Emily Neill (back right) and her synchronized swimming team won gold at the BC Summer Games. Neill and fellow Chilliwack Orca Olivia Strickland both earned medals on the weekend.

Medal mania for BC Summer Games athletes

Chilliwack athletes brought home the hardware from the 2012 BC Summer Games in Surrey.

A pair of local synchronized swimmers led the Chilliwack medal parade at the BC Summer Games.

Emily Neill picked up a gold medal in the tier 4-5 team event. Competing for a different team in the same event, Olivia Strickland placed third.

Strickland, profiled in last Thursday’s Progress sports section, also won silver in the tier 2-3 trio event, teaming with Surrey’s Maria Goncharova and Rose MacKenzie.

Isabel Taylor produced more gold on the water, finishing first in the girls slalom K1 kayak open.

She teamed with Meghan Cheung (Langley), Willow Kehler (Mission) and Julianna Won (Maple Ridge) to take bronze in the girls C-4 (canoe) open event.

Rhys Taylor paddled to bronze in the boys slalom K1 kayak open, with Finley Capstick finishing fifth in the same event.

Rhys teamed with Maple Ridge native Matthew Koehler to take gold in the boys K-2 500m Train to Train event, and the duo placed fourth in the boys C-2 500m open.

Taylor paddled with Tyler Demidoff, Jeffrey Jiang and Haydn Sugden-Harvey (all from Maple Ridge) in the boys C-4 open event, finishing fourth.

Tasha Willing won gold in shot-put with a throw of 11.55 metres, and placed third in discus with a mighty toss of 32.22 metres.

Second place showings in the 1000m run, high jump and long jump had Ryan Higuchi in great shape in the boys pentathlon.

A fifth place finish in shot-put knocked him back a bit, but Higuchi still made the podium with 2410 points, good for bronze.

Connor McLellan and Steven Scurr teed off at Hazelmere in the boys golf event. McLellan shot a 146 to finish second overall.

Scurr’s 151 placed him eighth, and their combined efforts helped the Zone 3 team score silver.

Swimmer Ryan Kuester produced a bronze medal in the male 100m freestyle, clocking a time of 1:15.27.

He added a second bronze in the 100m individual medley with a time of 1:34.67 and finished fifth in the 50m backstroke with a time of 44.97 seconds.

Matthew Benjamin finished eighth in the 50m backstroke (54.58s) and ninth in the 100m freestyle (1:40.26).

Kaitie Feland helped her Fraser Valley 3A girls rugby team to a second place finish, losing 29-5 in the gold medal game.

Mark Harrison’s Fraser Valley 3 boys volleyball team placed second.

Six Chilliwack boys — Tony Pharand, Devyn Heggs, Parker Logan, Donovan Moorman, Colin Kellington and Josh Anderson — earned silver medals as part of the Fraser Valley 3 boys baseball team.

Get full results online at  bcgames.net/results/results_sw.aspx

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