2 relatively large events occurred in the past couple of weekends. The Swim Alberta Summer Championships for year-long swimmers took place over Canada Day weekend in Calgary and Southern Alberta Summer Games took place the next weekend in Taber.
As mentioned in previous articles, summer club swimmers could compete at Summer Championships if they achieved one or more “Championship Qualifying Time Standard” by June 18th, a feat that many year-round swimmers find difficult to achieve. After a mere month-and-a-half of training, 2 Orcas qualified. Jens Watt qualified in the 50 breaststroke, while Tyson Chomiak qualified in the 50 free, 100 free, and 50 backstroke. Notably, Olivia Bos achieved her time standard in the 50 and 100 breaststroke at the Lethbridge Meet on June 23rd, but could not attend the meet as it was after the qualification period.
As Watt elected not to compete, Chomiak was the lone Orca at the meet. He competed in the 50 free, 100 free, 50 back, 50 fly, and 200 IM. He raced extremely well, not showing any signs of inexperience in the 50m Olympic length pool (he had only previously swum in 25m pools, as we do in summer club). His weekend was highlighted by his swims in the 50 back and 50 free events, where he earned A and B final appearances. He ultimately finished 7th in the 50 back and 9th in the 50 free. In addition to his superb swims, he was also able to achieve Western and National age-group qualifying time standards in the 50 freestyle.
Tyson Chomiak (left) was the lone Orca at Summer Championships, capping off a great meet by achieving western and national time standards in the 50 Fr. Luca Nunweiler (right) was 1 of 3 Nunweiler’s to compete at the Southern Alberta Summer. She earned gold and silver relay medals and swam an individual best time in the 25 Bk.
47 Orcas took to Taber to compete at the Southern Alberta Summer Games on June 6th and 7th. For the 24th consecutive Region F in-season meet, the Orcas were able to capture the most team points. Highlights of the meet included a total of 109 individual best times, 105 podium results in individual events, and 11 podium results in relay events.
Ottavio Lutterotti (left) earned 5 gold medals in 5 races (4 individual and 1 relay). Taylor Ginther (right) picked up 5 medals of varying colours in 6 races
Of the 109 individual medal winners, gold medal winners in individual events were: (Note: The 6 Orcas swimmers with name in bold captured gold in 100% of their events this weekend)
Orcas who contributed most to the 109 best times, by achieving best times in 100% of their individual events were: Tyson Chomiak (15), Braeden Gaskell (9), Brent Nunweiler (34), Jake Odorski (11), Devlan Sheppard (14), John Vanden Elzen (13), Alexa Weighill (10), and Kallen Weighill (7).
John Vanden Elzen (left) and Coach Keeley Watt (right) demonstrate picture perfect breathing. John ripped 100% best times and won 5 medals this weekend. Keeley was undefeated this weekend, winning all her races. She is also 1 of 3 Orcas swimmers who are still undefeated on the season
The Orcas will be back in action this weekend as they will look to win their 25th straight Region-F meet on July 14th at the Crownest Pass Invitational Swim Meet.