Hyack swimmers set new national records

A Hyack Swim Club foursome just caused a stir on the national swimming scene.

And that’s good.

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The Hyack quartet of Paul Orogo, Hao Sheng (Sunny) Zhang, Justin Jung and Kane Pan peeled off a pair of new national records at the Brad Reid Memorial Invitational in Coquitlam two weeks ago.

The team delivered new marks in the male 12 and under 200-metre medley relay (2:02.05), then did the same in the 400m medley relay (4:25.34).

Both times were also new automatic provincial and club standards. The 200m medley time eclipsed the seven-year-old Hyack club time by more than five seconds, while the team also set a new club time in the 200m free relay, with a time of 1:52.03.

The 400m medley time, meanwhile, was a whopping 17-second improvement over the previous best, set in 2016.

It was part of a strong club performance at the Hyack-hosted event.

Zhang also established a new Hyack mark in the 50m breaststroke, with a time of 33.41, more than one second quicker than the club standard he set earlier in the year.

In the 200m individual medley, Jung finished in a time of 2:20.00, carving more than a second off the Hyack mark established earlier in the year by Peter Huang. Sehajvir Singh, meanwhile, chalked up a 800m free time of 8:15.59, taking nearly two seconds off the old club best.

In the female 13-14 division, Eva Wen’s time of 30.75 seconds in the 50m backstroke proved to be a new Hyack record by two-tenths of a second.

Wen also joined the 14 and under 200m medley relay, along with Michelle Shen, Madisen Jacques and Cassidy Gray, to finish in 2:03.12. The previous mark was more than a second longer, set two years ago.

The quartet also broke the old Hyack mark in the 200m free relay with a time of 1:49.99. The previous mark of 1:50.96 had stood up for 15 years.

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