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O'Dwyer, Chisholm win gold at swimming provincials

The DCSS swim team returns with three gold medals from 2021-22 BC Aquatic Provincial Championships

The DCSS swim team returned from the 2021-22 BC Aquatic Provincial Championships on Sunday with three gold medals. Ty O'Dwyer is the provincial champion in the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly, while Ridley Chisholm is the provincial champ in the 50m breaststroke. 

The provincials took place in Richmond, November 19 to 20, with O'Dwyer, Chisholm and Amelia McDonald swimming in the B category -- which consists of summer swimmers. Thanks to their efforts, DCSS ranked 10th out of 68 schools. 

Both O'Dwyer and Chisholm entered the meet ranked first in their gold-medal events, and didn't let the pressure get to them. 

"They were ranked high going in, they didn't crack under pressure, swam very close races, and came out on top," said Dawson Creek Seals President Trevor O'Dwyer. The Seals work together with DCSS on the school swimming program.

Chisholm also finished fourth in the 100m freestyle and seventh in the 100m IM, while O'Dwyer placed ninth in the 50m backstroke. McDonald was 22nd in the 50m freestyle and 22nd in the 50m butterfly. 

DCSS swimmers didn't go to provincial last year, but went the two years prior. All three swimmers were competing in an open age group against swimmers from Grade 9 to 12. For McDonald and O'Dwyer, in Grade 9 and 10 respectively, they were competing against swimmers much older, while Chisolm, in Grade 12, won gold in his senior year. 

Swimmers from Okanagan schools didn't make the trip to Richmond, due to the roads in and around the Richmond area, according to Trevor. BC School Sports was determined to continue with the meet for the sake of the swimmers, Trevor said, and the Dawson Creek swimmers and their parents flew down so that they could still attend the provincial championships.