Vernon head coach Renate Terpstra releases Riley McLean’s hands as he starts the backstroke at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Montreal. (Patrice Lapointe (Swimming Canada)

McLean a triple medalist

Vernon’s Riley McLean won three silver medals at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Montreal.

Vernon’s Riley McLean won three silver medals at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Montreal.

The 17-year-old member of the Okanagan Para Swimming club, struck silver in the 50-metre backstroke with a personal best and new S4 LC Canadian Para Record of 55.80 seconds.

He was runner-up in the 50m breaststroke in 1:24.63 and second in the 150m individual medley with a person best 3:30.54.

McLean also finished fifth in the 200 freestyle with a PB 4:13.09.

McLean (S4 class) and Vernon 15-year-old Jacob Brayshaw (S2 class) were good for a total of 13 Canadian Para Swimming records in the 2016-2017 season.

Any kids aged 9-18 with a physical disability interested in the Okanagan Para Swimming program

are urged to contact the Vernon Recreation Centre or coach Renate Terpstra at (

Earlier this summer, McLean won two gold medals at the Para World Series in Indianapolis.

McLean’s first gold came in the 50-metre backstroke, almost breaking his Canadian record in the S4 class in 56.84 seconds.

His other gold came in the 150-m S4 class with a PB of 3:35.10 seconds.

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