Youbou’s Mikyla Carlow and teammate Genevieve Verge from Sechelt hold up the B.C. flag after receiving their bronze and silver medals in the 100m freestyle at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg on Tuesday. (Kevin Bogetti Smith/Team BC)

Youbou’s Mikyla Carlow and teammate Genevieve Verge from Sechelt hold up the B.C. flag after receiving their bronze and silver medals in the 100m freestyle at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg on Tuesday. (Kevin Bogetti Smith/Team BC)

Swimmer adds bronze to B.C.’s medal count

Youbou’s Mikyla Carlow joins Cowichan medallists

Youbou’s Mikyla Carlow swam to silver and bronze medals at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg last week.

Carlow took bronze in the Special Olympics female 100m freestyle final on Aug. 8 with a time of 1:28.59. She had posted the second-fastest time in her heat that morning and fifth-fastest qualifying time overall to make the final eight.

Three days later, she won silver in the 50m freestyle, finishing second in her heat that morning, and again finishing second in the evening final.

Carlow also made the final of the 50m breaststroke, placing fifth after posting the seventh-fastest qualifying time. She competed in the 100m backstroke the following day, placing third in her morning heat, then fifth in the final.

On Thursday, Aug. 10, Carlow competed in the 50m backstroke, with heats in the morning and finals in the evening. She placed sixth overall.

The head coach of B.C.’s swim team was Lake Cowichan product Leanne Sirup, who now coaches the Duncan Stingrays swim team.

Carlow’s medals were among nine won for Team BC by athletes from the Cowichan Valley. Cowichan Bay triathlete Desirae Ridenour won gold in all three of her events last week, and Duncan rower Alex Ridenour, collected gold and silver medals.

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Mill Bay golfer Tristan Mandur took bronze in the individual men’s competition and silver in the team competition.

B.C. finished with a grand total of 146 medals from the two-week competition, the highest total for the province in the history of the Canada Summer Games, and the second-highest total of any province this year, trailing only Ontario.

“Our Team BC athletes not only impressed on the field of play with a record-setting medal count, they were also true ambassadors and representatives of British Columbia,” Team BC chef de mission Rob Needham said.