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: