Liam Williamson of the Kokanee swims in the B.C. Short Course Championships in Chilliwack. Williamson has qualified for the provincial AAA finals in Surrey.

Liam Williamson of the Kokanee swims in the B.C. Short Course Championships in Chilliwack. Williamson has qualified for the provincial AAA finals in Surrey.

Leverson collects bronze in Westerns

Meredith Leverson reached the podium and set a new club record at the 2015 Western Canadian swimming championships in Edmonton.

Morning Star Staff

Meredith Leverson reached the podium and set a new club record at the 2015 Western Canadian swimming championships in Edmonton.

Leverson, 15, of the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club, won bronze in the 100m freestyle with a personal best (PB) time of 59.28 seconds, which is also a new club long course record.

Leverson, one of three Kokanee competing in Edmonton, was sixth in the girls 15 and under 200m freestyle in 2:10.79; 23rd in the 100m backstroke in 1:09.98; 15th in the 800m free in 9:44.85; eighth in the 400m free final with a time of 4:39.54; 19th in the 200m backstroke in 2:29.44; eighth in the 50m free final in 27.80; and ninth in the 200m individual medley final with a PB of 2:30.47.

Kiah Lee, 16, was 11th in the 50m breaststroke final with a PB of 34.86 and making her girls 16-18 age group nationals time standard.

Lee was 22nd in the girls 16 and over 50m butterfly with a PB of 30.27; 19th in the 200m breaststroke in 2:50.80 and 12th in the 100m breaststroke in 1:17.28.

Zac Benn, 14, set a PB in the 100m butterfly with a time of 1:02.32, finishing 34th. He was 29th in the 16 and under boys 200m fly in 2:22.84; and 41st in the 50m fly in 28.73.

Meanwhile, 14 Kokanee swimmers qualified for the 2015 B.C. Short Course AA championships in Chilliwack with teammates Liam Williamson and Adam Bugera qualifying for the AAA short course finals in Surrey.

Williamson was third in the 100m backstroke with a PB of 1:13.90, making his first boys 12-13-year-old AAA time standard. He won silver in the 200m backstroke final with a PB of 2:38.11, making his second AAA time standard. Williamson made his third AAA time standard in the 1,500m freestyle final with a PB of 20:25.05.

Bugera was fourth in the 100m breaststroke final with a PB of 1:15.21, making his second boys 14-15 AAA time standard.

In other results from Chilliwack:  Girls 11 and under:

Nicole Bargaso, seventh in 200m IM final with PB of 3:09.99; eighth in the 200m butterfly final in 3:31.58; fourth in the 400m IM final with a PB of 6:38.74.

Karli Bracken, fourth in the 200m butterfly with a PB of 3:19.73 making her first girls 11 and under AAA time standard; fifth in 400m IM final with a PB of 6:39.81.

Sophie Lepage, eighth in 50m free in 33.38. In the preliminaries, Lepage swam a PB of 32.27 making her first girls AAA time standard; second in the 100m freestyle with a PB of 1:11.13, making her second AAA time standard; second in the 200m free with a PB of 2:35.94, making her third AAA time standard.

Girls 14 and over: Erin Brown, seventh in the 200m IM final in 2:41.18; seventh in the 800m free final with a PB of 9:57.93; third in the 400m IM final with a PB of 5:29.62.

Boys 11 and under: Blake Davidson, fifth in the 200m backstroke final with a PB of 3:01.13, making his first boys 11 and under AAA time standard.

Boys 14 and over: Chase Walthers, fifth in 200m butterfly final with a PB of 2:29.10; sixth in the 100m breaststroke final with a PB of 1:15.87.

From March 5-7, the Kokanee will compete in Surrey against the fastest 15 and under swimmers in B.C. at the short course AAA age group championship, and on March 8 and 9, the Kokanee will take on the fastest 16 and over swimmers in Vancouver at the 2015 Swim B.C. Long Course Senior Open.

The Kokanee hosts its Winter Splash meet Saturday and Sunday at the Vernon Aquatic Centre. This is a development meet for AA swimmers and below.