For the fourth straight meet this season, the Orcas broke a club attendance record (bringing 110 swimmers to the meet) and captured yet another gross points title (23rd consecutive Region F meet victory). In total, the Orcas scored 1,612 points, more than doubling the next closest team, the Claresholm Krakens, who scored 701 points.
A total of 231 individual best times were obtained by Orcas swimmers, which averaged to over 2 best times per swimmer. This rate is exceptional considering the maximum allowance of 4 individual events, with many younger swimmers competing in a smaller number of races. Of the 110 swimmers, the following were able to achieve best times in 100% of their individual races: Ben Adserballe (13), Liam Adserballe (10), Nicole Burgess (9), Matt Clarkson (M), Walter Figueroa (11), Grace Fooks (6), Riley Ginther (6), Tristen Harvey (13), Indyana Isfeld (16), Kylie Kozub (4), Keith Lundquist (M), Kate Machacek (6), Lincoln Mackey (7), Arden Matheson (6), Joel Odorski (M), Aki Oshima (10), Bren Pilsner (16), Caileigh Sheppard (M), Maggie Swain (10), Emmerson Tone (10), and Makinley Wentz (6).
Kate Machacek (left) had an awesome meet as one of the numerous 100% best time Orcas. Alejandro Figueroa (right) would have joined this list had he not been DQ’d once, but he still had a phenomenal first meet back as an Orca!
20 Orcas were also able to win aggregate medals this weekend. The aggregate medal winners were:
Kira Armstrong (left) and Tyson Chomiak (right) were both medal winners. They were also members of the Mixed 17&U Medley Relay that tied the provincial record
Very notably, 3 Orcas are currently in the midst of undefeated seasons. Petra Tymko (10) and Devlan Sheppard (14) are both undefeated in 16 individual races through 4 meets, while coach Keeley Watt is currently undefeated in 12 individual races through 3 meets. It is also important to note the assortment of events they have held these streaks in. While a lot of swimmers stick to relatively similar race schedules from weekend to weekend, Sheppard has raced in 10 different events and is currently ranked in the top 8 provincially in 7 of them. Tymko and Watt also haven’t shied away from various events. Tymko has raced 7 different events and is currently in the top 8 provincially in 6 of them, while Watt is ranked in the top 8 in all 6 of the events she has competed in.
The Orcas are currently sitting quite well in the Provincial rankings. The age group team (17&U) is currently ranked 2nd in the Provincial Large Team Standings behind the defending champions, the Calgary Swordfish. The Master’s team is currently the #1 ranked team, as they will be looking to defend their Master’s Provincial Title from last year. There are currently 51 individual events in which an Orca is ranked top 3 provincially. Of those 51, the following is a list of Orcas currently ranked 1st:
Josh Adams – B 18&O – 50 Fr
Josh Adams – B 18&O – 50 Fl
Josh Adams – B 18&O – 100 Fr
Josh Adams – B 18&O – 100 Bk
Josh Adams – B 18&O – 200 Fr
Tyson Chomiak – B 15-17 – 50 Fr
Tyson Chomiak – B 15-17 – 100 Fr
Tyson Chomiak – B 15-17 – 200 Fr
Riley Ginther – G 6&U – 25 Bk
Riley Ginther – G 6&U – 25 Br
Taylor Ginther – G 7-8 – 50 Bk
James Kwan – B 18&O – 200 IM
Ottavio Lutterotti – B 9-10 – 25 Br
Ottavio Lutterotti – B 9-10 – 50 Br
Joel Odorski – B 18&O – 100 Br
Devlan Sheppard – B 13-14 – 100 IM
Jens Watt – B 15-17 – 50 Br
Keeley Watt – G 18&O – 100 Fr
Keeley Watt – G 18&O – 100 IM
Keeley Watt – G 18&O – 200 IM
With regards to relays, 14 Orcas relays are currently ranked in the top 3 provincially. Of those 14 teams, 3 of them are currently ranked #1. Of those 3 teams, the 17&U mixed medley relay team consisting of Tyson Chomiak, Jens Watt, Morgan Bos, and Kira Armstrong tied the Provincial Record at the Lethbridge Meet. Funny enough, that record was set by an Orca squad last year, consisting of David Kindley, Jens Watt, Morgan Bos, and Charlotte Vanden Elzen. So, 6 Orcas currently hold the provincial record in the event!
Calla Nunweiler and Hailey Puchinger (left) take in the fun relay experience of getting to play and race with friends! Davida Letourneau (right) is one of four members (Taylor Ginther, Davida Letourneau, Samantha Clamp, and Andie Smith) on the Provincial leading girls 8&U Free Relay
The Lethbridge Meet also hosted a special event, the Summit Swim Camps 25m Showdown. Summit Swim Camps have partnered with the Lethbridge Orcas the past several years to put on technical and preparation camps to give swimmers the optimal experience at Regionals and Provincials. The 25m showdown consisted of the top 8 girls and boys 17&U 50m freestylers from the morning. The sponsored event saw winners receiving new Speedo bags, with silver and bronze medalists receiving new goggles. Orcas earning these rewards were: Morgan Bos (3rd in the girl’s race), Jens Watt (2nd in the boy’s race), and Tyson Chomiak (1st in the boy’s race).
With races lasting under 13 seconds, the finish was super tight. Here, Tyson Chomiak narrowly out-touches Jens Watt for the win of the Boys 25m showdown
The Orcas will not compete next weekend. They will be back in action at the Southern Alberta Summer Games on July 6th and 7th in Taber.
The Orcas returned with large numbers to Pincher Creek on June 15-16 to win their 22nd consecutive Region F meet. For the third straight meet this season, the Orcas set another all-time meet attendance record, marking the first time 65 Orcas have competed in Pincher Creek.
Coach Keeley (left) and coach Steve (right) were two victims of DQ’s on relays. Even the veterans have lapses in focus sometimes
Seven Orcas stood out for outstanding individual performances, as they were able to achieve best times in 100% of their individual events. These 7 Orcas were: Tristen Harvey (14), Davida Letourneau (8), Golden Letourneau (11), Myla Mundell (5), Jake Odorski (11), Russell Pinder (6), and Maggie Swain (10).
Russell Pinder (left) stares down the competition on his way to 100% best times. Maggie Swain (right) was another 100% best time swimmer, crushing her first meet of the season
In addition, twelve Orcas were able to capture individual aggregate medals. These medal winners from the weekend were:
Orcas swimmers practice multiple ways to get ready for races. Some joke around and keep things light, as shown by Claire Peake, Coach Caileigh, and Aki Oshima (left), while others, like Ben Adserballe (right), bring a little more silent intensity.
The Orcas as a whole have had an exceptional start to the season. For the past three weeks, they have been the #1 ranked age group team (17&U) in the province. Coming off a 4th place finish at Provincials in 2017 and a 7th place finish in 2016, this strong early season ranking bodes well for the Orcas as they continue their season and push towards their team goal of a top 3 at Provincials.
Lethbridge will look to continue their momentum as they will be competing this weekend at the University of Lethbridge Pool on Saturday, June 23. There will, without a doubt, be plenty of fast swimming this weekend.
Thanks Shannon Bos and Derek Chomiak for the pictures!
Shannon link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146206833@N02/albums
Derek link: (coming soon)
It was an historic weekend in terms of Orcas attendance at the Claresholm Kraken Invitational on June 8th and 9th. The Orcas were in full force as 83 swimmers competed in the meet. They shattered the 5-year-old record of 70 swimmers at this Claresholm meet from 2013. The Orcas have been well represented at meets this year. They have set two club attendance records in the first two meets, as 51 swimmers at the Brooks Invitational (first meet of the season) marked the first time more than 50 swimmers had gone from the club. Will the Orcas continue their high attendance for the rest of the season? In addition to such strong attendance, the Orcas were able to capture the Gross Points title, marking the 21st consecutive Region F meet win.
Orcas Attendance at the Claresholm Invitational over the past 5 years is a great visual representation of the recent growth of the club!
With such high numbers in attendance, there were bound to be a few best times. A total of 157 individual best times were racked up by Orcas swimmers. Leading the charge, achieving best times in 100% of their individual swims were: Carson Clamp (6), Alex Ginther (6), Ari Grover (5), Taj Grover (7), Tarak Grover (6), Bryn Hamer (12), Reese Martindale (7), Hannah Murtagh (6), Jaxon Nault (12), McCall Nault (10), Calla Nunweiler (6), Joel Odorski (40), Reid Pinder (5), Devlan Sheppard (14), Jayda Tymko (10), and Alexa Weighill (10).
Tarak Grover (left) and McCall Nault (right) were 2 of the 16 Orcas who achieved best times in 100% of their individual events
In addition to the best times, 16 aggregate medals were earned by Orcas swimmers across the various age groups. Medal winners were:
Riley Ginther – Silver
Alex Ginther – Gold
Andie Smith – Silver
Taylor Ginther – Gold
Jayda Tymko – Bronze
Petra Tymko – Gold
Ottavio Lutterotti – Gold
Lily Petry – Bronze
Olivia Bos – Bronze
Devlan Sheppard – Gold
Charlotte Vanden Elzen – Bronze
Ethan Boras – Bronze
Tyson Chomiak – Gold
Caileigh Sheppard – Bronze
Keeley Watt – Gold
Josh Adams – Gold
Taylor Ginther (left) ripped some really fast swims to win the gold aggregate in the girls 7-8 category and lower her own club record in the girls 7-8 50 backstroke. After a negative experience with the sun on his legs two weeks ago, coach Josh Adams (right) battled through the burn to win 4/4 events and gold in the boys 18&O category
The Claresholm Invitational was the second of three meets that Region F swimmers could attempt to qualify for Swim Alberta Winter Club Summer Championships as part of the ASSA All-Start Team. In order to qualify, swimmers must obtain a Championship Time Standard, a feat most winter club swimmers find challenging after training 9 months for. Last week in Brooks, with 6 weeks of training, Jens Watt (16) qualified in the 50 breaststroke. Tyson Chomiak (15) booked himself a spot on the all-star team this weekend, reaching the time standard in the 50 freestyle. Summer Championships run July 28 – July 1st in Calgary. Qualifiers will get a chance to race in an Olympic length pool (50m) against Alberta’s best winter club swimmers. Chomiak will be racing the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, and 100 freestyle. Watt has not confirmed attendance at the meet yet. A few other Orcas will be trying to qualify this weekend in Pincher Creek.
Two club records were also broken this weekend. Andie Smith (8) broke a 12-year-old record in the 25 butterfly in a time of 19.24. The old record was actually held by coach Keeley Watt, who went 19.54 back in 2006. Taylor Ginther (8) broke the other record in the girls 7-8 50 backstroke. She lowered the record she set last year (47.57) to a time of 46.40. Both of these girls will be looking to continue to lower their records throughout the rest of the summer!
Many Orcas have started off with really great season’s. Quite notably, there are currently 5 Orcas swimmers who are undefeated in individual races. Three of these undefeated swimmers have competed in 2 meets (8 individual races), while the other two competed for this first time this season in Claresholm (4 individual races). The current undefeated Orcas swimmers and the events they have won are:
Tyson Chomiak (15) – Boys 15-17
Brooks: 50 Fl
Claresholm: 50 Bk
Ottavio Lutterotti (10) – Boys 9-10
Claresholm: 25 Br
Devlan Sheppard (14) – Boys 13-14
Brooks: 50 Fr
Claresholm: 50 Fl
Petra Tymko (10) – Girls 9-10
Brooks: 25 Bk
Claresholm: 50 Bk
Keeley Watt (20) – Girls 18&O
Claresholm: 50 Bk
Carson Clamp (left) accepts advice from undefeated coach Keeley Watt on way to getting best times in 100% of his swims. Another solid meet for Charlotte Vanden Elzen (right) who won bronze in the girls 15-17 category. Look for these same thumbs up Friday in Pincher Creek when she races the 200, 400, 800, and 1500 freestyle in one night
The Orcas will look to continue their high attendance and great performance this weekend (June 15-16) at the Pincher Creek Invitational. Other important dates to look out for is the Orcas home meet on June 23rd which will be at the University of Lethbridge pool.