Peterson powers Clan to Idaho swim win

Chilliwack Spartan Swim Club grad Colton Peterson has dived into the NCAA ranks and is fitting in fine.

A Simon Fraser University freshmen class led by a Chilliwack native continues to fuel the men’s team, leading the Clan to a dominant victory in a dual meet Friday against Whitman College in Moscow Idaho.

The men’s team is undefeated after two dual meets to start the season.

The Simon Fraser men took all nine individual races and both relays against Whitman to win 151-53. Freshmen took first place in six of those races and played key roles in both relay victories.

Chilliwack Spartan grad Colton Peterson and James Cormier each won twice while sophomore Adrian VanderHelm also won two races.

Peterson was an easy winner in the 200-yard individual medley (1:53.40) but was pressed by teammate Justin Kiedrzyn in the 100 free (46.72 to 47.18). Cormier won easily in the 1000 free and edged teammate Keenan Elliott 2:11.14 to 2:12.99 in the 200 breaststroke.

VanderHelm, the Clan’s first-ever male competitor in the NCAA championships last year, picked up wins in the 200 freestyle and the 500 free.

The Clan’s other individual winners were freshman Nicholas Lau in the 50 free, freshman Mackenzie Hamel in the 200 butterfly (1:56.28) and Gabriel Lee in the 200 backstroke (1:50.77). The Clan also won the 400 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay.

The Clan returns to competition Saturday against Whitworth University in Spokane.