Luu Leads Bolts at Canadian Eastern Swimming Championships
THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – Four Thunderbolt swimmers, Kaitlyn Luu, Sam Chisholm, Luke Foulds and Matthew Foulds travelled to Montreal April 21st to 24th to compete in the Canadian Eastern Swimming Championships.
732 high level athletes represented by 110 teams from Ontario to Newfoundland competed in these Championships and the four Thunderbolt swimmers were up for the challenge. All four competed hard qualifying for many second swims in the finals. With just four swimmers, the Thunderbolts finished 25th out of 110 clubs, an accomplishment Interim Head Coach Andy Ritchie found extremely encouraging:
“It is thrilling to see our Thunderbolts returning to high level National competitions!” stated Coach Ritchie. “This meet saw us competing with many of the best swimmers in Eastern Canada. Kaitlyn, Sam, Luke and Matthew represented our team with amazing drive, dedication and distinction. Plus, we all had a ton of fun, a component of the sport that should never be overlooked!” added Ritchie.
Kaitlyn Luu led the charge for the Bolts capturing bronze medals in the 400 IM and 200 fly, breaking a 45 year old club record in 100 butterfly and qualifying for three Junior Trials times:
“I am beyond excited with my performance at my first national meet,” stated a very happy Kaitlyn Luu. “I qualified for this meet the year before Covid and had to wait 2 years to get here. To improve on all my times and to get two medals at such a high level meet was amazing!” added Luu.
Also qualifying for Junior Trials and putting in some solid swims grabbing 1st and 2nd in 400 and 200 free B Finals respectively was Sam Chisholm:
“Overall it was a great weekend. I had a fun time with my friends and I loved being back at a big competition,” stated Sam Chisholm. “My favourite part of the meet was achieving a trials qualification time in my 400 IM,“ added Chisholm.
“The results at this prestigious meet clearly demonstrates the talent that exists within the Thunderbolts and the huge potential that exists in the future for our team!” added Coach Ritchie.
Source: Thunderbolts Swim Team