast

Smithers only taxi company closing down

BV Taxi parking its cars at the end of January

Coastal GasLink repeats desire for meeting with hereditary chiefs

Coastal GasLink says they’re ready to meet with the hereditary chiefs at their convenience

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

‘It was just so fast’: B.C. teen recalls 150-metre fall down Oregon mountain

Surrey’s Gurbaz Singh broke his leg on Mount Hood on Dec. 30

Poll suggests some don’t think Canada should send troops to stop genocide

The findings are being released just before the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

B.C. woman crowned the fastest female marathon runner in Canadian history

Malindi Elmore ran an incredible 2:24:50 at the Houston Marathon

Alberta bulldog breeder ordered to give refund to B.C. buyer due to puppy’s behaviour

Tribunal ruled a verbal agreement to send a new dog superseded the written contract

UPDATED: Man dies in backcountry near Nelson’s Whitewater Ski Resort

The victim was found unresponsive in a tree well Friday

Cariboo Memorial Hospital on the mend after cold weather wreaks havoc

Burst pipes and water leaks cause three different incidents

Dog reunited with Tofino owner, months after being taken from beach

Shannon Boothman ‘ecstatic’ at pet’s return after a tip leads to social media search

Most Read