Inconnu swimmer nets bronze medal at BC Summer Games

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Twenty one athletes from the North Peace Region are heading back to Fort St. John after an exciting weekend of competition at the BC Summer Games in Abbotsford over the weekend.

The athletes were competing in seven sports at the Games, which began official competition on Friday and wrapped up on Sunday. Though the group’s athletes didn’t manage to nab a gold medal, they did help the Zone 8 Cariboo-North East team to 6th in the medal standings.

Golfers Jesse McArthur and Isaac Wagner from Charlie Lake had a bit of a rough first round at the Ledgeview Golf Club on Friday, shooting a 94 and 92 respectively. McArthur improved on Saturday to shoot 91, while Wagner shot a 94 finish in 33rd and 34th place in the two-day tournament.

At the athletics field, Emma Lang and Chase Hennessey competed in a number of events. Lang placed 13th in the Girls High Jump, 12th in the Long Jump, and managed 21st in the Girls 200m dash. Hennessey ran in both the 100m and 200m races, finishing 18th and 14th in those two events. The pair also ran on their respective Zone 8 4x100m relay teams. The girls relay team edged out the Zone 1 and Zone 7 teams to come 6th, while the boys relay squad finished 7th.

On the soccer pitch, Kenzie Chilcott, Emma Close, Leigh Hedges, Jordynn McPherson, Claire Turner, Quinlan Snider, and Alexander Fowler represented the North Peace on the two Zone 8 squads. After an intense two days of round robin action, both Zone 8 teams ended up placing in 6th.

The Zone 8 box and field lacrosse teams also ended up placing 6th in those two tournaments. Travis Domeij, Max Dobson, and Kyle Robertson helped the box lacrosse team against two incredibly difficult opponents, and the eventual tournament gold and silver medal-winning teams from the Fraser Valley and Thompson Okanagan regions in their Pool. The team lost those two games before bouncing back and beating the Kootenay team in Game 3 by the score of 9-7. The Zone 8 field lacrosse team featuring Fort St. John players Peter McAdie and Cayden Frenett sadly went winless over the weekend.

Daelyn Jeffers was the North Peace Region’s lone representative on the Girls Indoor Volleyball team, helping the Zone 8 team to a 6th place finish on the volleyball courts.

In the pool, Inconnu swimmers Kiara Semeniuk, David Shipalesky, Nicolas Eyles, Cameron Louie and Griffin Ternier-Smith faced some incredibly tough competition in their events. Semeniuk had arguably the toughest schedule of the quintet, swimming in five events over the three days of competition, placed 30th in the 400m Individual Medley, 43rd in the 800m Freestyle, 41st in the 400m Freestyle, and helped the Zone 8 relay teams to 12th and 13th spots in the 4x50m freestyle and medley relays. Shipalesky swam in both the 400m I.M. and the 800m Freestyle, notching impressive 17th and 10th place finishes. Louie placed 12th in the Boys 800m Freestyle, while Eyles placed 21st in the 400m Free. Ternier-Smith ended up as Fort St. John’s most-decorated athlete at the games with a bronze medal finish in the 100m Freestyle. Ternier-Smith also placed 16th in the 400m I.M., and 6th in the 100m freestyle. The four boys also comprised the Zone 8 4x50m Medley Relay team, which finished 9th. Shipalesky, Louie, and Ternier-Smith were joined by Prince George’s Mackenzie Lewington in the 4x50m freestyle relay, and ended up with a 5th place finish.

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