Thanks Steve Kwan, Shannon Bos, and Derek Chomiak for the awesome pictures!
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The Orcas swung for the fences at Regionals on August 11-12 at the University of Lethbridge Pool. A large contingent, consisting of 97 Orcas were able to win the meet, scoring 1,892 points, doubling the next highest team at 949 points. It was an exciting meet, with Orcas swimmers raking in 197 medals while swimming a total of 396 best times. This marked the 14th straight victory for the Lethbridge Orcas at the Region F Regionals. It also marked the 31st straight Region F meet victory for the Orcas, considering both in-season meets and Regionals. The 31-meet streak has now lasted 3 and a half years. The Orcas are closing in on the club-record winning streak 39-meets and will push for that milestone next season.
The Orcas have now won 31 straight Region F meets (3.5 years). They’re on their way back to the record of 39. 61 of these Orcas qualified for ASSA Provincials in Edmonton on Aug 18-19. (Photo Credit: Steve Kwan)
Of the 396 best times, several Orcas swimmers were able to achieve best times in 100% of their events. Of the 97 Orcas competing, the following 44 Orcas were perfect in best time hunting: Josh Adams (19), Ben Adserballe (13), Liam Adserballe (10), Morgan Bos (16), Olivia Bos (14), Tyson Chomiak (15), Carson Clamp (6), Alejandro Figueroa (14), Walter Figueroa (11), Brooklyn Filipenko (11), Riley Ginther (6), Taylor Ginther (8), Avani Grover (9), Tarak Grover (6), Rosie Harvey (15), Indyana Isfeld (16), Brooklyn Kimmen (11), David Kindley (16), Kylie Kozub (4), Soleil Letourneau (17), Hannah Lundquist (11), Keith Lundquist (41), Brent Nunweiler (34), Luca Nunweiler (8), Kiera Petrone (12), Isabelle Petry (14), Bren Pilsner (16), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (9), Kai Polec (11), Claire Puchinger (10), Devlan Sheppard (14), Kennedy Smith (12), Nicole Suarez (16), Maggie Swain (10), Tate Tolman (22), Jayda Tymko (10), John Vanden Elzen (13), Sean Vanderzee (13), Alexa Weighill (10), Kallen Weighill (7), Eric Wen (13), Makinley Wentz (6), and Cole Wirun (14).
Sean Vanderzee (left) and Devlan Sheppard (right) were two Orcas who went 100% best times and booked multiple events at ASSA Provincials this weekend. 3 of Devlan’s swims were also top 10 in ASSA history for the boys 13-14 age group.
(Picture Credit: Steve Kwan)
Competition was high, with all of Region F competing at very peak levels. When the dust settled, the Orcas found themselves with 61 Provincial Qualifiers (9 more swimmers than last year). The full Orcas provincial team can be found on the ASSA website at:
Swimmers who deserve honourable mention from this group are those who went 100% in winning their individual events. The 9 swimmers who were able to achieve this feat (3 more than the 6 we had last year) were: Josh Adams (19), Kira Armstrong (17), Tyson Chomiak (15), Taylor Ginther (8), Ottavio Lutterotti (10), Devlan Sheppard (14), Rachel Tkach (24), Petra Tymko (10), and Keeley Watt (20).
Ottavio Lutterotti (left) and Kira Armstrong (right) had Michael Phelps-esque performances as they were on the list of Orcas winning 100% of their individual events. (Photo Credit: Steve Kwan)
Some other highlights from Orcas swimmers marking some of the fastest times in ASSA history were:
Coach Steve (left) and Coach James (right) can be found at the coaches table going cheering on every breath of an Orca’s breastroke race. (Photo Credit: Shannon Bos)
In addition to the strong individual performances this weekend, the Orcas will also be sending a number of relay teams to Provincials. A total of 26 Orcas relays will be competing at Provincials this weekend, just outnumbering the 24 relays we sent to the meet last season. Of these 24 teams, 13 are seeded in the top 3 provincially, with a number of other teams right on the medal bubble. Some attention should be given to the girls 8&U medley and free relay teams, who have a chance of breaking old provincial records in the events from 1990 and 1991. Help the Orcas get behind these teams, as well as all the other teams this weekend!
Andie Smith (left) is on both of the girls 8&U teams that will be going for gold medals and provincial records this weekend. Jayda Tymko takes over off of Alexa Weighill (right) in the girls 10&U relay. The 10&U team consisting of Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, Alexa Weighill, Jayda Tymko, and Petra Tymko broke club records in both the medley and free 10&U relays. (Photo Credit: Shannon Bos)
The 61 Orcas will travel up to Edmonton on August 18-19 for the ASSA Provincial Championships. The Orcas age-group team will be trying to return to the top 3 Large Teams in the Province (last being on the podium in 2014). With a 4th place finish last season, and being ranked in the top 3 all season, a podium result is in the cards. It is now up to each and every Orca to get up, have some fun, and race one last time this summer.
Thanks Derek Chomiak for the pictures from Fort Mac!
Region F’s ASSA regular season ended with a final meet in Fort Macleod on July 27-28. The Orcas were out in full force as 71 Orcas competed in the final outdoor meet of the summer. They were able to capture their 27th consecutive Region F meet title thanks to strong performances across all age groups.
For aggregate medals, Alex Ginther and Riley Ginther went 3-2 in the girls 6&U category. In the girls 7-8, Samantha Clamp earned bronze while Taylor Ginther finished with silver. There was an Orcas sweep in the girls 9-10 category as Petra Tymko, Jayda Tymko, and Elliott Pilsner-Roberts went 1-2-3, respectively. Olivia Bos won bronze in the girls 13-14 category and Kira Armstrong and Soleil Letourneau won bronze and silver in the girls 15-17 division. In the girl’s master’s category, Caileigh Sheppard won bronze and Rachel Tkach won gold. On the boy’s side, Ottavio Lutterotti won gold in the boys 9-10 competition. Devlan Sheppard won gold for the boys 13-14 age group and Tyson Chomiak ended up with silver in the boys 15-17 category. Coach Josh Adams narrowly edged out coach James Kwan in the master’s division as they went 1-2.
Coach Caileigh and Emi Polec (left) show off the gross points plaque from the meet. Elliott Pilsner-Roberts earned bronze in the girls 9-10 category
41 club records were broken last year in the 2017 season, primarily during the Championship Season. The Orcas have already tracked down and beaten 12 club records this season. Club records broken so far this year, and the date of the last record are:
Coach Steve (left) reacts appropriately and swam his 100 fly blind when he lost his goggles on his dive. Tate Tolman (right) is a master’s swimmer who has made his return after a couple years away
Throughout the season, we have tracked to progress of a few Orcas swimmers doing the exceptional task of remaining undefeated through all events. Devlan Sheppard and coach Keeley Watt have finished the regular season undefeated. Devlan has raced at every single meet and has raced every single possible event besides the 1,500 freestyle. To be undefeated by swimming the same four events would be one thing, but he has managed to be undefeated across every stroke and distance. Coach Keeley Watt competed in almost all events, electing not to race 4 (short breast, long breast, short free, and 1500 free). As with Devlan, the versatility to be successful across various strokes and distances has been an impressive demonstration of swimming ability this season.
Devlan Sheppard (left) has finished his regular season undefeated, swimming every single events and breaking 2 club records in the process. Keeley Watt (right) as also remained undefeated all summer long. With success in such diverse events, which 4 events will these two choose to swim at Regionals and Provincials? (Picture Credit: Shannon Bos).
The Orcas are positioned well in Provincial Rankings going into the Championship Season. The 17&U age-group team are currently ranked 3rd, a mere 5.8 points behind second place. They will be trying to finish in the top 3 for large team points for the first time since they finished 3rd in 2013. The Orcas Master’s team is currently ranked 1st and are in good position to defend their Master’s title from last season. Although they are currently first, it will undoubtedly be a close competition between the Orcas, the St. Albert Sailfish, and the North Edmonton Swim Club.
Regionals will run at the University of Lethbridge Pool from August 10-12. The top 2 in every event, or wild-card qualifiers will then qualify to compete at Provincials in Edmonton from August 17-19.
Thanks Shannon and Derek for the photos!
The Lethbridge Orcas were in action two more times in the past two weeks. They competed at the Crowsnest Pass Piranhas Invitational on July 13-14 and then again at the Nanton Marlins Invitational on July 20-21. Swimmers froze and fried as temperatures ranged between 10-30 degrees Celsius at the outdoor meets. Gross team points victories marked the 25th and 26th straight Region F meets that the Lethbridge Orcas have won.
Orcas attendance was very strong at the meet, with 66 swimmers representing the Orcas. This was the second best attendance the Orcas have had in Crowsnest, just behind our club record of 73 from 2011. There were 15 aggregate medal winners at the CNP Invitational.
Hunter Lutterotti (aka: THE MACHINE) (left) ripped 3 best times in CNP and 2 best times in Nanton. 2017 Orcas Master’s Swimmer of the Year, Keith Lundquist (right), attempted the IM for the first time in Nanton placing 3rd. Will he swim this event at Regionals
Medal winners were:
In addition to strong individual point contributors, 83 individual best times were swum at the meet. Nicolas Helwig (7), Parnelle Jonker (5), and Kylie Kozub (4) were the top contributors to the best time count as they achieved best times in 100% of their individual events.
Parnelle Jonker (left) competed in her second ever meet as an Orca and swam best times in 100% of her races. Kierra Petrone (right) won her first ever aggregate medal, winning bronze in the girls 11-12 category in Crowsnest Pass
The Orcas were also very close to setting a club attendance record in Nanton. The record currently stands as 56 from 2012. In the past 3 years, the Orcas have flirted with this record, sending 53 in 2018, 52 in 2017, and 55 in 2016. This year, Orcas swimmers earned 16 aggregate medals. Medal winners were:
The smaller crew of Orcas, relative to the CNP meet, were able to earn 77 individual best times. 5 Orcas were able to achieve best times in 100% of their individual swims. These swimmers were: Isaac Friesen (6), Morganne Harding (12), Kate Machacek (6), Brent Nunweiler (34) and Jayda Tymko (10).
Aki Oshima and Jayda Tymko (left) have some fun before a race at CNP. Taya Odorski, Claire Peake, Reese Martindale, and Jocelyn Kozub (right) take a picture before crushing a relay at CNP
As the Orcas wind up their regular season, with only 1 in-season meet left in Fort MacLeod on July 27-28, there are still 2 Orcas swimmers who are undefeated this season.
Firstly, Devlan Sheppard (14) has attended every meet this season. He is undefeated through 28 events (which include every single event besides the 1,500 freestyle). Of these events, he is ranked top 8 provincially in 8 of those events.
Secondly, Coach Keeley Watt (20) is also undefeated. She has raced in 20 individual events this season. Keeley is ranked in the top 8 in 10 events and is currently ranked first in 4 events.
Birthday boy Sean Vanderzee (left) shows off the Gross Points award and candy jar from Nanton. Ottavio Lutterotti (right) is one Orca who has been nearly undefeated this season, only placing 2nd individually one time this season
Two Orcas who should receive honorable mentions in this category are Ottavio Lutterotti (10) and Petra Tymko (10). Both of these swimmers have been nearly perfect this summer, winning all but 1 event. Ottavio has 25 first place finishes and 1 second place finish in the 200 freestyle from the Pincher Creek Invitational. Petra has finished first 30/31 times this season, only losing her streak in Nanton as she came second in the 50 freestyle.
One more regular season swim meet remains for the Lethbridge Orcas in Fort Macleod, as the the Orcas will to to end what has been a very successful season on July 28-29. Following Fort Mac will be the Championship Season, as Orcas swimmers will be competing at Region F Regionals from August 10-12 in Lethbridge and the ASSA Provincials from August 17-19 in Edmonton.