The Orcas closed out a successful season at the 2017 ASSA Provincials in Edmonton. After a second-straight undefeated season in Region F competition (region F in-season winning streak = 19 meets) the Orcas looked to put up fast swims this Championship Season. Regionals was very strong, as the Orcas captured their 13th straight Regional banner. At Provincials, the Orcas age group team had their best result since 2014, finishing 4th, while the Master’s team finished 1st, ending a 4-year 2nd place curse.
The Lethbridge Orcas 2017 Provincial Team (including the Age Group and Master’s Teams) Photo Credit: Derek Chomia
To qualify to swim at the Provincial Championships, you must finish top 2 in each event at Regionals, or earn a Wild-Card qualification for having one of the next four fastest times in the province. In total, the Orcas sent 52 swimmers to compete in Edmonton. In total, 50 medals were earned by Orcas swimmers. Provincial medal winners in individual events were:
Lily Petry (left) earned 4 medals, including gold in the mixed 10&U medley relay while Sean Vanderzee (right) won 3 medals, including gold in the boy’s 11-12 50 backstroke. Photo credit: Steve Kwan
G17&U Medley Relay: Madeline Vanden Elzen, Olivia Bos, Kira Armstrong, Ali Fournier
B12&U Medley Relay: Sean Vanderzee, Eric Wen, Ben Adserballe, John Vanden Elzen
B14&U Medley Relay: Cole Wirun, Devlan Sheppard, Tyson Chomiak, Tristen Harvey
G8&U Medley Relay: Taylor Ginther, Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, Andie Smith, Lola Caputo
G8&U Free Relay: Taylor Ginther, Lola Caputo, Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, Andie Smith
G17&U Free Relay: Morgan Bos, Madeline Vanden Elzen, Charlotte Vanden Elzen, Kira Armstrong
GOpen Medley Relay: Keeley Watt, Shannon Healy, Rachel Tkach, Nicole Suarez
GOpen Free Relay: Keeley Watt, Shannon Healy, Rachel Tkach, Olivia Bos
B14&U Free Relay: Tyson Chomiak, Devlan Sheppard, Tristen Harvey, Cole Wirun
BOpen Medley Relay: Josh Adams, Aidan Godwin, Owen Guyn, James Kwan
BOpen Free Relay: James Kwan, Aidan Godwin, Josh Adams, Owen Guyn
X10&U Medley Relay: Jake Odorski, Ottavio Lutterotti, Lily Petry, Hannah Lundquist
X17&U Medley Relay: David Kindley, Jens Watt, Morgan Bos, Charlotte Vanden Elzen
Lola Caputo (left) prepares to bring home the G8&U medley relay to a gold medal. Owen Guyn (right) launches off the blocks for the final leg of the Provincial Record breaking BOpen free relay. Photo Credits: Steve Kwan
In addition to the 50 medals, Orcas swimmers were also able to attain 6 Provincial Records over the course of Regionals and Provincials. An extraordinary feat, given that some event records date back to 1974. Provincial records were set in the following events:
Charlotte Vanden Elzen (left) crushes the final leg of the mixed 17&U medley relay to help shatter the provincial record. Josh Adams (right) explodes off the starting block to lead off the boy’s open medley relay provincial record. Photo Credits: Steve Kwan
Lethbridge Orcas Championship Season Top Performance Awards are awarded to the top female and male swimmer in each age group. The individual in each of these categories who earned the greatest amount of points in their individual events at provincials receive this award (36 pts = max possible points). In the case of a tie or an age group that did not have a swimmer score points at Provincials, this award is given to the top scorer from Region F Regionals. The top performance awards of 2017 were won by:
6&U: Colby Pilsner-Roberts (Regionals: 29 pts)
7-8: Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (Provincials: 27 pts)
9-10: Lily Petry (Provincials: 21 pts)
11-12: Kennedy Smith (Regionals: 17 pts)
13-14: Olivia Bos (Provincials: 13 pts)
15-17: Kira Armstrong (Provincials: 25 pts)
18+: Keeley Watt (Provincials: 29 pts)
6&U: Bentley Togo (Regionals: 36 pts)
7-8: Jack Schneyder (Regionals: 2 pts)
9-10: Ottavio Lutterotti (Provincials: 11.5 pts)
11-12: Sean Vanderzee (Provincials: 22 pts)
13-14: Tyson Chomiak (Provincials: 36 pts)
15-17: Jens Watt (Provincials: 8.5 pts)
18+: Owen Guyn (Provincials: 29 pts)
Jens Watt (left) earned top performance for the boy’s 15-17 category, while Tyson Chomiak (right) won top performance for boy’s 13-14 category. Photo Credit: Shannon Bos
The Wednesday before Provincials, the rest of the Club awards were presented. Awards were given for club MVP, Mini Orca of the Year, Master Orca of the Year, Most Improved, Coach’s Award, and In-Season Top Performance Award. The winners of those awards were:
Female MVP: Kira Armstrong
Male MVP: Ethan Boras
In-Season Top Performance
Female: Elliott Pilsner-Roberts
Male: Tyson Chomiak
Master’s Swimmer of the Year: Keith Lundquist
Mini Orca Swimmer of the Year: Parnelle Jonker
Tier I Female: Morgan Bos
Tier I Male: David Kindley
Gold Female: Lily Petry
Gold Male: John Vanden Elzen
Silver Female: Elliott Pilsner-Roberts
Silver Male: Harrison Isfeld
Bronze Female: Emi Polec
Bronze Male: Justin Larue
Bronze Whales: Abigail Clamp
Killer Whales: Nicolas Helwig
Tier I Female: Nicole Suarez
Tier I Male: Devlan Sheppard
Gold: Kennedy Smith
Silver: Austin Kremenik
Bronze: Nicole Burgess
Bronze Whales: Zada McLean-Borggard
Killer Whales: Jack Schneyder
Kira Armstrong (left) had an MVP-esque performance in the 400 Fr at Provincials, making up a 4-second deficit in the final 100m to narrowly claim gold. Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (left) has accumulated a mountain of medals and awards this year winning 8 aggregate medals, 6 Regionals medals, 5 Provincial medals, and 3 awards. Photo credit: Shannon Bo
The 2018 Orcas season will start May 1st. Registration will be announced later this year and will take place in early April. Returning and new swimmers welcome as the Orcas will aim for their third straight undefeated season in Region F meets and try to match or better their 2017 Provincials performance.
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Derek Chomiak Photo Link
*Photo Links are at the end of this article*
The Lethbridge Orcas dominated Region F in the final in-region meet of the year at the Region F Championships. The Orcas came into the meet, fresh off completing their second straight undefeated regular season. Over 90 Orcas competed, leading to a victory of close to double the amount of points to the next best team.
The Lethbridge Orcas (left) won their 13th straight Region F Championship. Sweeps, such as the 1-2-3 sweep in the boy’s 11-12 200 Fr (right) with Sean Vanderzee (1st), Ben Adserballe (2nd), and John Vanden Elzen (3rd) helped this happen!
There were 359 best times by Orcas swimmers in individual events at Regionals. That equates to an average of 3.98 best times per swimmer, an incredibly high amount! 44 Orcas (nearly half of Orcas that competed) were able to swim best times in all of their individual events. Orcas who were able to do so were: Josh Adams (18+), Ben Adserballe (12), Jacob Adserballe (18+), Ethan Boras (16), Morgan Bos (15), Olivia Bos (13), Elyse Burgess (8), Ava Caputo (11), Tyson Chomiak (14), Abigail Clamp (9), Samantha Clamp (7), Alex Ginther (5), Taylor Ginther (7), Brooklyn Kimmen (10), David Kindley (15), Jocelyn Kozub (5), Hannah Lundquist (10), Payton Lundquist (10), Kate Machacek (5), Zada McLean-Borggard (6), Addy Miller (8), Nate Miller (12), Bentley Mundell (6), Myla Mundell (4), Jaxon Nault (11), Calla Nunweiler (5), Luca Nunweiler (7), Jake Odorski (10), Kierra Petrone (11), Isabelle Petry (13), Lily Petry (10), Colby Pilsner-Roberts (6), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8), Russell Pinder (5), Jack Schneyder (8), Pete Schneyder (6), Devlan Sheppard (13), Andie Smith (7), Hugh Swain (6), John Vanden Elzen (12), Paul Vanden Elzen (11), Sean Vanderzee (12), Alexa Weighill (9), and Tracy Wen (10).
Coach Steve and Sami Clamp (left) go through a race plan during warm-up. She ended up qualifying for Provincials in 5/6 of her events. Sean Vanderzee (right) qualified in 6/6 of his events, breaking two club records in the 50/100 backstroke, one of which had been standing since 1986
With all of Region F competing at a very high level, many Orcas swimmers found themselves battling for Provincial qualifying positions (top 2 in each event). In the end, 52 Orcas swimmers were able to qualify for Provincials either individually or on a relay team. Of those 52 swimmers, 25 swimmers were able to qualify themselves in 100% of there races. To add, all 24 relay teams that the Orcas had entered to qualify for Provincials did! Orcas swimmers earning an honourable mention, by winning gold in all of their individual events at Regionals, were: Kira Armstrong (16), Tyson Chomiak (14), Ottavio Lutterotti (9), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8), Bentley Togo (6), and Keeley Watt (19).
Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (left) and Kira Armstrong (right) both won six gold medals this weekend. In addition, Elliott broke 2 club records, one of which had been standing since 1990
This years Regionals also marked the breaking of 24 individual club records and 9 relay club records. In addition to these club records, 8 individual Region F records and 2 Region F relay records were broken by Orcas swimmers. Out of those Region F records, 2 individual Provincial Records were broken. The Orcas swimmer who broke two Provincial records this weekend was:
Tyson Chomiak had one of the most dominant meets in ASSA history, shattering provincial records in the 50 Bk and 50 Fr about an hour apart on Sunday after setting new Region F records in the 100 Fr and 100 IM about 20 minutes apart on Saturday
Flashback a couple months, we were talking about Alberta Championship Time Standards and the hope for Orcas to achieve these times before a specific date. Basically, summer swimmers had about 1.5 months of training to try to achieve a time standard that winter swimmers get 10 months to train for. At the time of the deadline, 1 Orcas swimmer (Jens Watt (15) – 50 Breast) had achieved the time standard. After 3.5 months of training, still significantly less than winter club, 2 more Orcas achieved these times, with 4 more Orcas falling just short. The Orcas to achieve their Provincial Time Standards and the event(s) they did it in were:
Jens Watt (left) was the lone Orca to get a Provincial Championships time standard by the deadline in the 50 Br. At Regionals, he was also able to swim the time standard in the 100 Br. Taylor Ginther (left) will make her first trip to Provincials this year after breaking the girl’s 7-8 50 backstroke club record.
Orcas who swam within 1% of the time standard and the event(s) they did it in were:
Morgan Bos (left) swam the 10th fastest girls 15-17 50 FL in ASSA history to win gold with a really fast time at Regionals. Jake Odorski (right) solidified himself as one of the clubs top young guns, breaking the club record in the boy’s 9-10 25 Bk.
When extending the standard another 3%, multiple more Orcas would be mentioned. These performances are a testament to the commitment and hard work of the Orcas, reaching very fast times in a relatively small training cycle.
The Orcas now shift their attention towards Provincial Championships in Edmonton August 18-20. The team looks in solid positions in both age group and master’s categories. They are ranked 4th in age group and 1st in masters. Strong performances this weekend will hopefully help the Orcas maintain or improve on these rankings!
Steve Kwan Photos (Sat, Sun Finals)
Shannon Bos Photos (Sat, Sun Prelims and Finals)
Derek Chomiak Photos (Fri, Sat, Sun Prelims)
Photo Links are at the end of this article.
The Lethbridge Orcas Started off their outdoor season with two emphatic victories. Firstly, the Orcas travelled to Crowsnest Pass for the CNP Invitational Meet July 14-15. The following weekend, the Orcas competed at the Fort MacLeod swim meet. Dominant performances by Orcas’ athletes led to both gross and net victories at both meets. The Orcas winning streak is now at 18 consecutive gross titles at Region F, in-season meets.
In Crowsnest Pass, the Orcas were able to capture 19 aggregate medals. Bronze medal winners were: Zada McLean-Borggard (6), Kai Polec (10), Madeline Vanden Elzen (15), and Aaron Gamble (Masters). Silver medal winners were: Colby Pilsner-Roberts (6), Lily Petry (10), Sean Vanderzee (12), Olivia Bos (13), Charlotte Vanden Elzen (14), Devlan Sheppard (13), Morgan Bos (15), Keeley Watt (Masters), and Josh Adams (Masters). Gold medal winners for the meet were: Bentley Togo (6), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8), Ottavio Lutterotti (9), Tyson Chomiak (14), Kira Armstrong (15), Carrie Ross (Masters), and James Kwan (Masters).
Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (left) shattered the previous girl’s 7-8 50 breast record on route to winning her 6th straight gold aggregate at the CNP meet. Kai Polec (right) earned aggregate medals (bronze and silver) at both meets
The following weekend in Fort MacLeod, the Orcas were able to up their medal count to 25 medals. Fort MacLeod bronze medalists were: Chloe Brooks (6), Andie Smith (7), Tristen Harvey (13), Madeline Vanden Elzen (15), David Kindley (15), Caileigh Sheppard (Masters), and Josh Adams (Masters). The silver medal winners were: Bentley Togo (6), Kai Polec (10), Eric Wen (12), Charlotte Vanden Elzen (14) and Kira Armstrong (15). The gold medal winners were: Zada McLean-Borggard (6), Colby Pilsner-Roberts (6), Nicolas Helwig (6), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8), Lily Petry (10), Jack Petry (10), Ottavio Lutterotti (10), Sean Vanderzee (12), Olivia Bos (14), Tyson Chomiak (14), Rachel Tkach (Masters), Owen Guyn (Masters), and Aidan Godwin (Masters).
Zada McLean-Borggard (left) won bronze and gold medals at the last two meets. Eric Wen (right) won silver at Fort MacLeod while swimming best times in 100% of his races
The number of Orcas swimmers having perfect seasons decreased from four to two these past two weekends. Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8) and Tyson Chomiak (14) have both won gold aggregate at every meet this season. These two swimmers will look to end their regular season “perfect” in Nanton on August 28-29, aiming for one last gold each!
91 best times were swum at the CNP meet by Orcas swimmers. Swimmers able to achieve best times in 100% of their individual races were: Ben Adserballe (12), Hannah Lundquist (10), Zada McLean Borggard (6), Addy Miller (8), and Bentley Mundell (6).
The following weekend in Fort MacLeod, Orcas swimmers combined for 98 best times. Those able to get all best times were: Tristen Harvey (13), Nicolas Helwig (6), Kate Machacek (5), Kennedy Smith (11), and Eric Wen (12).
Kate Machacek (left) was one of a few Orcas swimmers to swim best times in 100% of their individual races. Ali Fournier (right) had a strong meet notching 3 season’s best times in Fort MacLeod
9 club records have been broken so far this season (4 of them by the same person – Bentley Togo (6)). Below is a full list of club records that have been broken this year:
Bentley Togo (left) has broken 4 club records this season, and is within reach of another couple. Will he break any more before the summer ends? Aidan Godwin (right) has already broken the Master’s 100 IM club record, but is within a couple of tenths of the 50 and 100 breaststroke records as well
Orcas swimmers will look to break several more records when we get to the Championship Season (Regionals and Provincials).
The final meet of the regular season will be in Nanton on July 28-29, where the Orcas will look to add to their 18-meet winning streak, and cap off their second straight undefeated season.
Thank you Shannon Bos for the amazing photos! (PHOTOS LINK)
A relatively small group of 33 Orcas found huge success in Brooks over the weekend for the Southern Alberta Summer Games. 91% of Orcas swimmers were able to capture at least 1 medal in the prelim/final formatted meet, as the Orcas earned 77 individual medals and 10 relay medals.
Up and comer Kallen Weighill (left) contributed 3 of the Orcas 77 individual medals, while the club’s oldest male age group swimmer Ethan Boras (right) added 4 of his own to the collection
Of the 77 individual medal winners, 11 swimmers were able to capture 4 individual medals, competing in 4 individual events. Of those 11 swimmers, 4 were able to win gold in all four of their races. The 4 swimmers who won gold in all 4 of their events were: Tyson Chomiak, James Kwan, Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, and Bentley Togo. The other 7 swimmers who took home hardware in all of their races were: Kira Armstrong, Ethan Boras, Ottavio Lutterotti, Devlan Sheppard, Charlotte Vanden Elzen, Madeline Vanden Elzen, and Keeley Watt.
Olivia Bos (left) won gold in the girl’s 50 and 100 breaststroke. She is currently undefeated in breaststroke races this season. Kira Armstrong, Morgan Bos, Charlotte Vanden Elzen, and John Vanden Elzen (right) hang on the wall during warm up. The four of them combined for 14 of the Orcas individual medals this weekend
66 individual best times were swum by Orca swimmers this weekend. Leading the charge by achieving best times in 100% of their events were: Shannon Bos, Tyson Chomiak, and Sean Vanderzee. This should not overshadow the fact that 28/33 Orcas swimmers were also able to obtain at least 1 best time in an individual race!
Tyson Chomiak (left) got best times in all 4 of his individual events this weekend (50 Fr, 100 Fr, 200 Fr, 50 Bk). He is currently ranked 1st provincially in all four of those events. Devlan Sheppard (right) dropped massive time in his 400 Fr to move him to 4th in the province in the event
With exactly 6 weeks from the day the Brooks meet ended to the day Provincials will begin, the Orcas seem to be in a strong position Provincially. In the age-group (17 and under) scoring race, the Orcas currently sit in 4th. In the Masters division, the Orcas are currently the leading team. Bellow or the top 5 age group and master’s team rankings so far this season:
As Summer Games did not have a gross points title, the Orcas will look to continue their 16-meet winning streak in Crowsnest Pass on July 14-15.
Togo, Pilsner-Roberts, Petry, and Chomiak Dominate Once More to Help Increase Orcas Winning Streak to 16
Shannon Bos and Derek Chomiak took photos this weekend! Thanks to both! (All photos used in this article are from Shannon Bos
The Lethbridge Orcas returned to the pool on June 24 in Pincher Creek. Outnumbered by the host team the Pincher Creek Dolphins, the Orcas knew they would need to bring their “A” games to continue their winning streak. In the end, the Orcas won 20 of 39 possible aggregate medals to capture both the Gross and Net titles at the meet.
4 of the medal winners were the ever so consistent: Bentley Togo (6), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8), Lily Petry (10), and Tyson Chomiak (14), who have all won gold aggregate medals at every meet so far this season in their age groups. Bellow is the full list of medal winners from the meet:
Colby Pilsner-Roberts – Girls’ 6 and Under – Silver
Bentley Togo – Boys’ 6 and Under – Gold
Lola Caputo – Girls’ 7-8 – Bronze
Elliott Pilsner-Roberts – Girls’ 7-8 – Gold
Lily Petry – Girl’s 9-10 – Gold
Ottavio Lutterotti – Boys’ 9-10 – Gold
Hunter Lutterotti – Boys’ 11-12 – Bronze
Sean Vanderzee – Boys’ 11-12 – Silver
Charlotte Vanden Elzen – Girls’ 13-14 – Bronze
Olivia Bos – Girls’ 13-14 – Silver
Tyson Chomiak – Boys’ 13-14 – Gold
Ali Fournier – Girls’ 15-17 – Bronze
Kira Armstrong – Girls’ 15-17 – Gold
David Kindley – Boys’ 15-17 – Bronze
Jens Watt – Boys’ 15-17 – Silver
Chelsea Collett – Women’s Open – Bronze
Carrie Ross – Women’s Open – Silver
Keeley Watt – Women’s Open – Gold
Josh Adams – Men’s Open – Silver
James Kwan – Men’s Open – Gold
Bentley Togo (left) has been dominating the boys’ 6 and under category this season, winning the gold at every meet so far. Ben Adserballe (right) had three top 2 two finishes this weekend, including winning the Boys 11-12 200 free, to fall one point short of an aggregate medal
The Orcas swam 66 best times on the weekend, averaging over 1 best time per Orca who attended the meet. Orcas who were able to swim best times in all of their individual events were Bentley Mundell (6) and Eric Wen (12).
Another statistic that the Orcas coaching staff keeps an eye on are total season points. In the table bellow, we show the top 10 male and female total Orca point scorers this season in the 17 and under categories. Those who score the most total points both attend many meets as well as rank highly in those meets. (Note: The male and female swimmer at the end of the in-season meets with the most points receives the ‘In-Season Top Performance Award’ at the year end awards banquet):
Madeline Vanden Elzen (left) won the In-Season Top Performance award last season. She is currently 5th this year. Elliott Pilsner-Roberts and Samantha Clamp (right) prepare before winning the Girls 8 and Under 4X25 Free Relay
Their will be no meet action Canada Day weekend. The Orcas will return to competition July 7 and 8 in Brooks for the Southern Alberta Summer Games.
Thank you Shannon Bos for the pictures: LINK
The Lethbridge Orcas hosted their home meet at the Max Bell Pool on June 17th. 107 Orcas swimmers suited up for the meet, which would end up extending the Orcas Region F meet winning streak to 15 meets!
The Orcas captured their 15th straight Region F meet win on the weekend. They have not lost a meet since June 2014.
Although the Orcas only made up roughly a third of the field this weekend (300 total swimmers competed in Lethbridge), half of the aggregate medals were won by Orcas swimmers (21 medals out of a possible 42). In the 6 and under age group, 3 Orcas swept the medals on the girls’ side. Zada McLean-Borggard, Riley Ginther, and Colby Pilsner-Roberts went 3,2, and 1, respectively. In the 6 and under boys’ side, Bentley Togo won the gold aggregate for the third time in as many meets this season. In the 7-8 age group Taylor Ginther won bronze with Elliott Pilsner-Roberts winning gold. Strong showings in the 9-10 category saw Lily Petry winning gold on the girl’s side, while Ottavio Lutterotti and Jake Odorski went 1-2 on the boys’ side. A tight 11-12 boys’ category saw Sean Vanderzee winning a bronze aggregate. In the 13-14 age group, Charlotte Vanden Elzen finished up in third in the girl’s competition, while Tyson Chomiak won yet another gold aggregate on the boys’ side. Three aggregate medals were won in the 15-17 age group as Kira Armstrong and Morgan Bos tied for bronze on the girls’ side, while David Kindley was able to capture bronze on the boys’ side. Lastly, the Orcas were able to sweep the medals in both Masters’ genders as Kaitlin Smith, Keeley Watt, and Rachel Tkach went 1-2-3 on the women’s’ side while Josh Adams, Aidan Godwin, and Owen Guyn did the same on the men’s side.
Zada McLean-Borggard (left photo) swims the 25 breaststroke as she swam her way to a bronze aggregate medal. Nicole Suarez (right photo, white cap) stretches before her first attempt at the 100 backstroke while Kaitlin Smith (right photo, black cap) gets in the zone before one her races, leading to her gold medal in the women’s master’s division
As mentioned after the last meet: Bentley Togo, Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, Lily Petry, and Tyson Chomiak had been undefeated in winning the gold medal at every meet this season. After strong performances by the four of them this weekend, all four still remain perfect in their 100% gold medal rate.
As it was Lethbridge’s home meet, a number of Orcas of all ages suited up for the club for their first times. Parnelle Jonker, Myla Mundell, Mya Nieboer, Grace Fooks, Kate Machacek, Russell Pinder, Chloe Brooks, Taj Grover, Nicolas Helwig, Gage Myer, Hugh Swain, Claire Puchinger, Maggie Swain, Liam Adserballe, Chelsea Collett, Kaitlin Smith, Shannon Bos, and Keith Lundquist all competed in their first meets as Orcas. In addition, some swimmers made their return to the pool after several years away. To name a few: Olivia Roest returned after taking three years away from swimming and ended up qualying for and placing 6th in the Summit Swim Camps sponsored event, the 25m showdown. Aidan Godwin, now 21, also made his return to the Orcas. The last time he swam for the Orcas was at the of 14. He clearly still has it, as he won silver in the men’s masters division.
Kate Machacek (left) and Hugh Swain (right) both swam in their first ever meets
Good participation helped the Orcas capture one of the two trophies (middle) for winning the Large Team Gross Points Award
Shifting attention Provincially, the Orcas currently have swimmers ranked in the top 3 in 21 events for all age groups 17 and under. Of those 21, 10 of those events have Orcas ranked first. Those who are currently ranked first and the events in which they are leading in are:
In addition, two Orcas relays currently have clocked the fasted time provincially in their age groups, with a total of nine 17 and under relays sitting in the top three. The two relay teams that are currently ranked 1st are:
Shifting attention to the Orcas Masters team, the Orcas currently are ranked 1st for total master’s points in the province. They are currently ranked in the top 3 in 28 events, 13 of which an Orca sits in first. Masters currently ranked first in the province are:
Aidan Godwin (left photo, blue shirt) didn’t let pool clean up duties get in the way of receiving his silver medal. Coach Josh Adams (left photo, grey shirt) won gold. They were both part of the provincial record breaking master’s medley relay team with coach James Kwan and Owen Guyn.
As with the age group swimmers, the masters are currently ranked 1st in two relays. Notably, the men’s relay team this weekend, consisting of Josh Adams, Aidan Godwin, Owen Guyn, and James Kwan, broke the old provincial record in the event but over 3 seconds. The two relay teams in first are:
The Orcas will look to add to their 15 meet winning streak this weekend (June 24), when they go to Pincher Creek. Stay tuned and Go Orcas!
Thank you Derek Chomiak for the pictures! (LINK)
The Lethbridge Orcas were back in action June 9-10 for another Region F meet in Taber. 64 Orcas were attendance with a wide range of ages representing them. Strong performances across the board led to the Orcas capturing 671 points, surpassing the next best team by 314 points.
For the second straight weekend, the Orcas had aggregate medal winners in each age group. Colby Pilsner-Roberts and Riley Ginther won gold and silver in the girls’ 6 and under category, while Bentley Togo and Kallen Weighill won gold and bronze on the boys’ side. In the 7-8 age group, the Orcas swept the girls’ medals as Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, Andie Smith, and Taylor Ginther went 1-2-3, respectively. Lily Petry won gold in the 9-10 girls’ category. On the boys’ side, Jake Odorski and Kai Polec tied for bronze while Ottavio Lutterotti won the silver. The lone medal winner in the 11-12 age group was Hunter Lutterotti, as he won bronze for the boys’. In the 13-14 age group, Charlotte Vanden Elzen won bronze on the girls’ side, while Tyson Chomiak finished first on the boys’ side. Morgan Bos was the only 15-17 to receive a medal, but did so in fashion winning gold on the girls’ side. Many medals were won in the masters’ division. For the women, Carrie Ross won bronze while Kristy Togo won gold. For the men, coaches Aaron Gamble and Josh Adams tied for silver behind coach James Kwan who won gold.
Bentley Mundell (left) had a great meet as he was 1 of 5 Orcas swimmers to get best times in all of his individual races. Tyson Chomiak (left) has started his season nearly perfectly, capturing gold in the 13-14 boys’ division in both of the first two meets
Consistency in attendance and performance is key to large winning streaks, such as the Orcas current 14-meet streak. Bentley Togo, Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, Lily Petry, and Tyson Chomiak have started their 2017 seasons exceptionally well as they have all attended both meets and won the gold aggregate for their gender and age group at each meet.
94 best times were swum by Orcas swimmers this weekend. Orcas swimmers who achieved best times in 100% of their races were: Helena Brown, Bentley Mundell, Darcy Smith, Alexa Weighill, and Kallen Weighill. In addition, 30 Orcas swimmers (nearly 50% of Orcas) were able to achieve at least 2 best times this weekend.
Darcy Smith (Left) competed in his first ever meet and did an awesome job! On the right, members of two Orcas relays get ready to race as Colby Pilsner-Roberts, Lena Loomer, Elyse Burgess, and Samantha Clamp wait in marshalling.
The Orcas will now shift their attention to their home meet, which will take place this Saturday, June 17th, at the Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre. The Orcas will have 107 swimmers competing as they will look to add to their 14-meet winning streak.
Thanks Shannon Bos for the photos! (LINK HERE)
For the third straight year, the Orcas were outnumbered by the host Claresholm Krakens at the Claresholm Kraken Invitational Swim Meet. Throughout the years, the Orcas have been repeatedly scrutinized for relying on numbers rather than skill to repeatedly dominate meets in the Southern Region. This weekend, the Orcas proved once again that high attendance numbers aren’t the only reason they have gone undefeated since the front half of the 2015 season. After several strong performances by Orcas swimmers, the Orcas finished nearly 140 points in front of the host Krakens to capture the Gross Points Award. In addition, the Orcas were awarded the Net Points Award, as the Orcas averaged more points per swimmer than any of the other seven teams at the meet.
The Orcas had strong performers all across the board, as they had aggregate medal winners in each age group. In the 6 and under division, Bentley Togo and Luke Pinder went 1-2 on the boys’ side, while Colby Pilsner-Roberts captured silver on the girls’ side. In the 7-8 category, three Orcas swept the girls’ side as Elliott Pilsner-Roberts won gold, while Taylor Ginther and Andie Smith won silver and bronze, respectively. Two swimmers dominated the 9-10 category as Jake Odorski took home the gold medal for the boy’s, while Lily Petry won the gold for the girl’s. Sean Vanderzee was the lone medal winner in the 11-12 category, but did so in style also taking home gold. Adding to the gold medal count, Tyson Chomiak won gold in the boy’s 13-14 category, while Isabelle Petry and Charlotte Vanden Elzen went 2-3 on the girl’s side. In the 15-17 age group, Madeline Vanden Elzen and Morgan Bos tied for the bronze aggregate on the girls’ side. In the masters’ division, coach Josh Adams claimed a silver medal, while coach Aaron Gamble followed right behind with bronze.
Sean Vanderzee (left) won gold in the 11-12 age group and currently sits 1st in the province in the Boys 11-12 100 Back. Coach Aaron Gamble won bronze in the masters division, but in this moment, he may have been regretting his choice to race the 200 IM.
In a total of 214 individual swims, the Orcas were able to swim 134 best times. This means that 62.6% of swims were best times, which is an insanely high rate! Swimmers who swam best times in 100% of their races were: Josh Adams, Ethan Boras, Olivia Bos, Elyse Burgess, Nicole Burgess, Carson Clamp, Taylor Ginther, Tarak Grover, Jocelyn Kozub, Austin Kremenik, Jake Odorski, Taya Odorski, Colby Pilsner-Roberts, Luke Pinder, Rowenne Shannon, Andie Smith, Bentley Togo, Alexa Weighill, Kallen Weighill, and Eric Wen.
Carson Clamp (left) and Morgan Bos (right) both represented the Orcas at a meet for their first times. Carson had a great time racing in his first ever meet, while Morgan was able to capture a bronze medal in her first meet with the club
The Claresholm meet was also the first of three meets that Region F swimmers could attempt to qualify for Swim Alberta Provincials. Swim Alberta sets a “Championship Time Standard” that a majority of year-round swimmers find hard to make. Summer swimmers who attain the standard by the June 20th cut-off-date, are eligible to compete at the event as part of the ASSA All Star Team. This is a very challenging task as summer swimmers are only given a six-week training period to obtain the same time that winter swimmers train all year to get. On the weekend, Jens Watt met the qualification time in the 50 breast. He has consistently qualified for the All Star team every year for the past half decade. On the girl’s side, Olivia Bos swam a massive best time to fall 0.05 seconds short of the time standard in the 50 breast. The Orcas have two more meets before the deadline. Many more Orcas have a probable chance of reaching the Championship Time Standard.
Jens Watt (left) qualified for Swim Alberta Provincials, meeting the time standard in the 50 breaststroke. Lily Petry (right) won gold in the girls’ 9-10 category and currently ranks 1st provincially in two events.
As of June 4, U17 Orcas swimmers are ranked in the top 3 provincially in 25 events. Of those 25, 11 of them are currently ranked first. Those currently ranked 1st in the province are: